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<br>Some contributors wish to import information from existing documents or spreadsheets. This is especially helpful when trying to import tables, or keep current formatting from pre-existing documents or spreadsheets. The process is time-intensive and advanced. Before following these steps, consider if it may take less time to re-create a table than to import an existing one.&nbsp;
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==How to Convert an existing word processing document into Wiki Format==
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Some contributors may wish to import part of a word document into an existing article.  A simple copy and paste from word processing programs, will often bring unwanted coding such as enlarge or bold font. To eliminate any extraneous coding, you can use the following steps.
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#Highlight the material in the word document you want to copy to the Wiki.
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#Hit the right mouse bottom and click "copy" or hit CTLR+V. The material is now in your clipboard.
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#Open "Notepad," a program that comes with your windows program, or "TextEdit" for a mac.  If you cannot find these text editors,  you can download a free text editor called "[https://notepad-plus-plus.org/ notepad++]"
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#Paste the material into anyone of these text editors.  They will remove this unwanted coding.
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#Then highlight this converted material and copy to your clipboard.
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#Paste this material where you want it on a page using either Visual Editor or Wikitext.
  
== Method 1: For Word 2007  ==
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===Paste using VisualEditor===
 
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#Click on "Edit" at the top of the page to gain access to all of the article or "edit" next to the header of the section where you want to add the new material.
Microsoft released an add-in that allows you to save your Microsoft Office Word 2007 or later documents straight into MediaWiki.
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#Place your cursor where you want the new addition and hit CLTR+V or right click the mouse and click "copy."
 
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#Save the page.
#Download the "[http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=8e519637-afb0-4134-a91f-7b0ebea8d933 Microsoft Office Word Add-in For MediaWiki]" from Microsoft Download Center, and install it.
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===Paste using Wikitext===
#Save the document as "MediaWiki (*.txt)" file type.
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#Click on "Edit source" at the top of the page to gain access to all of the article or "edit source" next to the header where you want to add the new material.
#Copy the text from the (*.txt) file into your Wiki page
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#Place your cursor where you want the new addition and hit CLTR+V or right click the mouse and click "copy."
 
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#Save the page.
This Microsoft add-in does not handle images and throws an error
 
 
 
== Method 2: For any version of Word  ==
 
 
 
#Open your document in Word, and "save as" an HTML file.
 
#Open the HTML file in a text editor and copy the HTML source code to the clipboard.
 
#Paste the HTML source into the large text box labeled "Raw HTML" on the [http://labs.seapine.com/htmltowiki.cgi html to wiki] page.
 
#Click the "Convert HTML to wiki markup" button.  
 
#Select the text in the "MediaWiki markup" text box and copy it to the clipboard.  
 
#Paste the text to a Wikipedia article.
 
 
 
== Method 3: For versions of Word before 2007  ==
 
 
 
#'''(On your computer:) '''Download and install [http://download.openoffice.org/ ''Open Office'']. This is free, but usually takes a few minutes (depending on the speed of your Internet connection). The latest version of Open Office does not export wikitext, so you need to download version 2.4, for example, which you can find in several websites, including this one:&nbsp;[http://www.brothersoft.com/d.php?soft_id=76797&url=http%3A%2F%2Flfiles3.brothersoft.com%2Fpdf_files%2Fword_processors%2FOOo_2.4.1_Win32Intel_install_en-US.exe www.brothersoft.com/d.php]
 
#Once ''Open Office'' is installed on your computer, open the following ''Open Office'' program by clicking on your '''Start''' button, then '''Programs/All Programs''', and click on '''OpenOffice''' at the bottom of the list of the programs:<br>
 
#*to import a ''Microsoft Office'' document or HTML file, open ''Open Office'' ''Writer''
 
#Once the program is open (''Writer'' for ''Word'' documents or HTML files), open your document in the program by clicking '''File''', then '''Open''', and locate the&nbsp;the document you want to copy text from on your computer or storage device.
 
#Once the document is open in the ''Open Office'' program,&nbsp;click the '''File''' menu,&nbsp;and then click '''Export'''.
 
#The "Export" window will appear. First type a name for the file in the export window. Next, in the "File Format" dropdown,&nbsp;select '''MediaWiki'''.
 
#At the top of the "Export" window, choose a folder in which you want to save the file,&nbsp;and click '''Save'''.&nbsp;Remember where you saved the file. You may want to write down the location you saved the file.
 
#A text document (.txt) will be created in the location you&nbsp;specified in step 6.&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;the document you just created. Open that document by double clicking on it. It will open in ''NotePad'' or another text editor.
 
#'''(Online at Wiki.FamilySearch.org:) '''Open the page in which you wish to import the document&nbsp; or create a new page, and open the edit box by clicking on the '''Edit''' option for that page or article.&nbsp;This will open the editing window. At the top of the editing window&nbsp;is a tan colored bar containing several icons (see below):[[Image:Editor Toolbar.png|Image:Editor_Toolbar.png]]
 
#Click on the '''Wikitext''' button on the editor toolbar, in the lefthand corner of the toolbar (see below): [Note: You do not need&nbsp;to do this if you have the [[Help:FCK Editor|rich text editor]] disabled in your preferences].&nbsp;[[Image:Editor ToolbarWT.png|Image:Editor_ToolbarWT.png]]&nbsp;
 
#'''(On your computer:)&nbsp;'''Select all of&nbsp;the&nbsp;contents&nbsp;in the text document by holding down the '''Ctrl''' key while pressing the '''A''' key once. Copy the highlighted text by holding down the '''Ctrl''' key while pressing the '''C''' key once.
 
#'''(Online at FamilySearch.org:)''' Paste the copied text into the wiki authoring window in&nbsp;the location you want the&nbsp;text or table to appear by placing your cursor in the appropriate location in the body of the text, and&nbsp;left clicking with your mouse to indicate where the text or table should appear.  
 
#While holding down&nbsp;the '''Ctrl''' button on the keyboard, press the '''V''' key on the keyboard.&nbsp;(See the "Special Instructions" section below for additional help regarding tables.)
 
#After pasting the text into the editing window, scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and click '''Save page'''. The formatted text and/or tables will appear on the Wiki page.
 
 
 
<u><br></u>'''Special Instructions'''
 
 
 
To format a table after pasting the text:
 
 
 
#Click edit to edit the page.  
 
#Click the '''Wikitext''' button in the lefthand corner of the editor toolbar.
 
#Search the document for each occurance of this line: '''{| class="prettytable"<br>'''The line will appear once for each table that is in the document. This will widen the table and add a border.
 
#Change the line to read as follows: '''{| width="75%" border="1"<br>'''[Note: You can change the percentage value for "width" to make your table wider or narrower.]
 
 
 
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How to Convert an existing word processing document into Wiki Format

Some contributors may wish to import part of a word document into an existing article. A simple copy and paste from word processing programs, will often bring unwanted coding such as enlarge or bold font. To eliminate any extraneous coding, you can use the following steps.

  1. Highlight the material in the word document you want to copy to the Wiki.
  2. Hit the right mouse bottom and click "copy" or hit CTLR+V. The material is now in your clipboard.
  3. Open "Notepad," a program that comes with your windows program, or "TextEdit" for a mac. If you cannot find these text editors, you can download a free text editor called "notepad++"
  4. Paste the material into anyone of these text editors. They will remove this unwanted coding.
  5. Then highlight this converted material and copy to your clipboard.
  6. Paste this material where you want it on a page using either Visual Editor or Wikitext.

Paste using VisualEditor

  1. Click on "Edit" at the top of the page to gain access to all of the article or "edit" next to the header of the section where you want to add the new material.
  2. Place your cursor where you want the new addition and hit CLTR+V or right click the mouse and click "copy."
  3. Save the page.

Paste using Wikitext

  1. Click on "Edit source" at the top of the page to gain access to all of the article or "edit source" next to the header where you want to add the new material.
  2. Place your cursor where you want the new addition and hit CLTR+V or right click the mouse and click "copy."
  3. Save the page.