Copy and Paste is such a nice feature and easy to use as well, but it does have its limitations, that being its one at a time Clipboard nature.
The Spike, on the other hand, will help you to gather data from multiple areas in your Word document and then paste all the content to another location in your document or into another word file or even to another program! Using the Spike allows you to create lists of text from different parts of your document (i.e., perhaps you need a summary of the headings in your document or the main points).
Follow the steps below to learn how to utilize the Spike:
- Highlight your text and click CTRL + F3. This will move your information to the Spike.
- If you want to copy text instead of move it, you should now click CTRL + Z to undo your last action. It will restore your deleted text but will not affect the copy already stored on the Spike.
- To collect more information, continue the process with CTRL + F3 as many times as you like.
- Word will add all the selected text to what already resides on the Spike.
- To paste the collected information into a new document or another location, click CTRL + Shift + F3.
- Your Spike will now be empty.
If you need to paste the contents of the Spike without clearing it, follow the steps below:
Place your cursor where you want the Spike contents pasted.
- Type Spike.
- Click F3.
The Spike is an AutoText entry. As long as you do not wipe it empty with the CTRL + Shift + F3 shortcut, the contents will be retained even when you close Word or reboot Windows.