> I often copy/paste content from forums, etc.
> Writer seems to automatically place all that comets into tables and them I
> have to cut, delete rows, etc. and spend a lot of time eliminating the
> table formatting.
> If I copy/paste special it removes graphics etc.
> Is there anyway to inform Writer not to put content copied into table
> format before pasting that content into Writer?
First of all, yes to the question: Check out the various Edit > Paste Special (<Ctrl><Shft>V) options, beginning with Paste Unformatted Text (<Alt><Ctrl><Shft>V), which will always give just a text string, without table or other formatting. (However, note that in doing so, the "unformatted text" will then adopt the formatting into which it is inserted.)
Also note that, depending on the source context, Paste Special will offer appropriate table-oriented paste options.