Should we do that? Of course no! There is at least one better way to do that, which also is far less intrusive (and size-intensive) and also gives us the chance to modify/review our code snippet after it has been pasted. Let’s see how we can do it.
- Open MS Word and place the cursor where you want to paste the snippet.
- Go to the Insert tab, from there click to the Object… button close to the right-end of the toolbar. A popup will show up: select OpenDocument Text.
- A new “embedded” document will appear: go to your favourite Developer Framework, such as Visual Studio, Eclipse, Android Studio, Notepad++ or the one doing the highlight the way you want it to be. Copy the code from there and paste it to the new document.
- Save and close the new document.
Your efforts will be rewarded with something like that:
This solution, other than being visually nice, grants you the following benefits:
- the source code will be entirely editable.
- all the layout, coloring, spaces, tabs, linefeeds from the developer framework will be kept.
- the code will be treated like a separated, embedded element, just like images and charts, so you’ll be able to move, resize, shape, applying borders, shadows, background color and basically anything else you want to and/or Word allows.
- the code won’t be affected by grammar checker, meaning that spelling errors won’t be highlighted in the code: no red underlining, yay!
- it takes only few seconds to do it – you’ll love that if you need to insert multiple snippets.
- It works on all Word builds since 2007: Word 2007, Word 2010, Word 2013 and newer versions.
If you find an even better way, please let me know.
Meanwhile… Happy coding!