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If you are using the rich text editor in WordPress.com, there is a special icon on the advanced tool bar which when makes it easy to insert text from Word into your post or page. 

To get to the advanced toolbar, click on the last icon on the right in the editor (looks like rows of dots in a square) to open up the Advanced Toolbar.  The paste from Word icon looks like a little page with a “W” on it.  Click on it and a window will pop up where you can paste the text from Word, and then click Insert.  It strips out all the code and pastes it as plain text. If you simply paste text from Word into a post, and then click on the HTML tab above the post text area, you will see all the gobbledy-gook it inserts into your post.

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In a recent in-class session on WordPress.com, a student said she was able to upload a video to her free WordPress.com blog.  But that is not the case — you can only create a link to a video hosted elsewhere on the web with the free account (such as YouTube or GoogleVideo).  Even though you are linking to the video on another site, I love the way it appears as thouigh the video is hosted right on your blog and visitors are not directed away from your blog page!

In the new dashboard interface, if you click on the “Add Video” icon to the right of the “Add Media” command above the post content area, the window that appears will display a list of the file types you are allowed to upload.  Unfortunately, none of these are video formats. 

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