Ever since I started writing months ago I started copy and pasting a lot. Maybe I should rephrase that. I don’t copy and paste articles silly. What I mean is that I often copy and paste various facts, hard to spell names, or just something I’m going to be typing a whole bunch of times.
Sometimes you might copy a hard to spell name and then past it in you article. Later you’ll need to copy and past something else. Then later in your article you’ll need that hard to spell name again. You’ll press CTRL V in order to paste and then you’ll realize the name you are looking for is no longer on your clipboard. So now you have to find how to spell that name again.
This isn’t a problem if you have a piece of software called Clipomatic. Basically what Clipomatic will let you do is paste more than one thing in the clipboard so that you won’t forget things that you want to be able to paste.
Clipomatic is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is download it and install it. Seriously, that’s all you have to do. Once Clipomatic is installed it will automatically save everything you copy to the clipboard.
Here’s an example. Let’s say I want to copy Jennifer Connelly and Green Lantern to my clipboard just because I talk about them so often that it would be easier to paste their names than type them out over and over again.
All I have to do is highlight Jennifer Connelly, right click on it and choose Copy. Then highlight Green Lantern, right click on it and choose Copy. Now both Jennifer Connelly and the Green Lantern are saved to my clipboard. Now when I’m writing and I want to copy Jennifer Connelly’s name all I have to do is press CTRL + ALT + V. When I press CTRL + ALT + V I’ll then get a little window that will list all the things in my clipboard. You choose which saved item you want to insert and that’s it.
At Associated Content we are often encouraged to go to bookmarking sites and post our articles so we can get more page views. This program can be extremely useful for bookmarking. When you go to a lot of different bookmarking sites you end up entering a lot of the same information. They’ll ask you for a title, description, address, tags, etc. With this program you can clipboard all the information for a certain article and easily paste information at each bookmarking site.
As an example let’s use my article called “Spiderman and his Amazing Valentines”. All I have to do to save all the information I need is to go to my profile page. Find the “Spiderman and his Amazing Valentines” article, highlight it and then choose copy. After that highlight the description under the title and copy it as well. Next open the article and highlight the address and copy it. Now open up Microsoft Word (or whatever program you use to type) and type out a list of tags (which are pretty much the same as keywords). When you’re done typing out the tags, highlight them and copy. Now you have the title, description, address and tags for your article all saved in your clipboard.
Now let’s go to a bookmarking site, let’s say Netscape. The first section says to enter the story’s URL. Well all you have to do is press CTRL + ALT + V and the box with your copied items will appear. Choose the address then move to the next section Story Title. Press CTRL + ALT + V again and this time choose the title. Keep doing that until you’ve filled out all the sections. Then go to the next bookmarking site and do it again. It’s really simple and much easier than copying the title and then copying the address, then copying the description and then doing it all over again at the next bookmarking site.
Clipomatic is a free program and it can be downloaded at http://www.mlin.net/Clipomatic.shtml