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Restart Paste Master without restarting Mac OS X

I use Paste Master as an advanced clipboard manager. It allows me to keep up to 90 items in my clipboard and also allows me to paste them unformatted so I don’t have to copy them to an ASCII text editor first. It would not come up one day and wanted to restart it without the OS (operating system). Under System Preferences, uncheck and check “Enable Paste Master” and that will restart it. Since it is a checkbox, it might appear to only take effect when the OS restart, but it takes immediate effect.

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Copy Multiple Items To The Windows 7 Clipboard Using WinKlipper

With Microsoft Office you can turn on the ability to copy multiple items to the MS Office clipboard so you would sort of assume that the same functionality would be built into Windows however this is not the case. I rarely need to copy multiple items and have access to them immediately and when I do I typically just copy them into Notepad++ or Evernote and then access them in either place whenever I need them. I wanted to try having the ability to use the Windows clipboard to have immediate access to multiple items and that is how I ran across WinKlipper which is an free open source application that allows you to do just that. Below I explain how to get WinKlipper, how to install WinKlipper on Windows 7, and the basics of the WinKlipper configuration.

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Gentoo: Paste Into Vi Issue, Each Line Gains More Spaces To The Left

My Linux distribution of choice is CentOS so that is where I typically spend time. Recently though I have been working for a project that runs on a Gentoo Linux server. So far I really like Gentoo though there are some things that I am used to that are totally different. One minor issues I have had is how vi/vim (vi IMproved) handles text that is pasted into it. Every time I was pasting data into a file I was editing with vi. Initially I thought it must have been some odd formatting coming from the file I was copying the text from however I ruled this out quickly when I pasted into notepad first to remove all formatting and then into vi and sure enough the spaces on the left still existed. Below I explain the issue, provide an image of a shell window showing the issue, and how to resolve the problem.

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Copy and Paste Screen Captures Into Photoshop Not Working, Adobe Photoshop CS4 Clipboard Problem

Recently I was trying to paste a screenshot created using print screen into Adobe Photoshop CS4 on Windows XP but nothing would happen. I use print screen to create screenshots on a regular basis and then paste the results into Photoshop so I can describe how to resolve basic issues on a computer to people. I have never had a problem until this time so I figured it must be a configuration setting or something similar causing the issue.

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How to Merge Multiple Excel Fields Together, Merge Excel Cells Together

Its fairly easy to merge Microsoft Excel fields together but you have to be aware of formulas and then with how to pull that data out of the formula to save it on its own. I used this to merge title, first name, and last name together. Follow the directions below and you should have no problems merging Excel fields together.

1. New Column: Add the below formula to a new column.

=CONCATENATE(A1,” “,B1,” “,C1)

Microsoft Excel Formula for Merge