See also Splitter
This macro lets you to select material (with
your mouse or keyboard) in the current document (or any open
document) and automatically clip (i.e., copy or move) it to a
separate temporary document with a mouse click, then return you
back to the original document. Several options are available
from a menu [image].
[To split the current document into
several new documents on disk, see Splitter.]
- A small pop-up dialog [image] or "clipper tool" remains on screen until
dismissed, to allow multiple clips while the macro is active.
can have up to eight (8) open documents on screen from which to clip
material; the macro will open and use a new temporary document to hold
all your clips in one place.
- [Update July 2012:
If you use WordPerfect X6 (or later) in multiple-instance mode (i.e., separate windows), you must use Clipper on documents that are only open in the same instance of
WordPerfect in which you launched Clipper. See Limitations below.]
material is appended to previous selections (i.e., in sequential
order) in the separate document. Each clip is separated with hard returns, short dashes, or full-length
(custom) lines, depending on which menu choice you make when you start Clipper.
can navigate forward and backward in the current document, or even open
and/or switch between other source documents, whenever Clipper is
- Starting with version 1.16 you can also clip material from inside text boxes, text box captions, and graphic captions.
The macro can clip material from the following areas -
- body text (including text to which a style has been applied)
- headers and footers
- footnotes and endnotes
- text boxes (including their captions, if any)
- graphic image captions
- WordPerfect comments
- [WordPerfect X6 and later:] any document in the same WordPerfect window from which the macro was started (see Limitations below)
areas of the document cannot be processed. For
example, if you try to edit and select material inside a watermark or a
style code the
macro will display an error message and then quit (previously stored
clips in the temporary document are not affected). These items are
part of a group of several WordPerfect "substructures" that are not
designed to be
"click-to-edit" from the main document screen during typical document
finished clipping, click the "Done" button on the clipper tool dialog.
The macro will return to the separate clippings document, which you can
then save to disk.
Menu options let you -
- either copy or move the selected material to the new temporary document;
- add redline attributes to selections in the current document (and optionally remove all redline first from the current document);
material as unformatted ("plain") text, or clip it with all attributes
(bold, italic, etc.) and any graphics and/or highlighting;
- set the type of separator between clips -- e.g., hard returns, a short dashed line, or a full length graphic line (also see Tips below); and
- set the position of the Copy or Move dialog box ("clipper tool") on your screen.
Note: Menu default choices and the style of the custom line can be set at the top
of the macro code in the redlined User Modification Area of the
WordPerfect X6 introduced the ability to open multiple instances of itself (a/k/a separate windows), each containing up to 9 documents.
However, the current macro language does not appear to provide a means to determine when the cursor is in a separate window. Hence, this macro will not clip anything from any window that is different from the one where the macro was started.
If you try to do it, you probably will see an error message and you
probably will find some duplicate entries in the clip list -- i.e., the
last entry stored on the Windows clipboard will be re-used as the
This limitation might change in
the future, probably depending on Corel implementing new macro
commands, but for now it is best to clip material only from open
documents in the same window from which you started the macro.
- Viewing the progress of your clips:
While Clipper is active you can view your clips in the temporary
document any time. The easiest way is to click on its Document tab on
the Appl;ication Bar. (This can be enabled with View, Application Bar.)
- Text boxes and box captions:
If you want to clip material from a text box, box caption, or graphic
caption, double-click on the box to get inside the box, then make your
selection. If you simply select the entire box or graphic from the main
screen you will need to also select some adjacent text, or Clipper will
not "see" the box or image.
- Using the clips with indexes: Clipper can be used to copy words and phrases into a separate (new) document, which can then be saved and used as a concordance file to help index a document.
Use the options to copy the clipped material as plain
text and separate the items with a single hard
return. The document could also be added to an existing
such as one created with the WordList macro, to create a comprehensive concordance file. Related tip: You can also quickly convert normal spaces in selected phrases into hard spaces with the Hspacer macro to keep the selected words together in the index.
- Removing redline: You can play the macro at a later time
to remove all redline attributes from a document that you might
have added with option 2 above or that you might have added
by the usual methods (e.g., Format, Font, Redline): Simply enable
the checkbox, "Remove existing redline codes," play
the macro, then exit from the macro. This merely does the same
thing as using Find and Replace to remove all [Redln] codes in
- Changing the dashed line after Clipper plays: If you used the short dashed line (- - -
- -) option to separate all clipped text in the new document,
you can use Edit> Find and Replace to change these separators
to something else, such as a symbol (using Ctrl+w to insert a
symbol in the Replace field): Select the first dashed
line with mouse or keyboard, then bring up the Find and Replace
dialog (the selected dashed line should then be seen in the Find
field). Enter a replacement character or string of characters
or symbol, then click Replace All.
- Menu defaults: Your prreferred choices can be set at the top
of the macro code in the redlined User Modification Area of the
- An alternative to Clipper: WordPerfect has a built-in feature, Edit>Append,
that can append sequential selections of copied text to previous
selections on the Windows clipboard. Simply copy the first selection
with the usual Edit>Copy (or <Ctrl+C>) and then make
subsequent copies with Edit>Append. When you paste the material
in another location or another document, the clips will be pasted
together as one.
- Unlike Clipper, however, the Edit>Append
feature doesn't let you separate the clips, or move them (cut-and-paste)
out of one document and into another (you have to delete the
- Note that the Edit>Append feature can
be assigned to a keystroke combination such as <Alt+C>.