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Westlaw NZ Tip - Copy with Reference

Last Published: August 02, 2019

This feature enables you to copy/paste individual pieces of data from within WLNZ to a Word document, retaining the formatting and the reference as to where the document came from.  For instance, a paragraph from a case that you want to cite, or a piece of legislation that you want to add into a letter to a client.

Follow these steps:

  1. Highlight the portion of text you want to copy by clicking and dragging your mouse over it.  The following options should appear:
Copy with Reference - click on the option
  1. Click on Copy with Reference - the following screen message will appear:
Above message confirms that your text has been copied to the clipboard
  1. Open the Word document into which you want to download the copied text
  2. Click the mouse where you want the text to appear, then download it into Word by using Ctrl+V on the keyboard, or clicking on the "Paste" option in your Word toolbar​​​​​​
  3. The portion you highlighted will now appear in your Word document, along with the relevant reference as to where it came from

Copy with reference has limit of 3000 characters (including spaces and line spaces).  So for larger portions of text, long documents or full Acts, you will need to use different options.

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