Microsoft Word can simplify and make more things easier than most users of this word processing software know about. It is always fun to discover new features in MS-Word and then use them with joy. One such “lesser known” feature is Spike –which is a sort of more powerful extension of regular clipboard.
Well, it is an area in your computer’s memory where text and images temporarily reside when you copy or cut them. When you issue a paste command –the data shifts from memory to the new location where you have pasted it. Clipboard is an invisible entity, you can not see it on screen.
Alright, now that you know what is clipboard –let’s see what is special about Spike.
Regular clipboard can hold only one piece of text or image at any given time. When you copy another piece of data –it overwrites the data that was already there in clipboard. This is where Spike comes into the picture. It is an extended clipboard which can hold multiple pieces of data. Therefore, in case of Spike, incoming data pieces do not overwrite the existing data.
Select the text, image or any other object that you want to put in Spike. Now press shortcut combination CTRL + F3. The selected data will get cut from the original location and will be shifted to Spike.
Select another piece of data and again press CTRL + F3 … this piece will also be cut and append to Spike. You can go on cutting data pieces like this.
When you’re done, put your cursor in the location where you want to paste all the pieces that you’ve just put in Spike. Now press CTRL + SHIFT + F3 and like a magic all the cut pieces will get pasted at your cursor location.
Easy, isn’t it?
Note: You can also paste all the cut pieces in a different MS-Word document. The target location does not necessarily be in the same document.
Caveat 1: Once you’ve pressed CRTL+SHIFT+F3 all the data will be pasted in new location and will be erased from Spike. So, you can paste data from Spike only once.
Caveat 2: After putting some data pieces in Spike, if you press CTRL+C (for regular copy) or CTRL+X (for regular cut) all the data in Spike will be lost.
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