Our last post discussed the use of search and replace to change formatting. At Peachtek, we have developed macros that automate the process. If you are pasting from Westlaw and especially Lexis, you get a lot of special characters and other stuff you don’t need. The general tendency is to use the “paste as regular text feature”, but that eliminates underlined case law and other formats that you actually need.

Our Peachtek macros eliminate footnotes and markers that don’t belong in a regular legal document and generally smooth things over, while keeping the formatting that you need. The same holds true if you are borrowing a writing sample that was created by someone who underlines case cites when you want to use italics. We let you change the emphasis in one fell swoop instead of having to do it all by hand.

If you are pasting from a PDF or a plain text transcript of testimony, you are going to get a lot of line breaks, line numbers and other stuff you don’t need. We will eliminate that automatically.