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I liked formatting my e-mails in MS Word and then copy and paste them into Gmail. I did it, among other things, because I could control line spacing and text alignment (I prefer it justified). Gmail used to preserve the formatting, but now it doesn't. Is there a solution?

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I have spent 2 hours bashing my head against this issue. Finally though I've stumbled on a solution of sorts.

  1. Convert your message to plain text.
  2. Paste the text from MS word.
  3. Convert the message to rich text.
  4. Reinsert features such as bold, underline, italics, and font/size differences.

It's the best I've been able to do so far, but it saves a lot of time and produces a reasonable looking layout.

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After pasting the formatted content from MS Word then select the pasted content and click on "quote" icon (shortcut Ctrl+Shift+9) from the formatting options above the send button as shown in the image below(highlighted text selected and 'quote' icon) would resolve the issue with a little side-effect of having a gray line to the left of the text indicating it is quoted text. Example to retain text formatted in another application after paste to Gmail

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