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At 08:28 22/12/2012 -0500, Virgil Aonly wrote:
I had never heard of the "paste special" feature, so I just tried it. I started with an .rtf file that LO didn't like. I selected the entire file with Ctrl-A, copied it (Ctrl-C) and then pasted it special back onto itself as "unformatted text." It worked just as well as copying to a text editor. Kinda slick actually.

But, with either method, I lost the contents of my footnotes. To date, I haven't found a way with LO to convert formatted text to plain unformatted text and keep footnotes.

The problem is not with Paste Special... but simply with the fact that Ctrl+A selects either all the body text or all of a single footnote, depending on where the cursor is. If you paste an unformatted copy of the body text, you lose the connection to footnotes and so lose the footnotes too.

But there is a way to salvage the footnote text:
o Go to Edit | Find & Replace... (or Ctrl+F).
o If necessary, click More Options.
o Tick "Search for Styles".
o Under "Search for", select Footnote from the drop-down menu.
o Click Find All to select the text of all footnotes.
o You can now copy the footnote text and paste it as required.

The text of all the footnotes will be concatenated into a single piece of text and will lose all connection to the original footnote markers - but this is in the nature of what you will be trying to achieve using Paste Special... in any case, of course.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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