If you have formatted a recipe in word processing software or even specific recipe software, it may not paste correctly when you try to share it here in the forum. The forum uses Markdown (technical info for that here). Most word processing software programs use proprietary formatting and when those formatted documents or even sections of those documents are pasted into Markdown, the formatting scrambles and makes the entire thing look like gobbledygook.
My initial response to this issue is to use Screen Capture. There are other options discussed below.
Screen Capture option: Use the screen capture tool and paste that capture, which is actually an image. In most cases you will not be able to edit the text in a screen capture paste, but all should look and align like your source text.
On a Windows 10 computer, screen capture is Windows Key-Shift-S. You should see a little graphic menu at the top of your screen:
The blue square is the selection which defaults to a rectangle selection tool. Use your mouse or whatever pointing device you use, click on the upper left corner of the area you want to capture. With the mouse button down, drag to the lower right corner of your selection. When you release the mouse button, the selected rectangle will be saved to the clipboard. Go to your Breadtopia post and paste. In the edit window you will see the Markdown image code which is something like ![image…png). In the right preview window you will see the actual image. YEA!
Just FYI … the amoeba button allows free form selection, the 2 squares button allows selection of the active window and the last button captures the entire screen of the current desktop.
On Apple Mac computers: How to capture a screen on MAC
On Mobile devices:
iPhone and iPad: Screen Capture on iPhone and iPad
Press the Side button and Volume up at the same time, then release. The resulting screen shot can be cropped and edited.
On Android: Screen Capture on Android
Press the Side button and Volume down at the same time, then release. Some versions per the above link have a screen shot function available from Swipe down from the top.
If you have older versions of Windows, MAC, Android, iPhone or iPad … you may have to use your favorite search engine to get specific screen capture instruction for your version.
Once in your Breadtopia post, Ctrl-V or Command-V will paste whatever has been saved to the clipboard into the post.
Adding a photo of a recipe:
Ok … so, maybe you have beautiful penmanship, or an inherited handwritten recipe that you’d like to share without retyping. Take a photo and add it as an image just like you add an image of your beautiful bake result. The best way to get a good photo of a handwritten document is to place the document flat in very good natural light or filtered incandescent light. Position the text so that it fills your camera screen. You want no glare on the paper to get the best and most readable image.
I use one of these diffuser “socks” over a clamp light when natural light needs a boost.
You can also use a white pillowcase, tee shirt, flour sack towel, etc. over a light to set up diffused light for a good photo. This is not just for written items. Natural or diffused light is good for bread and food photos.
About photo sizes:
Breadtopia (and most sites) have a size limit for photos.
The limit for images in this forum is 1024kb. If you try uploading a photo larger than the limit, you will get a message:
Sorry, that file is too big (maximum size is 1024kb). Why not upload your large file to a cloud sharing service, then paste the link?
You can link to a cloud service or you can resize the photo with photo editing software. Your computer or mobile device likely has something built in that’s easy to use or you can download a free app.
For photos and screen shots that are too large, aim for less than 900 pixels on either dimension (height or width), or 72dpi or less. On a simple image resizer (pictured below), select Medium/2MP.
Additional options for adding a recipe:
Save a document as html format and paste that in.
If you’re interested in doing a little Markdown coding for your recipes, here are a few formatting shortcuts from @homebreadbaker. (Paul Notes: Don’t mix this coding with html.)
You can make headings. Type this…:
…to get this:
You can make bullet lists. type this…:
* Ingredient one * Ingredient two * Ingredient three
…to get this:
- Ingredient one
- Ingredient two
- Ingredient three
Numbered lists… type this:
1. one 2. two 3. three
…to get this: