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In the Word 2010 Essential Training they talk about how to use the Clipboard to copy and paste content. There is also a little known feature called Cut to the Spike that performs the same action, but by cutting the content instead of copying it. The Spike takes its name from old-fashioned store receipts. When the cashier was done with your order they'd slap it onto a metal spike to store their receipt until the end of the day. Now we need to open up our source document, do a Ctrl+O to open and go to our Exercise Files/Chapter 5 and open up sourcedocument. Now in our case we're going to cut all our graphics to the Spike, but this isn't just for graphics, you can literally cut anything.
So I'm going to start with our logo on the right-hand side and instead of pressing Ctrl+X I'm going to press Ctrl+F3, so the item is now stored for pasting and I'm going to keep cutting until I have all my gathered items. I'll click on this bar and do a Ctrl+F3. I'll click on one of my trees and do a Ctrl+F3. Then at the bottom of Page 2, I'll cut both of these graphics to the Spike as well, Ctrl+F3, Ctrl+F3. Now I'll do an Alt+Tab and switch back to my Word document.
I'll click where I want to paste the Spike and now I'm going to do a Ctrl+Shift+F3. All my items are pasted and my Spike is cleared. Because these are images, I could drag them around, if this was text you could format it however you'd like. Now I want to show you another method for pasting the Spike. Go ahead and close both documents, but don't save the changes. So I'm going to open up 05_06_spike again and I'll go back to File/Recent and open up my sourcedocument again.
Now this time, gather the items the same way. I'll click on it, Ctrl+F3, Ctrl+F3, Ctrl+F3, Ctrl+F3 and Ctrl+F3. I'll Alt+Tab back over my other document. Now this time I want to paste but I don't want to clear the Spike. So what I'm going to do is actually type the word spike and then press F3, and all the images are dropped in.
So not only did the items paste, but they're ready to be used again. I'm going to do a Ctrl+N and open up a new document. Go up to the Insert tab and on the right-hand side click on Quick Parts. If I look at the AutoText, down below there's the Spike, and I can click on this to insert the content. If you ever just want to see what's on the Spike, you can go back up to Quick Parts, look at the Building Blocks Organizer and you'll see the Spike listed there as well. So when moving content from one place to another cut to the Spike will prevent you from having to go back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth, one item at a time.
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