Why does post format change when posted?

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    carolwelsh
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    I’m not sure why this keeps happening, but when I post a poem, the format changes once I hit publicize. Does anyone know what I might be doing wrong? I copy and paste…could that be the reason? Do I need to retype the whole poem into the post box to keep the format from changing? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is carolwelsh.wordpress.com.

    #896958

    Two things you need to know. First, if you’re posting from a word processor, like Word:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/microsoft-word/

    Second you need to know how to format poetry so that it will show up the way you want, in your posts:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/writing-and-formatting-poetry/

    I hope that helps.

    #896960

    carolwelsh
    Member

    Oh my gosh, yes, that helps…but maybe I just won’t post poems anymore, yikes! Anyway, thanks!

    #896961

    timethief
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    @carolwelsh
    As you have been copying and pasting text from elsewhere without using either icon 5 or icon 6 in Row 2 of the visual editor, please see here http://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/#pasting-text

    Then go to Settings > Writing and select “ ___ WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically” and then scroll down and click “Save Changes.”

    Posts > All Posts, change all your latest posts to Draft, click Update, change them back to Published, click Update again. (You can edit all of them at once: tick the square in front of their titles then select Edit from the Bulk Actions dropdown and click Apply.)

    #896962

    carolwelsh
    Member

    I’ll try all of that…but I’m worried all of this may be a bit beyond me. Thanks!

    #896963

    timethief
    Member

    It’s not as difficult as it seems. :)

    #897036

    If you use Windows, the simplest thing is to copy and paste from notepad, which you should find on your computer. (There is a similar program on a Mac, but I’m not a Mac user and can’t remember what it’s called). It retains the line breaks but leaves out all the incompatible coding that Word dumps in.

    Also – here’s a quick thing to remember:

    to break a line for a paragraph, hit your return or enter key once.
    to break a line for single spacing (ie, at the end of a line for a new one) hold down the shift key while hitting the return or enter key.

    Even those couple of tips should help you with most poetry.

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