quicker way to copy and paste


One of our employees wants a quicker way to copy and paste. She's running a new iMac. She's placing orders. She doesn't want to have to doubleclick a field, right click and copy, then on her second screen - right click and paste.

What faster options are available? What further information do you need?

Thank you!
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Sigurdur ArmannssonDesigner Commented:
The other about same speed option is to use the left hand and do command+c for the first field and command+v for the second field.

I think however a very little programming is needed to add a check box into the program she is using, for her to click on that would duplicate the number over to the second field when an order is made, since it's the same number.

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weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Thanks sigurarm.

We're using the back end of a pre-designed cart, if that helps.

I don't think command+c/command+v would save her time, she's in her late 50s and multiple keyboard commands don't go well with her. She's looking for something where she can, perhaps double click some text and double click again to paste into a textbox, or something similar.

Sigurdur ArmannssonDesigner Commented:
Ok. I don't suppose she is using Apple latest Magic Mouse? Magic Mouse is wonderful, although I think it takes about two days to get used to it. I mention this because there is a free Preference file called MagicPrefs one can download at: http://magicprefs.com/ Just double click it and it's installed.
MagicPrefs extends the usability of the Magic Mouse. It adds among other things the ability to make a tap or a click with any number of fingers do things like specified keystrokes. I assume it would allow you to lets say use two fingers to tap on the mouse and it would copy and so forth. Look under Custom Actions in the Magic Prefs preferences.

Second thing that comes to mind is a program called QuicKeys (http://startly.com/products/quickeys/mac/4/). It is really easy to get it to summarize several actions into one. One such action could be that she holds down a key or two, (Alt+Command is easy) and click into the first field. It would then do a select all and a copy in just one click. Similar action lets say with only Command and click would do a select all (in the case there was something already in the second field) and paste. We are talking about more than double speed here because QK does this much faster than we are able to do.

Then the third thing might be Automator, a free application you will find in the Application folder, but I am afraid someone else would have to help you there. I have only used it a few times.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
You can't get much faster then command+c without messing something else up.  You can try programming a function key http://support.apple.com/kb/TA26211?viewlocale=en_US or  use the automater and work out a double click to copy or something.  I use a mac and switched to a pc 2 button mouse when my mighty mouse died and that might be easier for her.    

There is a quick copy program http://www.plumamazing.com/mac/copypaste I have never tried it but maybe worth checking out.
weikelbobAuthor Commented:
We're trying to use magic mouse. We need someone to step us through step by step in creating one function/swipe/etc. copies and one function/swipe/etc that pastes. I installed MagicPrefs and can't figure out how to use the customer keyboard action settings.

I'm trying to use this:


(manage keywboard actions) and can't figure it out.

We need to use two actions that won't disable other actions, and are simple to use

Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
First, here is a key to the keyboard symbols if it helps  apple keyboard shortcut.

To make your own short cut commands:

1) click on the apple logo at the top right

2) Select System Preferences

3) Under hardware (should be 2nd row), click on Keyboard.

4) At the top click on "keyboard shortcutss"

5) On the left side, click on "keyboard & text input".

6) On the right is where you can make your own commands by clicking the "+" sign at the bottom.  You can create the your own shortcut for a specific program or all programs.  Once you click the plus sign, you will see the window pop up witha drop down to select the a specific program.  

It might be easy to just use the f1 key?
weikelbobAuthor Commented:
So that's to get MagicPrefs working in our case? I have try it out on my mom's computer. I don't have magicprefs installed on this computer.

Are you sure she can't do command+c and command+v?  That's only 2 keyboard commands.  Most of the over 50 & over 60 people I taught that to took to them right away and wished someone showed them sooner, because it saved them so much time.  Maybe it's just the crowd I work with who are actually interested in increasing their productivity and wanted to finish their work sooner.

Don't teach it to them if they don't need to use it yet, they'll just complain it's extra stuff they need to remember.  It works best when you teach them right when they really need it, then they'll thank you for it.
weikelbobAuthor Commented:
She got faster. I'm also showing her command+c and command+v
weikelbobAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys!
Sigurdur ArmannssonDesigner Commented:
She will be blazing fast in a few months :D
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