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Pasting content from Microsoft Word Documentation

The Paste from Word feature is provided through the Paste from Word plugin. It was heavily reworked in CKEditor 4.6 and by default is available in the Standard and Full distributions.

This feature allows you to paste content from Microsoft Word and maintain original structure and formatting. After creating a document in Word you can simply copy it to CKEditor 4 and retain images, font styles, heading levels, nested lists, complex tables and other advanced features.

When the plugin is enabled, it automatically detects Word content and transforms its structure and formatting to clean, semantic HTML. It also adds the   toolbar button which makes it possible to paste clipboard data this way only on demand.

To test how Paste from Word works, download the sample Word document, open it in Microsoft Word, copy the content, and paste it into CKEditor 4. Check the clean HTML source code generated by CKEditor 4 using the Source button. To test even more styles and formatting, download another sample Word document with a more complicated structure and styling and try to paste its content into CKEditor 4.

Pasted content may be filtered by additional Advanced Content Filter rules. The content appearance in CKEditor 4 also depends on styling used in contents.css files.

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Sample Word Documents

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  • Paste from Word
                    <!doctype html>
    <html lang="en">
      <meta charset="utf-8">
      <meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">
      <title>Paste from Word</title>
      <script src=""></script>
      <style type="text/css">
        /* Minimal styling to center the editor in this sample */
        .container {
          padding: 30px;
          display: flex;
          align-items: center;
          text-align: center;
        .inner-container {
          margin: 0 auto;
      <div class="container" data-sample-short>&lt;p&gt;This is some &lt;strong&gt;sample text&lt;/strong&gt;. You are using &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;CKEditor&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;</div>
        CKEDITOR.replace('editor1', {
          // Define the toolbar:
          // The full preset from CDN which we used as a base provides more features than we need.
          // Also by default it comes with a 3-line toolbar. Here we put all buttons in two rows.
          toolbar: [{
              name: 'clipboard',
              items: ['PasteFromWord', '-', 'Undo', 'Redo']
              name: 'basicstyles',
              items: ['Bold', 'Italic', 'Underline', 'Strike', 'RemoveFormat', 'Subscript', 'Superscript']
              name: 'links',
              items: ['Link', 'Unlink']
              name: 'paragraph',
              items: ['NumberedList', 'BulletedList', '-', 'Outdent', 'Indent', '-', 'Blockquote']
              name: 'insert',
              items: ['Image', 'Table']
              name: 'editing',
              items: ['Scayt']
              name: 'styles',
              items: ['Format', 'Font', 'FontSize']
              name: 'colors',
              items: ['TextColor', 'BGColor', 'CopyFormatting']
              name: 'align',
              items: ['JustifyLeft', 'JustifyCenter', 'JustifyRight', 'JustifyBlock']
              name: 'document',
              items: ['Print', 'PageBreak', 'Source']
          // Since we define all configuration options here, let's instruct CKEditor 4 to not load config.js which it does by default.
          // One HTTP request less will result in a faster startup time.
          // For more information check
          customConfig: '',
          // Upload images to a CKFinder connector (note that the response type is set to JSON).
          uploadUrl: '/apps/ckfinder/3.4.5/core/connector/php/connector.php?command=QuickUpload&type=Files&responseType=json',
          // Configure your file manager integration. This example uses CKFinder 3 for PHP.
          filebrowserBrowseUrl: '/apps/ckfinder/3.4.5/ckfinder.html',
          filebrowserImageBrowseUrl: '/apps/ckfinder/3.4.5/ckfinder.html?type=Images',
          filebrowserUploadUrl: '/apps/ckfinder/3.4.5/core/connector/php/connector.php?command=QuickUpload&type=Files',
          filebrowserImageUploadUrl: '/apps/ckfinder/3.4.5/core/connector/php/connector.php?command=QuickUpload&type=Images',
          // Sometimes applications that convert HTML to PDF prefer setting image width through attributes instead of CSS styles.
          // For more information check:
          //  - About Advanced Content Filter:
          //  - About Disallowed Content:
          //  - About Allowed Content:
          disallowedContent: 'img{width,height,float}',
          extraAllowedContent: 'img[width,height,align]',
          // Enabling extra plugins, available in the full-all preset:
          extraPlugins: 'colorbutton,font,justify,print,tableresize,uploadimage,uploadfile,pastefromword,liststyle,pagebreak',
          /*********************** File management support ***********************/
          // In order to turn on support for file uploads, CKEditor 4 has to be configured to use some server side
          // solution with file upload/management capabilities, like for example CKFinder.
          // For more information see
          // Uncomment and correct these lines after you setup your local CKFinder instance.
          // filebrowserBrowseUrl: '',
          // filebrowserUploadUrl: '',
          /*********************** File management support ***********************/
          // Make the editing area bigger than default.
          height: 1000,
          width: 940,
          // An array of stylesheets to style the WYSIWYG area.
          // Note: it is recommended to keep your own styles in a separate file in order to make future updates painless.
          contentsCss: [
          // This is optional, but will let us define multiple different styles for multiple editors using the same CSS file.
          bodyClass: 'document-editor',
          // Reduce the list of block elements listed in the Format dropdown to the most commonly used.
          format_tags: 'p;h1;h2;h3;pre',
          // Simplify the Image and Link dialog windows. The "Advanced" tab is not needed in most cases.
          removeDialogTabs: 'image:advanced;link:advanced',
          // Define the list of styles which should be available in the Styles dropdown list.
          // If the "class" attribute is used to style an element, make sure to define the style for the class in "mystyles.css"
          // (and on your website so that it rendered in the same way).
          // Note: by default CKEditor looks for styles.js file. Defining stylesSet inline (as below) stops CKEditor 4 from loading
          // that file, which means one HTTP request less (and a faster startup).
          // For more information see
          stylesSet: [
            /* Inline Styles */
              name: 'Marker',
              element: 'span',
              attributes: {
                'class': 'marker'
              name: 'Cited Work',
              element: 'cite'
              name: 'Inline Quotation',
              element: 'q'
            /* Object Styles */
              name: 'Special Container',
              element: 'div',
              styles: {
                padding: '5px 10px',
                background: '#eee',
                border: '1px solid #ccc'
              name: 'Compact table',
              element: 'table',
              attributes: {
                cellpadding: '5',
                cellspacing: '0',
                border: '1',
                bordercolor: '#ccc'
              styles: {
                'border-collapse': 'collapse'
              name: 'Borderless Table',
              element: 'table',
              styles: {
                'border-style': 'hidden',
                'background-color': '#E6E6FA'
              name: 'Square Bulleted List',
              element: 'ul',
              styles: {
                'list-style-type': 'square'