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Strange facts about copy and paste of Finder items Desktop
Today, I stumbled on this tip from Apple's Pro Tip of the Week page -- it explains how to copy a filename only, instead of the entire object, when copying things in the Finder (enter edit mode for the filename, then copy). But what this tip do not mention is:
  1. If you copy and paste a folder to a Mail message, you will send a sort of alias that, if clicked, will open the same folder on receiver's computer.
  2. If you copy anything to TextEdit, you will get a low-res icon of the item you pasted. In fact, this is not a normal icon, as you are pasting the entire item -- application or alias (in case of folder).
  3. If you paste an item to a place (field in a form or text editor) that can't receive rich-formatted items, then you will get the item's name.
[robg adds: I'm pretty sure we have the second item above in a hint here somewhere, but I couldn't find it with a quick search.]
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How to copy just the filename
Authored by: googoo on Aug 09, '06 10:12:58AM

I thought everybody knew this, but maybe not. It is easier than Apple's Pro Tip.

When I want to copy the filename from the Finder, I click on the icon and press Return (or Enter). This highlights the filename. Then, I hit cmd-c. Viola. Just be sure to un-select the filename before typing something else, or you will change it. (Pressing Return again will do this.)

-Mark



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Strange facts about copy and paste of Finder items
Authored by: lokon1979 on Aug 09, '06 12:57:37PM

i think those "strange" behaviours are obvious to most mac users?



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Strange facts about copy and paste of Finder items
Authored by: lokon1979 on Aug 09, '06 01:01:27PM

in addition to "copy items into textedit", copy an image file and paste into textedit result in the actual image, not the icon.

by the way, drag & drop is more convenience, especially with exposť or cmd+tab, i suppose.



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Strange facts about copy and paste of Finder items
Authored by: marjar on Aug 09, '06 08:35:52PM

Don't forget Terminal, where you get a fully escaped posix path of the item



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Strange facts about copy and paste of Finder items
Authored by: Shawn Parr on Aug 09, '06 10:26:13PM

Er, on my Macbook #1 actually copies that entire folder into the message and attempts to send it (and its contents), not a good idea if you have a several hundred megabyte folder involved.



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What about the SORTING of selections of multiple items?
Authored by: gabester on Aug 10, '06 06:26:04AM

Can anyone explain the behavior of copying and pasting multiple items?

Example: I just created 4 folders in the Finder by doing "apple-shift-n":
untitled folder
untitled folder 2
untitled folder 3
untitled folder 4

Selecting all 4 of these, copying and pasting into both Mail and TextEdit (plain and rtf docs) results in the items being sorted as follows:

untitled folder
untitled folder 3
untitled folder 2
untitled folder 4

There are many other times when there doesn't seem to be a logical sort order to selections of items in the Finder...
g=



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Strange facts about copy and paste of Finder items
Authored by: atFault on Aug 10, '06 07:14:04AM

While I have used #3 before I was unaware that the condition was that it had to be a plain text field that was being pasted into. Just yesterday I was trying to paste a file name list into an .rtf document to send to a printer without success. For a large number of print jobs this hint is near priceless.

My only solution was to use terminal to list folder contents then copy/paste into my .rtf doc.

Thanks for the tip, this now makes sense and will save me lots of time.



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