Pasting Outlines from Google Docs / RTF


As I’m moving more of my work into Dynalist, I have a lot of documents that are in google docs already as nested outlines- mostly using H1/H2/H3 etc, and nested bullet lists, and some formatting, like bold, italtics, underline,and strikethrough

There are three issues I encounter when copy/pasting from a google doc into Dynalist:

  1. The heading formatting isn’t translated or replicated (i.e. It’s fine if the headings aren’t the same font or format, but there’s no translation from GDocs H1 to Dynalist H1)
  2. The Lists are all significantly flattened (so sub lists and nested lists are nearly completely lost)
  3. The bold/italtics RTF formatting is lost in translation
  4. A high number of duplicate blank lines are created for each bullet point item. (This is avoidable by taking the google doc, pasting into an RTF editor, then copying the stuff from the RTF editor into Dynalist- but the three above problems persist)

Better support for google docs copy/paste of outlines, headers, and formatting, would be really helpful :slight_smile:

Happy to create an example if I’m going crazy and doing something clearly wrong. Also happy to hear a workaround.


Pasting from OneNote, I also noticed this, and found a workaround. I often outlined by just indenting and those tabs don’t transfer over, but selecting that text in OneNote and clicking the Numbering or the Bulleting command would change the text to a hierarchical outline that would copy over.

No solution for the highlighting though.

Related to #4, I find this process exhibits a bug: Start at a Dynalist Item. Press Enter, then Tab. (Tab is so the coming items are under the previous item.) Then paste a few lines of text. Rather than use the empty bullet we just opened, Dynalist starts a second new bullet. And then I must go back to delete it.

In general, all the double-newlines in pasted text should probably be converted to single newlines. Think about pasting from webpages. In that context it’s often just <p></p><p>, but to mimic in Notepad, it would be #nl#nl, so the second nl should be suppressed.


Thanks for the suggestions, Alex! They totally make sense and would make Dynalist more friendly for any new user.