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Paste Plugin

Standard version of features for copying-and-pasting content from Microsoft Word.

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Looking for more advanced Microsoft Word importing and pasting? Try the PowerPaste plugin.

This plugin will filter/cleanup content pasted from Microsoft Word. The power of the plugin is in its options, so please take the time to learn more about these below.

The plugin also adds a menu item Paste as text under the Edit menu dropdown and a toolbar button.

Note that the toolbar button won't work in browsers that don't support direct access to the clipboard. In such cases the user will be presented with a modal/dialog box advising them of this along with a reminder of standard keyboard shortcuts.

Type: String

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste"
});

Options

These settings affect the way content is eliminated or preserved when being pasted. In addition, callbacks are available prior to and after content filtration.

paste_data_images

This option specifies whether data:url images (inline images) should be removed or not from the pasted contents.

Setting paste_data_images to "true" will allow the pasted images, while setting it to "false" will disallow pasted images.

For example, Firefox enables you to paste images directly into any contentEditable field. This is normally not something people want, so this option is "false" by default since, say, a 600kb embedded image blocks page loads and prevents it form being cached on multiple pages.

Type: Boolean

Default Value: false

Possible Values: true, false

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste"
  paste_data_images: true
});

paste_as_text

This option enables you to set the default state of the Paste as text menu item, which is added by the paste plugin under the Edit menu dropdown. It's disabled by default.

Type: Boolean

Default Value: false

Possbile Values: true, false

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste"
  paste_as_text: true
});

paste_enable_default_filters

This option allows you to disable TinyMCE's default paste filters when set to false.

Type: Boolean

Default Value: true

Possible Values: true, false

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your html
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste",
  paste_enable_default_filters: false
});

paste_filter_drop

This options allows developers to disable the default drop filters when set to false.

Type: Boolean

Default Value: true

Possible Values: true, false

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  paste_filter_drop: false
});

paste_preprocess

This option enables you to modify the pasted content before it gets inserted into the editor.

Type: String

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste",
  paste_preprocess: function(plugin, args) {
    console.log(args.content);
    args.content += ' preprocess';
  }
});

paste_postprocess

This option enables you to modify the pasted content before it gets inserted into the editor but after it's been parsed into a DOM structure.

Type: String

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste",
  paste_postprocess: function(plugin, args) {
    console.log(args.node);
    args.node.setAttribute('id', '42');
  }
});

paste_word_valid_elements

This option enables you to configure the valid_elements specific to MS Office. Word produces a lot of junk HTML so when users paste things from Word we do extra restrictive filtering on it to remove as much of this as possible. This option enables you to specify which elements and attributes you want to include when Word contents are intercepted.

Type: String

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste",
  paste_word_valid_elements: "b,strong,i,em,h1,h2"
});

paste_webkit_styles

This options allows you to specify styles you want to keep when pasting in WebKit. WebKit has a (nasty) bug where it will take all the computed CSS properties for an element and add them to spans within the editor. Since most users don't want random spans added all over their document, we need to manually clean that up until the bug is fixed. This option defaults to "none" but can be set to "all" or a specific list of styles to retain.

Type: String

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste",
  paste_webkit_styles: "color font-size"
});

paste_retain_style_properties

This options allows you to specify which styles you want to retain when pasting contents from MS Word and similar Office suite products. This option can be set to a space separated list of CSS style names, or "all" if you want all styles to be retained.

Type: String

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your html
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste",
  paste_retain_style_properties: "color font-size"
});

paste_merge_formats

This option enables the merge format feature of the paste plugin. This merges similar text formats to reduce the number of HTML elements produced. For example this <b>abc <b>bold</b> 123</b> becomes <b>abc bold 123</b> since the inner format is basically redundant. This option is enabled by default but can be disabled if retaining nesting or similar formats is important.

Type: Boolean

Default Value: true

Possible Values: true, false

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste",
  paste_merge_formats: false
});

paste_convert_word_fake_lists

This option lets you disable the logic that converts list like paragraph structures into real semantic HTML lists.

Type: Boolean

Default Value: true

Possible Values: true, false

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste",
  paste_convert_word_fake_lists: false
});

paste_remove_styles_if_webkit

This option allows you to disable TinyMCE's default paste filters for webkit styles.

Type: Boolean

Default Value: true

Possible Values: true, false

Example
tinymce.init({
  selector: "textarea",  // change this value according to your HTML
  plugins: "paste",
  menubar: "edit",
  toolbar: "paste",
  paste_remove_styles_if_webkit: false
});

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