How often do you think of the Clipboard?

September 14, 2004 at 6:33 pm 1 comment

   The sole purpose of this post is to remind everyone about THE CLIPBOARD. For those of you who don’t know, the clipboard is a function built into Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems (why, I’ve even got it in my TI-89!) that lets you “cut,” “copy,” and “paste.” Whether you use the keyboard short-cut or use your mouse, I’ve decided now is a good time to think about what is perhaps the most unrecognized but most useful feature ever. In fact, I challenge any computer user who has been using a computer for more than a year to truthfully say he or she has never used the clipboard. What? No one? Thought so. So, the next time you’re pasting a site address into an email or IM, cutting a paragraph out of your paper and pasting it back in somewhere else, moving or copying a file, or any of the countless uses for this classic tool, take a moment to thank this tool for its tireless and reliable service. Should you choose to say “Thank you, clipboard!” out loud, look right back at the people giving you funny looks and remind them that they too at least partially owe their carpal-tunnel-free (or less-carpal-tunnel-ful-than-they-could-be) fingers, tentacles, or whatever to THE CLIPBOARD.

   After all, what else would let me do the following so easily?

Thank you, Clipboard!
Thank you, Clipboard!
Thank you, Clipboard!
Thank you, Clipboard!
Thank you, Clipboard!
Thank you, Clipboard!

I’ll spare you the torture.

Next up: Pixel Appreciation Day.

[Edit]: PS: Have a blog? Show your appreciation for the Clipboard but pasting this post into it! (And a link back to me would be nice!)


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Anonymous  |  September 16, 2004 at 6:26 pm

    I can’t say that I’ve ever taken time to appreciate the clipboard, but I’ve definetly appreciated “undo”…in fact, ctrl z is like, my best friend…I often wish after I do something retarded, more often than one would like, I could ctrl z it…just like when I write something retarded on my typed homework…just thought I’d add that in..



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