Yesterday’s post about copy and paste generated some great suggestions in the comments section.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to have comments once again!

Copy and paste

I find myself having to use the following workaround almost once a day. Suppose you’re writing an email and want to paste in a snippet of text from another window. You select the text, copy it to the clipboard, and then paste it into the mail window. But there’s a problem. The original text was formatted with size, color and whitespace. Your software attempts to preserve this formatting but the end result is jarring: the fonts are too big, or too small, or the whitespace interrupts the flow of your letter. You just want the text but that’s not what you’re getting. Here’s what I do: I open up a plain text editor, such as Notepad on Windows, and paste the text into it first, stripping the formatting. Then I re-select the unformatted text and copy it to the clipboard. It works, but is clunky. Is there no better way?