Making a text file

Formatting content for the new CCSF website

The new CCSF website and Content Management system formats text to be consistent with the design of the entire site. That means we can spend our time with the content, and not try to become a designer overnight! So, when copying text, it should be in plain text format and have the extension.txt.

When you save as Plain Text, all the formatting that may mess up yournew website will disappear. You can reformat in the new system.

Create text files with the content you want to keep from your old pages. Bring the files to the second and third training sessions.

Creating a text file

Summary Handout [pdf]

You can Copy and Paste from your old pages - but you have to paste text that is stripped of all formatting, so there is an intermediate step. Here's what you do (choose one):

1: Copy and text from your web page to a text editor. OR Create new content in the text editor.

  • On a Windows machine, use Notepad. (Start button, All Programs, Accessories, Notepad)
  • On a Mac, use TextEdit
  • Then highlight and copy the text in the text editor (you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-C on Windows, Cmd-C on the Mac).
  • Paste this unformatted text into a text component in your new CMS page

2: OR Create new text in Word.

  • Then use the File > Save As option.
  • Choose Plain Text .txt from the drop down menu at the very bottom of the Save As screen (usually marked "Save As Type". You may have to scroll down to find the .txt choice.
  • NOW, in the file saved in .txt format, highlight and copy the text you want (you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-C on Windows, Cmd-C on the Mac)
  • Paste this unformatted text into a text component in your new CMS page

3: OR: Use PureText in the TLC lab and anywhere PureText is installed (you can download it to your computer for free: Windows only). See the handout for instructions.