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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings System
Title says it all. I know it's a small fix, but it was annoying in the past ... now you can finally use Command-C in an open text clipping window and be able to paste the clipping into another application.

[robg adds: This has bothered me for a longgg time -- perhaps even since OS 9 (anyone remember if you could copy clipping text then?).]
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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: Frederico on Nov 03, '03 01:06:37AM

You absolutely could in Legacy Mac OS -- it was/is one of the most maddening oversights I've experienced in OS X; my workflow developed around hundreds of daily text (and other object) clippings that I could no longer easily use. I was forced to do two things: one, design an entirely different workflow that eliminated or at least reduced text clippings; two, develop AppleScripts that could convert clippings to the clipboard.

I'm mixed about its return; do I go back to the clutter, but convenience of clippings littering my Desktop? Or do I use the more tedious, but organized storage of clippings in document form.

At least I have the choice once more. Maybe by Mac OS X 10.5, the NeXTies running things will have been Applefied sufficiently enough to realize that choice is a good thing in all places.



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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: kowe on Nov 03, '03 01:20:29AM

I'm almost positive you could do this OS 9. I remember being kinda frustrated with this early on in 10.



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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: kowe on Nov 03, '03 01:22:38AM

whoops...looks like I was beat to this. Guess I should stop choosing to post a comment then start doing other stuff...lol



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Woohoooooo!
Authored by: jiclark on Nov 03, '03 01:53:58AM
FINALLY!

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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: Macalodeon on Nov 03, '03 02:26:53AM

Cool. That was one of my pet hates



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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: defpo on Nov 03, '03 03:09:54AM

How does one use the text clippings feature?



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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: displaced on Nov 03, '03 06:30:31AM

This is one of those beautiful pieces of Apple logic that frustrates me when I'm forced to use Windows.

A text clipping is a piece of text that you've dragged from any application onto any area on your disk or desktop. Just highlight some text, drag it somewhere, and it'll create a textClipping file containing that text.

For example, if there's an interesting paragraph in a web page that you want to refer to later, highlight the text and drag it to your desktop.

The resulting file can be double-clicked to display the text. The problem in past versions of OS X was that there was no way to then get that text out of the clipping and do something useful with it. Panther now allows the pre-OS X ability to highlight text in a clipping and copy it somewhere else.

Once you get used to being able to make clippings, you never go back. Windows just gives me a dumb 'no entry' sign when I try the same there...



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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Nov 03, '03 06:31:57AM

As fas as I can recall, it WAS possible to CopyPaste TextClippings but not in the way you expect.
Instead of opening (double-clicking) the clipping and ending up with a random window which had no user-interaction facility you could select (single-click) the textClipping in the Finder and select Edit->Copy or do Cmd-C and then place the cursor in your text document and paste.

In fact I just tried it on my 10.2.8 system and it worked as described. I'm certain it was the same in OS9 because I would always use this technique when there was trouble in the early days of 10.0 in copy-pasting between X and Classic apps.

Maybe I should have submitted it as a hint years ago, but I thought everyone knew that. ;-)



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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Nov 03, '03 06:38:21AM

Forgot to mention:
You do know you can drag textClippings straight into text documents and drop them wherever you like (the cursor shows where it'll go) and the text contained within will be inserted there.

I'll shut up now.



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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: szabesz on Nov 03, '03 08:10:24AM

Are you really sure this method is working as you have described? I have 10.2.8 and this way you can copy the name of the file as usual since system 7.0 (maybe earlier).



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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Nov 03, '03 09:14:50AM

I'm baffled now.
I honestly to truly goodness tried it out as I was typing what I typed previously and it worked. I pasted the contents into both a Word doc and TextEdit.
And I was using this method to copypaste between X and 9 years ago.
Now I just tried it again and all I'm getting is the filename. Did you break my machine?
Anyway. In the last 10 minutes my cheapycheap copy of Panther has arrived in the post so as soon as I have the available time to re-install PHP MySQL and whatever else I have running I'll be running 10.3.

BTW, For your cheapycheap copy of Panther (UK only maybe) visit the Apple Store for Education at http://www.apple.com/uk/education/howtobuy/ and download the Education Price List (PDF). Then call 0800 039 1515 and order part number M9233ZM/A which will get you all 3 CDs and XCode for the nifty price of £17.something all inclusive - if you're a student/teacher.

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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: nosaj56 on Nov 03, '03 07:22:08AM

i'm still waiting for being able to cut files...ugh



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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: kconboy on Nov 03, '03 09:47:16PM

This may have been mentioned, but you could always simply drag the .textClipping file directly into any text view and get the text contained within it. That's always how I've gotten around it and would actually prefer it now.

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10.3: Copy and paste finally work with text clippings
Authored by: jordan314 on Aug 03, '05 05:08:16PM

Weird. When I click and drag over text in a text clipping in tiger, no highlighting occurs, but if I hit command C and then paste into a text field, the area I had dragged over is pasted. This isn't very user friendly--it seems like nothing is being selected because the selection is invisible, and the edit menu for copy says "copy 191 items" which makes no sense, but at least it works.



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10.6 Shows Highlighting Now
Authored by: joelbruner on Oct 19, '09 12:41:46PM

And yes, now in 10.6 it will actually show the highlighted area you a copying!



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