Copying or moving text and images
This article summarizes the various methods available in TreePad for copying or moving a highlighted block of text and⁄or images. Recall that moving is actually copying followed by deletion of the source item(s).
Using Cut ⁄ Copy and Paste commands on a block of text
- To copy or move a block of text⁄images within the same article or from one article to another within the same TreePad file, simply highlight the whole block, then apply Copy or Cut followed by Paste. See Copying and Cutting text and Pasting text into the article.
- To copy or move a block of text⁄images between a TreePad article and another open application that accepts both text and images via the Windows Clipboard (such as Microsoft Word), you can still transfer directly using Cut⁄Copy⁄Paste. With some word processors such as Microsoft Word you can highlight and copy a whole block containing both text and images to⁄from TreePad. In the case of other appplications, particularly Web browsers, you need to transfer text and images separately, as described in the previous paragraph.
Using image cloning to conserve database space
Use image cloning instead of standard Cut⁄Copy⁄Paste commands when a file needs to display more than one identical image. See Cloning image references.
Using Cut ⁄ Copy and Paste commands on a node
If the block contains a lot of images it may be simpler to Copy⁄Cut the whole node to the TreePad Clipboard, Paste it into the destination TreePad file then combine it with the destination article and delete superfluous images. Again, this only applies to transfers within the same TreePad file.
- Drag-and-drop is very useful for moving a highlighted block of text within the same article.
- You can use drag-and-drop to copy or move selected text from the current article to a new child node of the target node (which is the node on which the text block is dropped).
- Simply dragging and dropping the text copies it into the article of the new node; holding down the Alt key while doing this moves the text to the new article. Using the Shift or Ctrl keys with or without the Alt key make the new node a sibling rather than a child of the target node.
- You cannot use drag-and-drop to copy⁄move text or images between two concurrently open TreePad files.
- You can also use drag-and-drop to copy text from any application that supports rich text (such as Microsoft Word or Wordpad) to a TreePad article. See Drag-and-drop support for details.
Using Automatic Paste
- You can use Automatic Paste to copy plain or formatted text from another open application to one or multiple articles in a TreePad file. Automatic Paste saves you from having to manually paste in each block of text or image; all you need do is Copy it (to the Windows Clipboard) and it will be automatically be pasted in.
- Automatic Paste will also copy single images between two concurrently open TreePad files if the Formatting, text and images option is selected. However, this method may not work for images sourced from other applications, e.g. Microsoft Word documents. Here you should use the Copy⁄Cut⁄Paste commands as described above.
Using Article sorting methods
You can move paragraphs (including paragraphs consisting of single images) manually by pressing Shift+Alt+Up or Shift+Alt+Down. See Sorting text.
Image transfer using Export image combined with Insert image(s) from file
This involves saving (exporting) the image as a separate image file, then importing the file when required. Although this method breaks image transfer into two separate steps, it may be useful if you wish to bypass the Windows Clipboard (e.g., if you are using it for text transfer using Automatic Paste), or if for any reason you need an independent copy of the image, e.g. in a special image format.
Another advantage of this method is that it allows you to insert multiple images into a TreePad file simultaneously by holding down the Shift or Ctrl keys when selecting images.