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    Alternatives to Microsoft Word

    In This Article:

      Background

      Pasting content from Microsoft Word doesn't just paste the stuff that you want.  it pastes a lot of other junk.

      Check out all the code Microsoft hides in its content:

      word_junk.png

      This other junk really, really messes up the appearance of your website or email blast, which is why Salsa recommends not pasting directly from Microsoft Word.  Salsa recommends pasting into a text editor like Notepad or TextEdit (in plain-text mode), then copying that to paste into Salsa.  If you'd like to keep the formatting in Word, then there are some alternatives that can make tha happen.  Interested?  Then read on!

      Solutions Overview

      Use this list of alternatives if you are in a hurry and don't have the time to read a lot of details.  There are two web-based solutions that you can get started with quickly, and one Firefox plugin that takes about 3 minutes to install.  

      1. Create a GoogleDocs page. Copy directly from the screen and paste into the WYSIWYG editor in Salsa. Google login required.
      2. Create SkyDrive/OneDrive document. Copy directly from the screen and paste into the WYSIWYG editor in Salsa. Outlook.com login required.
      3. Install the "Xinha Here!" plugin for Firefox.  Edit directly into the HTML field in Salsa.  Remember to right-click in the HTML field to start the plugin!

      Solutions Details

      There are a lot of products that can edit HTML.  We used the following selection criteria when narrowing down the choices:

      1. Allow the contents of a Microsoft Word screen be pasted in
      2. The editor shows exactly what will be produced
      3. (Web-based) The contents of the screen can be copied and pasted into Salsa with little or no degradation
      4. (Plugin) Easy-to-use
      5. Usable from a web browser.  No licensing or paying for another application.

      Here are the solutions that we think can do the trick.

      Google Docs

      1. Requires a Google login, so you'll need to get one if you don't have one already.  (Go ahead, everybody's doing it!)
      2. Google Docs usually links to Google Drive, so don't be surprised if that happens.
      3. Navigate here: https://docs.google.com
      4. Create a Document.
      5. Start composing.  The controls are all pretty standard and don't introduce any surprises.
      6. --OR-- Copy from Microsoft Word and paste it into the document.
      7. --OR-- Upload and open an existing Microsoft Word document.
      8. Copy the contents from the screen. (control-A or command-A)
      9. Navigate back to the Salsa page that you are editing.
      10. If you are working in a field that has the WYSIWYG editor, then click on the "Source" button.
      11. Paste in the contents.
      12. Save your work.

      SkyDrive/OneDrive

      (At this writing, the service is called SkyDrive.  Microsoft is renaming it to OneDrive as a result of a patent judgement.  We'll update this page when that transition is done.)

      1. Requires an Outlook.com or Love.com login, so you'll need to get one if you don't have one already.  (And who, may I ask, doesn't have one?)
      2. Google Docs usually links to Google Drive, so don't be surprised if that happens.
      3. Navigate here:http://skydrive.com  (or http://onedrive.com)
      4. Create a Document.
      5. Start composing.  The controls are very Microsoft Word-ish, so if you use Word a lot then it should be a pretty comfortable fit.
      6. --OR-- Copy from Microsoft Word and paste it into the document.
      7. --OR-- Upload and open an existing Microsoft Word document.
      8. Copy the contents from the screen. (control-A or command-A)
      9. Navigate back to the Salsa page that you are editing.
      10. If you are working in a field that has the WYSIWYG editor, then click on the "Source" button.
      11. Paste in the contents.
      12. Save your work.

      Xinha Here! Plugin for Firefox

      The "Xinha Here!" plugin is just about the only  HTML editor for Firefox that behaves well in the Salsa environment.  There are others, but they tend to be complicated or don't work the way we want.  This is an excellent alternative if you'd rather not have either a Google or a Microsoft login since it's a plugin that requires no registration.

      1. Open Firefox.
      2. Choose "Addons" from the "Tools" menu.
      3. Locate the "Xinha Here!" plugin and install it.
      4. Restart Firefox.
      5. Edit the Salsa page that you want to modify.
      6. If the text you want to modify is in a Salsa WYSIWYG field, then click on the "Source" button.
      7. Right click inside the field.  A menu will pop up.

       Menu_003.png

      1. Click on "Open Xinha Here".  A What You See Is What You Get dialog will appear.
      2. Start composing.  The controls are all standard-looking controls so you should be able to get started right away. 
      3. If you have any questions, then right click inside the field again and choose "Xinha Here!", then choose "About".  A popup will appear with a help link.
      4. When you are done, click "OK" and the contents of the Xinha dialog box will be inserted into the HTML field.
      5. Save your work.

      ShiftEdit extension for Chrome

       

      One last note:  Salsa Pages vs Web Pages

      Salsa pages generally are more like documents than web pages.  Most users write Salsa pages as copy.  There are a lot more words than graphics, and very few heavy-duty formatting tricks.  For these types of Salsa pages, the solutions described here will work beautifully.

      If you are interested in to designing Salsa pages which are more like web pages (i.e. heavily formatted with lots of graphics), then you should probably find a web page designer application like Dreamweaver instead of one of these solutions.

       

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      Comments

      1 comment
      • Hmmm... I've found that Google docs leaves unfortunate DIV formatting.

        <div><span id="docs-internal-guid-1ddda1d6-3e2a-f7eb-b1fc-510875fba904">

        <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">

        It is marginally cleaner when using the MSWord importer tool on the WYSIWYG panel. 

        <div dir="ltr">

         

        Any thoughts? 

         

         

         

         

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