Copying and pasting from web-based applications is a regular source of frustration for me.
My only solution so far has been to keep a Notepad document open all the time so that I can copy text from the web, paste it into Notepad to strip the formatting, and then copy and paste it from there into MS Word.
Of course the problem is that now I've lost all formatting, and sometimes the spacing is STILL wonky!
Well, the other day I clicked on the "Create a Document" link in my Gmail account – I enabled it awhile back but had completely forgotten what it was or what it did.
Wow, what a surprise! A Google Doc popped up with the contents of the email, perfectly formatted. You can check out an example of how it works in my previous blog post about patience. In the post, I reference an email I received from the folks at EzineArticles, and I was able to link to a Google Doc of the actual email.
It's a beautiful thing.
Keep 'em coming, Gmail!