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MS-Word: Easily Do Multiple Cut Paste Using Spike

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Samyak Lalit | December 4, 2013 (Last update: July 31, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

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.

What is 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.

What is Spike?

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.

How to Do Multiple Cut Paste in MS-Word

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.

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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.

SEE ALSO: This article is part of our MS-Word Tips and Tricks

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.

Hope this article was of help to you. Please let me know your views.


4 responses to “MS-Word: Easily Do Multiple Cut Paste Using Spike”

  1. Naresh Woolvara says:

    Great work Lalit. I am 60 and loved all the useful things that you have given. I will check if there are some such tips in Excel also. I am more into Excel specially formulae and a little bit of macros. I would like to learn Visual Basic. I am going to subscribe to your news letters also.
    Thanks once again.
    Great job. Keep going. All the best.

  2. Jeff says:

    This works great, except when trying to paste into a numbered list. For example,

    1.1 Some text
    1.3 Other text

    If I want to paste the spike into 1.2, I get the following…

    1.1 Some text
    [spike data]
    1.3 Other text

    Is there a way to paste the spike in the middle of other text?

    • Lalit Kumar says:

      Hi Jeff,

      Interesting observation! I tried your list-based example and found that spike data gets pasted BUT the list numbering gets changed. There is no problem in pasting spike data in the middle of other text. Thanks for the comment!

  3. su bhash agarwal says:

    I liked multi cut paste method

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