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Google Docs and Strange Formatting?

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Jack1000, Feb 10, 2013.

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  1. Jack1000

    Jack1000 Thread Starter

    Feb 4, 2001
    Hey All,

    About five years ago, I transferred some old school papers as back-up to Google Docs. This was before the change-over to the now Google Drive. Anyway, some of the punctuation changes. The wost is that quotation marks are replaced with the "@" symbol, and sometimes a beginning quote mark will begin with a capital A in its place. This was a known issue at the time.

    I also noticed that Sky Drive would sometimes show the funny punctuation as well. The only way I could get the punctuation to not be strange was to edit in Word and hope for the best.

    New documents that I have brought over to Google Drive or Windows Live Sky Drive transfer fine. New created documents, no problem. My question is, what would I have to do to the older documents in Google Docs or Sky Drive when editing them in the Web Applications to get the display to be correct?

  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Check the encoding. Try UTF-8 or Windows or Western European.

    It is not wise to have things you want to keep backed up only online or in only one place.

    (It's not likely, but Google itself could have caused some changes while scanning the documents for personal information about you. Remember that they are not a software company, nor a "cloud" provider per se - they want your docs for a reason, and it is not a charitable one. The license that you agreed to will spell out the rights that they assume in exchange for your documents.)
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