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Pasting from Microsoft Word to AMCAS!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by doctaroo, May 31, 2008.

  1. doctaroo

    doctaroo New Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2006
    Hey everyone,

    AMCAS warns of possible formatting issues when copying and pasting, so they recommend typing in the AMCAS slot directly.

    Now, I like to write everything in Word, and prefer to paste. I really don't want to bother typing everything into AMCAS again, so I'm just wondering if anyone out there is like me and has just pasted in the past. Any problems encountered?

    Thanks, Dr.oo :D
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  3. taponthecloud

    taponthecloud 5+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    New England
    the road from ms word to amcas goes through Notepad.
  4. chad5871

    chad5871 Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    Portland, OR
    You can always preview your application by clicking on "Print Application" to see what it will look like.
  5. Mobius1985

    Mobius1985 7+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Be very careful if you use Word. Formatting disasters have been reported on this forum in the past by those who did not heed AMCAS advice.
  6. pianola

    pianola MS2 7+ Year Member

    May 23, 2008
    That's what I was thinking...but how do I know if the pdf I print out is exactly the same as the pdf the ADCOM sees?

  7. LifetimeDoc

    LifetimeDoc EM Attending Physician 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    Exactly! But to be more precise, with step-by-step instructions...

    1. Select the text you want in Word, then copy it to the clipboard
    2. Open NotePad (Start/Programs/Accessories)
    3. Paste the text inside of NotePad
    4. Make any formatting changes in NotePad (you might not have to, but just check everything out and make changes)
    5. Select Everything inside of NotePad and copy to the clipboard.
    6. Goto your web browser with AMCAS and paste the text there.

  8. Myuu

    Myuu 例えば、貴方の名前を忘れてしまうとか。 。。 Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Word uses some special characters for things like em-dashes and quotation marks that don't always translate well to plain text formats. Plus it's had a fairly poor history of character counting. Like everyone else is saying, throw it through a plain-text editor like notepad or TextEdit (if on a Mac) to make sure Word hasn't done something odd.
  9. Green Grass

    Green Grass Physician 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2007
    Under Your Feet
    If you print it out and it looks fine, you should be okay right?
  10. BluePhoenix

    BluePhoenix 5+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2007
    Just make sure you're printing it from your AMCAS and not just printing from the Word document. If it looks fine when you print out your AMCAS...then it should be good.
  11. philios

    philios 2+ Year Member

    Jan 15, 2007
    with the outrageous fees we pay to AMCAS you'd think they could fix some simple formatting issues that they have been aware of for quite some time
  12. hypnix

    hypnix 10+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2008
    I just pasted by PS into the box and hit continue and it shows a preview of my PS. It looks fine to me. Is this not the way to check it?
  13. Character

    Character 5+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2008
    you could encounter many problems doing this. remember, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong....i f you believe in this...anything wrong can happen. and it will happen. i promise you this.
  14. AlexMorph

    AlexMorph 10+ Year Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    the great character has immense foresight. i would heed his advice. that said, as taponthecloud said, use an intermediate program to take care of formatting issues. no problem typing it up in word, but paste it to notepad/wordpad in between to take care of any formatting issues.
  15. hypnix

    hypnix 10+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2008
    I pasted into notepad and everything seemed fine. What kind of problems are other people having?
  16. LikeClockWork

    LikeClockWork Guest

    Jul 23, 2007
    It can do some funny things with some characters. It wasn't the AMCAS, but one of my secondaries took every apostrophe and turned it into a question mark (I was in Mr. Smith?s class). I'm sure stuff like that can happen on the AMCAS too.
  17. hypnix

    hypnix 10+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2008
    Yea, I can see that happening. I was thinking spacing errors and all that jazz would happen.

    Okay, thanks for the heads up!

    How do you guys feel about single space and double space after a sentence? I know it's not that HUGE, but I'm at like 5250 characters and want to end a little bit.
  18. LikeClockWork

    LikeClockWork Guest

    Jul 23, 2007
    While the common convention used to be double spacing after sentences (carried over from the typewriter days), now it's acceptable to only single space. Even though my PS was only ~5150 characters last year, I still kept it single spaced. Didn't see a need to change it.

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