Ok, so I'm coding in XHTML. I tend to copy/paste content from Word into notepad to hand code the content for the web. Problem > many symbols such as quotes " ", apostrophes ', colons :, dashes -, semi-colons;, etc. all show up as vertical black bars.

Why is this? Is there a way to transfer a complete document from MS Word into notepad that preserves all special characters and formatting without going through and manually re-coding them all by hand?