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Martin S Taylor

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Nov 30, 2021, 4:19:11 AM11/30/21
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If I select some text in, for example, Safari, there are various Services on
my Mac which import the text into certain apps. I have a Service which is
"New email with selection" and a Service which is "New Nisus document with
selection", and similarly for DevonThink and others.

But the app I most want to import it into is TextEdit. Is there a ready-made
Service to do this, or do I have to learn about Shortcuts or AppleScript or
Automator or whatever it's called this week?

MST

Graham J

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Nov 30, 2021, 6:02:41 AM11/30/21
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On a Windows box I would do this by:

Select the text
Copy the text (Control-C)
Open Notepad (a simple text editor in Windows, like TextEdit)
Put cursor in the Notepad window (so it has the focus)
Paste the Text (Control-V)

... which is much quicker to do that write the instructions.

Surely an equivalent set of operations is possible on a Mac?

The procedure also works from virtually any app to any other, and
usually from one machine to another via VNC or RDP. Copying structured
data such as cells from a spreadsheet usually achieves something reasonable.


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Mark

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Nov 30, 2021, 6:31:35 AM11/30/21
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On 2021-11-30 09:19:09 +0000, Martin S Taylor
I think you have to add it to the Services menu -from- Safari.

Safari (menu) -> Services -> Service Preferences ...and then tick 'New
TextEdit Window Containing Selection'.

Works here.
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Mark

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Nov 30, 2021, 6:32:58 AM11/30/21
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Seems to work most places after that, so maybe you can add it from any program.
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Martin S Taylor

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Nov 30, 2021, 6:38:48 AM11/30/21
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On Nov 30, 2021, Mark wrote
(in article <so5258$r9u$2...@gioia.aioe.org>):
Thanks all. It didn't occur to me that the Service might already be there but
not activated. Job done.

MST

Graham J

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Nov 30, 2021, 7:11:47 AM11/30/21
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Ray wrote:
> On 30 Nov 2021 at 11:02:12 GMT, "Graham J" <nob...@nowhere.co.uk> wrote:
>
>> Martin S Taylor wrote:
>>> If I select some text in, for example, Safari, there are various Services on
>>> my Mac which import the text into certain apps. I have a Service which is
>>> "New email with selection" and a Service which is "New Nisus document with
>>> selection", and similarly for DevonThink and others.
>>>
>>> But the app I most want to import it into is TextEdit. Is there a ready-made
>>> Service to do this, or do I have to learn about Shortcuts or AppleScript or
>>> Automator or whatever it's called this week?
>>
>> On a Windows box I would do this by:
>
> On a Mac you can do the same.
> But Services is quicker.

But from what others have written the Service has to be added to each
app individually. Strange! One would have thought it would be built
into the OS.


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Mark

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Nov 30, 2021, 7:42:52 AM11/30/21
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It seems to be app-agnostic. I added it in Safari but it's available in
other apps, and the option to select/deselect it as a Services menu
item is available from other apps.
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whisky-dave

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Nov 30, 2021, 8:10:51 AM11/30/21
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On Tuesday, 30 November 2021 at 11:02:41 UTC, Graham J wrote:
> Martin S Taylor wrote:
> > If I select some text in, for example, Safari, there are various Services on
> > my Mac which import the text into certain apps. I have a Service which is
> > "New email with selection" and a Service which is "New Nisus document with
> > selection", and similarly for DevonThink and others.
> >
> > But the app I most want to import it into is TextEdit. Is there a ready-made
> > Service to do this, or do I have to learn about Shortcuts or AppleScript or
> > Automator or whatever it's called this week?
> On a Windows box I would do this by:
>
> Select the text
> Copy the text (Control-C)
> Open Notepad (a simple text editor in Windows, like TextEdit)
> Put cursor in the Notepad window (so it has the focus)
> Paste the Text (Control-V)
>
> ... which is much quicker to do that write the instructions.
>
> Surely an equivalent set of operations is possible on a Mac?

It's a lot of instructions to go through that is the point.
I'd like more than one clipboard to paste too.

>
> The procedure also works from virtually any app to any other, and
> usually from one machine to another via VNC or RDP. Copying structured
> data such as cells from a spreadsheet usually achieves something reasonable.

But not always and it depends on font size and type, colour and any other thing
can give odd results, that you might not want, and then again sometimes you want them.

>
>
> --
> Graham J

Stefen

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Dec 1, 2021, 12:17:25 AM12/1/21
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It was John Gohde who stated that he and his college buddies used to shoplift
all the time and it was harmless fun to his way of thinking. I can not
explain that. Lack of education is lack of education and there are "advocates"
who are of one mind with it. A few are even lawyers.

What did Apd assume from the lying imbecile? That John Gohde lamer has
nothing to waste but time. He has nothing else, especially not ambition.
It was John Gohde who flooded Apd's site dozens of times and pretended
he did not do it. John Gohde failed to give a case study of a large business
that has acquired its fortune by not caring about its clients and services.
You can say I am John Gohde for all I care.


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