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What is "Copy and Paste?"

Copy and Paste is the ability to select and copy text from one location, and insert it into another location. It is possible to "Copy and Paste" text from PDFs, Internet pages, and document files into the FamilySearch Research Wiki, however, not all of the formatting will be included when copying and pasting between different computer program files. Special instructions are available if you want to copy and paste text from a spreadsheet, such as an Excel document. Pasting to the Wiki means to add it into the editing window of a Wiki page. Then save it to make it permanent.

Before you start

1. First make sure you know what text you want to copy, and where you want to paste or insert it.

2. A Web browser and other programs can be open at the same time. You may also open more than one instance of an Internet browser to copy from another website. To switch between the different programs, locate the icons on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and Click on the one you want.

3. Copy text from a page in any program. You can use the Edit menu or any of its shortcuts. Use your mouse to position your cursor to the left of the text. While holding down the left button on your mouse, drag the cursor to the end of the text you want to copy, and release the left mouse button. Do not click either mouse button before proceeding to the next step or the text you have highlighted will be deselected! Proceed with either one of the following:

  • Right-click with your mouse and a pop-up with a list of options will appear. In this list, left-click the word Copy. Although you will not see any visible change, the text will be copied. Some Web browsers have security settings that may disallow cutting and copying text by right-clicking on the mouse. However, the following should work in most cases.
  • Locate the "CTRL" key on your keyboard. While holding down the "CTRL" key, tap the "C" key on your keyboard. Although you will not see any visible change, the text will be "copied".

4. Navigate to the Family Search Wiki Page you want to paste text into. This may be done by searching for the page title in the "Search" box.

5. Make sure you are logged into the Family Search Research Wiki,

6. Click the Edit This Page button found at the top right of the page. This will open the Edit Window.

7. Pasting into a Wiki Page can be done with the FCK Editor or with Wikitext, (see the next section How to Paste into a Wiki Page using Wikitext).

How to Paste into a Wiki Page using the FCK Editor

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1. Make sure the FCK Editor toolbar looks like the one above. If not, then Click on the Wikitext button in the top left corner. This will exit the Wikitext mode, allowing the FCK Editor to work.

2. Click in the Edit Window where you want the new text to be inserted.

3. Now you can Paste into the Wiki Page using the Windows Edit menu or any of its shortcuts. If you attempt to "paste" in the Edit Window, a new window will pop up, prompting you to paste into that window. This works fine, but may be confusing for some users, because you first have to Left Click with your mouse in the window, and then paste, or while holding down the "CTRL" key, tap the "V" key on your keyboard.

4. Format your text after you have pasted it. Use your backspace key, Delete key and Enter key just as you do in your word processor. If you make a mistake, don't worry. Its not permanent. You can fix it or someone else will.

5. When you are finished, scroll down to the bottom and add a short Edit Summary.

6. Then click the Save page button. This page will now contain your changes. Everyone who looks at your page, from around the world, will see the changes that you made. Its a good feeling to help others.

How to Paste into a Wiki Page using Wikitext

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1. Make sure the FCK Editor toolbar looks like the one above. If not, then Click on the Wikitext button in the top left corner to enter Wikitext mode. Wikitext may seem a little scary at first because it looks unusual. If you are new to editing, just stick with Copy and Paste as explained here and you will do OK. Remember, avoid the following characters < [ { and } ] > As you gain more experience, you will learn how to use these additional functions.

2. Click in the Edit Window where you want the new text to be inserted. You can use the Windows Edit menu or any of its shortcuts. You can insert text anywhere there is space, such as before or after a paragraph. You can also insert text into the middle of a paragraph.
Some Web browser software have security settings that often disallow pasting text into a wiki page by right-clicking on the mouse. However, the following keystroke combinations should work in most cases: CTRL V.

3. Format your text after you have pasted it. Use your backspace key, Delete key and Enter key just as you do in your word processor. Text can also be moved. Just highlight the text to be moved. Click on that highlight, wait one second then move it to where you want it located. If you make a mistake, don't worry. Its not permanent. You can fix it or someone else will.

4. When you are finished, scroll down to the bottom and add a short Edit Summary.

5. Then click the Save page button. This page will now contain your changes. Everyone who looks at your page, from around the world, will see the changes that you made. Its a good feeling to help others.


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