First the rant: While modern electronic devices have brought us many nice things, I absolutely despise the way they perform random unwanted, infuriating functions for no apparent reason.
The latest instance of this for me is saving Milt Webb's Towe Museum "Mothballs" article. Many times in the past I've tried to copy and paste it, always with the same result. It would paste not as words, but as individual letters with spaces between them, l i k e t h i s. Nothing I tried would make it paste normally. Yes, I know how to copy and paste. I do it all the time. But it never worked for this. Every time, i t p a s t e d a s i n d i v i d u a l l e t t e r s . Coming across the article again this morning, I tried it again. But this time I tried copying and pasting only a few lines at a time. It worked! I was delighted, and proceeded. Copy a few lines, and paste. Copy a few lines, and paste. Then, for no apparent reason, it stopped working. I w a s b a c k t o l e t t e r s . Perhaps this was some sort of glitch in Firefox, so I tried other browsers. Safari was no better. Netscape was the same. When I tried IE, it worked! I was able to copy and paste the whole thing at once, not just a piece at a time.
So now the question. Was it really the browser that made the difference, or was there something else I did that made it work or not work? If it was the browser, how come Firefox worked and then didn't? Maybe somebody with actual computer and IT skills can explain what's going on w h e n t h i s h a p p e n s .
Instead of copying and pasting, you can easily save the article in its entirety with its original look and feel.
You can use two different methods:
First method: since the article is made up of JPEGs, you can simply save each JPEG. When a JPEG is open, right click on the your mouse and select "Save Image As." Then save the individual JPEGs in a file folder.
Second method: you can save the JPEGs as PDFs. When a JPEG is open, choose "file" then "print." Instead of actually printing it, choose "Save as PDF." Then save the individual PDFs in a file folder. If you have a full version of Adobe Acrobat, you can then combine the individual PDFs into a single file.
Sent you the file as a pdf.
Not sure if this answers your question.
See Erik's explanation above.
Very good. Now I have it in both text and PDF forms. But I'd still be interested to know the reason for the p a s t e problem.
Did you leave the cap off the bottle of paste?
I have been working in and around computer apps for the last 40 years. I know less now then when I started.
Sometimes an app will work better in a different browser.
Sometimes you get in the Swiss cheese room while navigating an app.
Hope this helps!
Steve.....if all you want to save is plain text paste it into Notepad.
Notepad is THE most overlooked simple doc application ever.
You will find it in Start; All Programs; Accessories; Notepad.
You can do a select all (ctrl/a), copy (ctrl/c) and paste into (ctrl/v) Notepad.
Once pasted into Notepad ALL formatting and photos are removed as Notepad strips all formatting.
All you will see is plain text.
The first time you use it you might want to change the formatting to Word Wrap and set your default font and size.
It's the most useful Windows application ever but few people use it.
I use it extensively.
I just email the link to myself - then I can look at it any old time
except in wonderful (sarcasm) Windows 8, there's no "Start" to click on, you have all these stupid tiles, then you end up eventually finding notepad in the so-called "charms"....this is the most stupidist, non-user friendly OS Microsoft has ever come up with.
Tim, I agree Windows 8 is a poke in the eye to users. Glad I don't own microsoft stock.
Google search 'Windows 8 classic shell' for a utility that will make windows 8 user friendly and return the START button.
Sorry, I don't speak Windows. No right/left click. iMac here.
I believe that these changes are coming from employees that are trying to be recognized by the bosses and are looking for Atta boys and one more step up the latter. To us non skilled users
they say "I know it why don't you, dummy. After a fission I can master things only to find out its been changed again. I don't mind changes but this is getting to be to much. Almost every night when I shut down, I get the message not to " Up grading system "Enough is Enough"
PS. I guess that is why it's hard to date changes
on the Model T,Henry did it also.
You CAN right click with a Mac mouse. I'm a Mac user and do it all the time.
The left click is the default click with the single button Mac mouse.
To right click, press "control" on the keyboard and then click the mouse button. Works great if you are copying and pasting.
Also - if you have a wireless Mac MIghty Mouse, you can configure it so it it does both left and right clicks. Just go into system preferences, click "keyboard & mouse" and you can configure the mouse. Here's a quick tutorial:
Finally -the Apple website has great tutorial videos on how to perform various functions and tasks and get the most out of your Mac.
iMAC.......you WERE using a Windows machine.
You're on your own.......
Way OT --- I dislike Microsoft but have to use Windows for work and am stuck with it at home except for my iPhone and iPad.
I have Windows 7 Professional on my work laptop and XP on my home computer. My wife's and daughter's laptops have Windows 7 and I have an old Vista laptop that works most of the time.
In the old days I just figured out MS DOS 2.1 3.0 etc. with batch files etc. when they forced us to use windows. Each time they released an upgrade I had to purchase new programs when I made the switch and sometimes I was forced to change the operating system so I could use the newer software.
I finally stopped upgrading at XP (no longer supported) when I learned that it was going to cost me more to upgrade to compatible programs than it cost for the computer and the new operating system (Vista) was the worse MS had ever designed. The major programs that forced me to stay with XP were an Audi service and parts manual, Adobe Acrobat, and a PLC software compiler.
Additionally, how can anyone take MS seriously when they come out with "service packs" a few months after the original release to fix problems and then continue with weekly updates and bug fixes. If the operating systems from MS were an automobile or appliance with recalls to fix problems the consumer protection agency would be all over them for providing sub-standard product.
Wait what? They still make netscape?
Where is the link to the original article?
I don't know iMac from a Haynes-Apperson...Like Fred, I suffer through all of the MS junk time and time again.
However, there is a thought that may be the root of your issue...in MS parlance anyway, perhaps MacOS has the same. I'll mention it and somebody Mac can add or say 'no way'.
Your paste part 'might' be set up to paste as HTML (computer web page lingo) and NOT as 'text'. Therefore those 'spaces' are built into the 'cut' part. The toggle for this in MS would be in 'settings' and in MS lingo the keywords would be 'Western ISO' and 'Allow UTF'.
Off the wall and in outer space...but offer it as a suggestion to at least consider. (My Apple products 'iphone5' and 'ipad2' are just 'point and shoot', I've never needed to go into advanced settings with either of them.)
I can not find the link from the Museum web site to the Milt's article, so I posted the above.
This is a cut/paste from the PDF on my old XP machine....let's see how it does it.
Milt Webb’s article-removing a T from Moth Balls is a great list of items to check on a new T. They are copied from the posting Tom did at: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/8538.html and are
(Looks good on preview!)