Clipboard Issues


ActiveWords, by default, uses the Windows Clipboard to paste Substitute Text Actions greater than 100 characters. While this speeds delivery of larger Substitutions, it may create issues for users who wish to retain prior Clipboard contents. Also note that Substitute Content Actions must be delivered through the Windows Clipboard regardless of size.


Controls to help manage the Windows Clipboard are included in Advanced Options. To use these controls, check “Show advanced tools and options” on the “Preferences” tab of the Options dialog. Next, click on the “Advanced” tab that appears in the Options dialog.”

ActiveWords includes an Advanced Option to set the “Minimum length to paste substitutions.” Substitute Text Actions less than the number of characters set in this control will be delivered by simulating keystrokes and avoid using the Windows Clipboard. The down side of simulating keystrokes is that it can be slow. The downside of using the Windows Clipboard is that clipboard contents are replaced when a Substitute Action is triggered. Each user may wish to find the right balance for their ActiveWords usage by changing the value of “Minimum length to paste substitutions.”

ActiveWords includes another Advanced Option to “Restore Clipboard after Substitutions.” This control restores the clipboard contents that existed immediately prior to triggering a Substitute Action. With this turned on, however, unavoidable timing issue result in prior clipboard contents occasionally being substituted instead of the intended Substitute Action.