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How to Avoid Those Black/White Bars

facingthenorthwind

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So ever since we got the new skins (thank you admins!!!), there has been a problem: when you copy something manually from a post, it ends up with black of white bars of background behind the text, depending on which skin you're using. It looks ugly, it doesn't go away when you're trying to copy and paste links even if you manually try to change the background, and it's the worst. I mean, not actually the worst, but it's pretty annoying.

One way to fix this is to do ctrl+shift+v but that strips out ALL formatting, including links or bolding. And sometimes you're lazy and really want to keep that formatting instead of redoing it all in the text box. (thank you @just.a.willow.tree for reminding me that I should have put this in here as a solution also!)

I have found another solution.

The solution was actually always there, I just didn't notice it. So I will walk you through it and then you, too, will have magical power over the background bars! It's possible that everyone knew it and this is going to look silly, but I suspect not, because otherwise the background thing wouldn't be happening. Note that this will ONLY WORK if the thing you're copying doesn't already have a weird background. If it does, then it will keep that weird background and everything is still sad. There is a slightly more bothersome solution to this: copy and paste the thing you want and then hit the Tx button -- the one on the far left of the text box right next to my profile pic in steps two and three. It will strip the bolding and italics but it will KEEP links, so it's slightly better than ctrl+shift+v.

STEP ONE:

Find your thing you want to copy. Then highlight it and scroll to the bottom of the text you're copying. You'll see an orange "QUOTE SELECTION" button. Click it. (I really should have picked an example that had formatting to demonstrate how it retains the formatting, but I didn't and now it's 1am and I'm not about to change these pictures.)

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STEP TWO:

So now you've got the thing you want to copy inside a quote box in the text editor at the bottom of the page. This isn't actually a step, I just want to make sure your post looks something like this:

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STEP THREE:

"But Emma," you say. "I don't want it inside a quote box! I just want it by itself!" Ah, here is the magic.What you want to do is go to the black bar that will say either "QUOTE" or "On [date] at [time], [user] said:" and then ctrl+right click on it, preferably where the [date] [time] [user] text is, just to make sure it'll come up correctly. And then the menu in this picture will come up and you want to click Remove Quote and Keep Contents. And voila! Now you have your text with all the existing formatting, without the gross background, and there's no quote box! We did it! We vanquished IPB!

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For further IPB-vanquishing, try ctrl+right clicking other elements of your post! You can set the dimensions of images! I was going to have a list here but that's actually the only other one I've found so far! Do let me know if you find another cool thing you can do.

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just.a.willow.tree

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This is so smart!

What I've been doing, since I'm a prefect and have these powers, is I've just been clicking "edit" on whatever post's thing I need to copy (especially if I don't want to remove important formatting), copying it straight from the text editor, closing out of the text editor, and then pasting into wherever I need to post it. @Alopex gave us this handy idea, which has been really useful for copying things like the Prefect Blog posts. ?

Also, for more minor things that don't have this important formatting you want to keep (like the example you had above), you can just copy your selection, and then paste using ctrl+shift+v (or command+shift+v, if you're on a Mac, I think), which will paste without any formatting (which removes the background/color of the copied text). For blocks of text that already don't have formatting, this can be super quick and painless, and it's how I usually do it, because I'm too lazy to do things that involve multiple clicks. However, for things with bolded/underlined/large/etc. words, then you might not want to use this method because that'll be erased.

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facingthenorthwind

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@just.a.willow.tree you will not BELIEVE how many convoluted solutions I had before I discovered this, haha. It involved like. multiple tabs and editing posts and pasting them temporarily into other posts and....it was a mess. But yes, both of those methods are also useful! I still absolutely do ctrl+shift+v when there's no formatting, but i am laaaazy and prefer to keep the formatting if there is any, haha.

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Alopex

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This is an awesome tip! I can edit anyone’s post so haven’t had to be as creative finding a solution and just do what Eva described.

I’ve also noticed I only have the issue on mobile...on my laptop it actually works fine to copy paste and doesn’t do the gross formatting. But I don’t think that’s true for everyone. 

You can also switch temporarily to the default theme (assuming the person you are copying from doesn’t have the annoying background from their theme from copy pasting themselves).

And lastly, sometimes highlighting the entire post and changing your text and text background to the color “automatic” works, but it seems to be inconsistent and also won’t allow you to keep formatting on text you’ve formatted to have a color.

It also is not just a problem copying from another post here on HPFT. Copying text from a document on your computer or from another web page also results in some odd looking stuff that’s especially hard to see on the dark skin.

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sunshine_locks

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this is so freaking helpful, thank you omg!! 

- from someone who suffers this dilemma every time and ends up typing it out

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Felpata_Lupin

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I just tried your tactic! Emma, you are my saviour! :bowdown:

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victoria_anne

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Erm, I tried and it still doesn't work for me :S

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facingthenorthwind

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@victoria_anne does the thing you're trying to c/p already have sad white/black bars? If so, then you gotta highlight it in the text box (you can just c/p it straight in without quoting) and hit the Tx button -- the one next to my profile pic in steps two and three. Does that help? If not, I'd love more info on what you're trying to copy, where, etc.

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