Copying and Pasting Text

 
As I've said before, I won't be backing up the messages here at EZ Board.
It took me 8 hours to "copy and paste" 3 months of messages at CoolBoard.

But you can back them up yourself with the following instructions. Or you
can print out whatever you want to keep.

At first glance, these instructions may seem to make "copying and pasting"
seem very complicated but they're not. I've just tried to explain every step
in great detail for the beginner. After you've done it a few times, it
won't take more that 30 seconds to "copy and paste".

Basically, it's click your left mouse button, sometimes your right mouse
button and sometimes double click your left mouse button.

If you have any problems, post them here!!

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COPYING AND PASTING TEXT

First your file needs a destination.

Let's create a folder called "ds" on your "D" drive.

(You can choose to do this on any of your drives: C, D, E, etc.)

1. Left click START
2. Scroll up to PROGRAMS
3. Move to the right and left click WINDOWS EXPLORER 
4. Scroll down and left click "D"
5. In the upper left hand corner, left click FILE
6. Scroll down to "New" and move across to "Folder"
7. Left click "Folder"
8. In the window on the right, a new folder appears at the bottom called
  "New Folder"
9. Hit "Backspace" until it is blank
10. Type in "ds" (without the quotes)
11. Hit "Enter"
12. Close "Window Explorer" by left clicking the "X" in the 
    upper right corner

You now have a new folder on your D drive called "ds"
This is where you will be saving your files.

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Let's assume you are reading one of my messages on my DS message
board and you'd like to save it as a file on your computer.

1. Go to the upper left hand corner and move your cursor just to the left
   of my name "mrjuggins"
2. Hold down your left mouse button and drag it "down and to the right"
   until all of the message is highlighted. If you go too far, just move the
   cursor back up until you have highlighted only the text you want to save.
3. Let go of the left mouse button
4. Right click
5. A menu appears ---- left click "Copy"

The highlighted text has been copied to your "clipboard" -
which is like a buffer.

6. Open your Wordprocessor (WORD, Wordpad, etc.)
   (For WORD, choose "Work Tools" and then "Wordprocessor")

7. Move your cursor to the empty area and left click.
   Then right click
8. A menu pops up
9. Scroll down and left click "Paste"
  (All of the text can be seen in your wordprocessor. It's a mess right
   now but we'll fix that later)

10. Go to the upper left and left click "File"
11. A menu appears. Scroll down and left click "Save As"
   (Choose "Text Document")
12. A menu appears for where you want to save your file
13. Assuming you have a folder on your D drive called "ds", left click 
    the "down arrow" and left click "D"

    (Folders and files on your D drive can now be seen)

14. With your left mouse button, move the bar along the bottom to the 
    right until you see the "ds" folder
15. Left double click the "ds" folder
16. In the bottom box, left click the "arrow" and choose "Text Document" 
    or ".txt"
17. If you see the name "Document" or anything else in the top box, for 
    the name of the file, erase it by hitting "Backspace"
18. Choose a name for your file, such as "ezb-msg1.txt" and type it 
    in the top box

    (The reason I chose "ezb-msg1.txt" ===> EZ Board Message number 1)

19. Left click "Save"

The file with the copied text has been saved on your D drive in a
folder called "ds". The name of the file is "ezb-msg1.txt"


Choose an easy name for the file, so you'll remember it. For example,
you might have called this file "ezb-mrj1.txt" because it's from the
"EZ Board" and written by "MrJuggins".
 
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Now you need to line up the text.

Go up to the top of the text using the scroll bar along the right
side of your wordprocessor. Then scroll back down a little to where 
you can see the text of the message. It is pushed to the right and 
you need to line it up on the left margin.

Put your cursor just to the left of any line of text and left click. 
The cursor should be blinking just to the left of the first word of text 
on that line. And there are a lot of blank spaces to the left of it. 

Hold down your left mouse button and drag it to the left until you reach
the left margin. If you go too far, just go back to the right, until the
highlighted spaces go to the left margin and nothing else. Let go of the
left mouse button. All of those empty spaces to the left of the first word 
of text on that line are now highlighted. 

(Do not hightlight anything on the line above or below)

Go up and left click "Edit" and scroll down and left click "Replace".

A menu appears. Scroll down and left click "Replace All".

Left click "OK".

When it's finished, left click "Close".

All of the text that was moved to the right the same exact number of spaces 
should now be flush against the left margin.

Other parts of the text was pushed to the right by different amounts. 
Follow the same procedure to move it all the way to the left too.

Once you are finished, go up and left click "File" and then scroll down 
and left click "Save". 

This overwrites the old file, with this, the newer version.

If you want to save the results as a new file with a different name,
instead of choosing "Save", pick "Save As" and type in a different name.

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Now that the file is on your computer, you need to also save it on a 
3.5 inch diskette. That way, if your computer ever crashes, you have a
backup copy of the file.

Put a blank 3.5 inch diskette in your A drive.

While your wordprocessor was open and viewing the file, you could have
saved the file to a 3.5 inch diskette right then. The file would then be
on your D drive and also on your 3.5 inch diskette as a backup.

You can still load your wordprocessor, open the file and and save it 
to your A drive on a 3.5 inch diskette. Choose the same name for the file.


Here's another way to do that.

1. Left click START
2. Scroll up to PROGRAMS
3. Scroll up and left click WINDOWS EXPLORER
4. Scroll down and left click "D"
5. Move the bar along the bottom to the right with your left mouse
   button until you see the "ds" folder
6. Left double click the "ds" folder
7. Left click the file called "ez-msg1.txt"
8. Make sure your cursor is on the file name
9. Right click once and a menu appears
10. Scroll down to "Send To" and left click "3.5 inch floppy"

This sends your file to your 3.5 inch diskette.

Now, we will check to make sure the file is on the 3.5 inch diskette

11. When it is finished, scroll up and left click "A"
12. In the right window, you should see one file, "ez-msg1" listed as a 
   "Text Document"
13. You will also see the size of the file

As I said, if you don't want to use this procedure, you could open the file 
in your wordprocessor again and this time save it on the A drive. 

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If you forget the location of your file on your computer, you
can use "Find" to locate it. "Find" can be found by doing this:

1. Left click START and scroll up to FIND
2. Move to the right and left click "Files and Folders"
3. In the top box type "ezb" (without the quotes) 
4. Left click "down arrow" and then left click "D"
5. Left click "Find Now"

If it finds the file, you will see that the file is on your "D" drive
and in a folder called "ds". 

This location of the file is: D:\ds

If you have a lot of files named "ezb", it will list all of them that are
on your "D" drive.