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Getting Rid of the Paste Options Box

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Getting Rid of the Paste Options Box.

If you copy and paste information from place to place in a document, you may have noticed that whenever you complete a paste operation, Word helpfully displays a "paste options" tool right next to whatever you pasted. Use this tool and you can apply some variations to what you pasted.

Some people find the paste options to be distracting in some versions of Word. (The appearance of the paste options tool is different in different versions of Word.) Fortunately for them, Word allows you to turn them off. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Word displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Edit tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Edit tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Clear the Show Paste Options check box.
  5. Click OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3338) applies to Microsoft Word 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Getting Rid of the Paste Options Box.

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Comments for this tip:

awyatt    05 Sep 2014, 08:06
Lori: This particular tip is only for the older versions of Word. If you want the same tip for newer versions (which is what you ask about), click the link at the beginning or end of this tip.

Lori    05 Sep 2014, 07:09
Any plans to update this for Office 2007/2010?? I've unchecked the box to 'show paste options buttons' but they are still showing up.
Alyssa    13 Aug 2014, 19:29
I was hoping to learn how to close the box once it appears. I sometimes use the options, so I don't want to turn it off completely, but I would like to dismiss it when I don't need it and haven't figured out how to do that yet.
Paul     02 Jun 2014, 20:43
Wonderful, that little damn window has annoyed the crap out of me for years as it masks changes that I can't see if I made correctly or not so now fixed. Wish I could buy you a drink.

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