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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look System 10.5
I've been frustrated with Apple's treatment of text clippings; they seem neglected. For example, you can't select and copy the text when you view them in Finder. And with the release of 10.5, I was dismayed to see that Quick Look could not view text clippings either.

However, I stumbled across a plug-in for doing just that! All the credit goes to the original developer. It also supports picture clippings, though I haven't tested that.

[robg adds: A short history of copying from text clippings: Until 10.3, you couldn't do this at all. When 10.3 came out, you could copy from clippings -- but only the entire clipping. In 10.4, you could actually select some text from a clipping and copy it, even though you couldn't see exactly what was selected on-screen. In 10.5, though, we're back to the 10.3 behavior: Command-C will only copy the entire clipping, even if you first make an invisible selection.]
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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: totallyGreg on Dec 20, '07 11:38:18AM

Text clippings as a concept is broken. Dragged text should create a simple text file readable by any text capable process. (e.g. vi, cat, TextEdit, etc... ). A bug should be filed against this.



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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: DanFrakes on Dec 20, '07 05:41:31PM

Text clippings -- and clipping files in general, for that matter -- work exactly how they are supposed to, and offer many advantages over a plain text file. Just because you want them to do exactly what they're designed not to do doesn't make the concept broken ;)

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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: tnagpal on Jan 13, '08 06:57:16AM

Would you mind elaborating those advantages over text clipping just creating a standard text file?Especially now with Quicklook providing quick access?



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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: jocamero on Jan 27, '08 06:22:16PM

I too would like you to elaborate on what the advantages are. I have yet to find a use for text clippings.



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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: PopMcGee on Apr 20, '08 02:38:50PM

For starters, a clipping can contain both text and images, in the same format that the clipboard uses, for easy inter-application drag&drop.



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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: daybrother on Dec 20, '07 01:32:36PM

Actually, if you open the text clipping, use "command + C", (probably works through the menu command also) it will place the entire clipping in cache. You can then paste anywhere. The problem is you can't highlite what section you want to copy. It seems that all of it is copied by default.



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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: JBCheong on Dec 20, '07 03:49:01PM
I guess Rob have forgotten about this hint:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20070308031011641

Yes, it's possible to select and copy text from within a .textClipping file, and I have been doing so in Tiger, and now in Leopard as well.

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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: TonyT on Dec 20, '07 06:07:13PM

I just tried this, and while I was able to select the text, I was unable to copy and paste the selected text in the clipping



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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 21, '07 08:20:58AM

Well, I can't get it to work in Leopard 10.5.1



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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: Guntis on Apr 29, '08 09:47:26AM

Mac OS X 10.5.2. I did as described in that link, but in the result I couldn't copy anything. Clipboard didn't update after selecting text and pressing Command+C. Reversing back to the default settings copies all clipping text again.

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10.5: View text clippings in Quick Look
Authored by: PopMcGee on Apr 20, '08 02:42:12PM

btw: this plugin doesn't work for me in 10.5.2.



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