Sfairadora

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Copying and Moving Data

Sfairadora allows you to copy and move data in a very flexible fashion, facilitating thus the organization of the data. Two standard mechanisms of the Windows system are used for this purpose: the clipboard and mouse drag and drop.
The clipboard is a notional place, where data can be stored in order to be later inserted elsewhere – to a desired location. Since the clipboard is managed by Windows, you can use it also to move data from one application to another.
Mouse drag and drop is a method allowing the user to move selected data directly to a desired location.
Mouse drag and drop is a more straightforward and faster technique, however, it is advisable that both the source and the target location of the data be visible on the screen, as otherwise this operation becomes somewhat ungainly. Copying through the clipboard is also useful when the same data needs to be copied to multiple locations.
The sources of data to be copied in Sfairadora are mainly: editors (e.g. the line editor, text editor or rich text editor), from which parts of text can be copied; tables, from which blocks of rows can be copied; or even entire data items located in different document sections.

Selecting Data for Copying

Before you can copy data, you must select it first.
In text editors, you can select a continuous piece of text by holding down the Shift key while using any of the arrow keys to move the cursor.
In tables and lists (e.g. lists of document data items), you can select adjacent sections by holding down the Shift key while using any of the arrow keys to move the cursor, and also select non-adjacent sections by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking the desired items.
Exact explanation of all selection options is included with the description of individual controls.

Copying or Cutting Data to the Clipboard

When using the clipboard, selected data must be first either copied to the clipboard (data remains in the source location and a copy is used thereafter) or cut and saved to the clipboard (data is deleted from the source location).
Data can be copied by the Edit|Copy menu command, by the tool bar button, or by the Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert keyboard shortcuts.
Data can be cut out from the source location and saved to the clipboard by the Edit|Cut menu command, by the tool bar button, or by the Ctrl+X or Shift+Delete keyboard shortcuts.

Pasting Data from the Clipboard

After you have saved data to the clipboard, you can move the cursor to the target location and paste data there. This can be accomplished by the Edit|Paste menu command, by the tool bar button, or by the Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert keyboard shortcuts.
Regardless of whether the data has been copied or cut to the clipboard, it remains there until it is replaced by saving other data so that you can paste additional copies to other locations.

Mouse Drag and Drop

Mouse drag and drop is performed by pressing the mouse button over the selected data (grabbing the data) followed by dragging the mouse to the desired location while still holding down the mouse button. When the mouse pointer is in the location where data should be inserted, the mouse button is simply released (dropping the data).
If you drag the data using the left mouse button, you can determine whether data is to be copied or moved by pressing the Ctrl or Shift button when dropping the data.
If you press the Ctrl button when dropping the data, the data is always copied (i.e. it remains unchanged in the source location, and a copy is created in the target location).
If you press the Shift button when dropping the data, the data is always moved (i.e. it is deleted from the source location and pasted to the target location).
If none of these keys is pressed, the more appropriate operation according to the context is performed. In order to distinguish which operation will be performed, a small plus sign appears near the mouse pointer if data is to be copied rather than moved.
If you drag the data using the right mouse button, a menu is displayed when you drop it, in which you can choose whether the data should be copied or moved (more options are available in some cases).
You cannot open subordinate windows and ungroup grouped presentations while dragging because the mouse button is still held down. Instead, if you hover with the mouse pointer for a moment over the button used for opening a window or presentation, the same operation is performed, as if the button was pressed.
If you wish to cancel the drag and drop operation without moving the data, press the Esc key.