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Windows 7: Saving Clipboard Content in Word 2010

06 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Saving Clipboard Content in Word 2010

Good day.

I did a search for this, but could only find a post so old it was in the 2010 beta section, and I was warned about posting there.

My problem is roughly the same as the OP: I work on complicated phonetic documents, and I would like to keep the contents of my Word clipboard when I'm done for that session, because I'll need that content during the next one.
I'm not offered the option to save the content, however, nor can I find a setting which obviously seems to offer me that option.

The documents are in separate folders, of course, but the Word clipboard sidebar is always empty when I open the document, or anything I've copied outside Word before getting to work on the document will appear there.

Of course I can go and collect the previous content in the document itself, but that is not a good way to start my work session, frankly.

How do I get Word to save clips specifically for that document, and leave it alone as far as other copy/paste operations are concerned?

This sounds like a beginner's question to me, but I really have scoured the web for an answer, and so far I haven't found anything.

Any help would be much appreciated

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06 Feb 2012   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

I believe if you copy data, it is saved to the office clipboard. It just prompts you if there is a large amount of data. To save all data, CTL-A, CTL-C. Exit Word, reenter Word, and see if you can paste. I was able to, as a test.
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06 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro

Hello Lemur,

and thanks. I've tested it a few times, and it does seem to work.

Adding the whole document to the clipboard seems a strange way to go about it, but it's far better than keeping a separate document with my most common symbols and adding them one by one, especially since they'll vary over time.

I'm grateful, as this does solve much of the the immediate problem, but I can't help thinking there ought to be another way?

The thing is, I just copied this post, and that too ends up in the sidebar when I reopen Word, knocking out the first (of 24) of my symbols and phrases.

Thus, if I perform a few copy operations in Windows as a whole - not just Word or Office - that's how many instances of data I'll lose from the document's clipboard.
This happens whether the document is open or not, so soon enough all document-related data will be gone.

It seems as if though, by reason of some setting being wrong, the Office clipboard syncs up with Windows overall.

I'm sure that can't be right?

Thanks again.
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06 Feb 2012   #4

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer

You can always create your own symbols, as an option. That way, they would always be there.

You could also create macros for phrases.

Just something to think about.
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06 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro

Well, I have created a number of macros for phrases, if I understand the word correctly.
I've considered creating my own symbols, but there would be too many of them, and I'd have to have them in a private area (I think) of the specific fonts I use. That would entail going to get them with a shortcut for 'insert symbol' and a fair amount of scrolling in that box.

Many of the symbols I do use are available that way already, in the IPA section of TNR, for instance, but sometimes combining the diacritics and so forth makes it a matter of repeating that move several times.

If I know that 15-20 will serve me for a couple of days, it would be sweet to have them waiting for me in the Word clipboard.

Which brings me back to the matter I posted about; surely there must be some way for Word 2010 to make its clipboard specific and under my control for different documents, and not just fill it up with whatever I happen to copy/paste outside of Office?

Again, I'm grateful for your help, but new glyphs/symbols and the like is something I'd have to think about more carefully (and study a fair bit), whereas I feel sure that the original problem ought to have a simple solution, specifically a setting or a box ticked...?

All the best
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