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Typo3 Clipboard and Pages

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Advantages

While you can always use the contextual cut/copy/paste (instructions given in your Typo3 class or starting on page 18 of the Typo3 manual (pdf) (doc)) or the single cut/copy/paste in the List module, using the Clipboard gives you several advantages.

  • The clipboard shows clearly what you have copied. 
  • You can use more than one clipboard, copying and pasting more than one.
  • You can organize what you have copied by what clipboard it is in.
  • You can copy a large number of records, or files from more than one place into one clipboard.

Typo3's Clipboard

Typo3 has it's own clipboard which can be used with content, pages or files. This clipboard is independent from the computer you are using to edit your site.  It can greatly simplify moving, copying and deleting content, pages and files.  I'm not entirely sure how many elements the clipboard can hold.  I placed 127 files, 21 pages and 12 content elements in one clipboard panel.  I'm still researching this. 

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Clipboard (with two pages and two files)

  1. Show Thumbnails - handy if you have images
  2. Copy/Move - Choose between copy and move elements here.  NOTE: Move is the default, check before you paste.   (see image below).
  3. [menu] -Choose between Export (beyond the scope of this site), Edit (this module currently has a live in bug, and although it saves, it will error when saving so I suggest not using it), Delete (no explanation needed I hope).
  4. Clear current clipboard.
  5. Normal - Normal copy/cut/paste, this is essentially what you do when not using the clipboard, copying/cutting/pasting one at a time.
  6. Clipboard (2) - the two indicates how many elements or files you have on the clipboard.  Although it will show both your files and your pages/content elements in the clipboard, it will sum how many elements you have when you are in the list module, and how many files you have when in filelist.  So in this case it shows (2) whether I'm in the list module or filelist.  I'm clueless as to why it doesn't total them.
  7. Info - this is the same Display information for the list module or the File information for files.   
  8. Remove - remove this one element from the clipboard.

Typo3 has 3 clipboard panels.  You can use this to organize your copying/moving of information.  

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Clipboard Menu

The clipboard has it's own menu with options and more ways to edit and delete items.

When the clipboard is empty, so is the menu, so to enable it you need to add either content or pages to it.  NOTE: if you have a file in the same clipboard as pages or content the menu will drop the edit.

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  • Export - choosing this option will, at the moment, result in an error.  I suspect that it's an advanced option though, not something typical users would use.
  • Edit - edit the content element(s) or page(s) in the clipboard.  If you have a file in the same clipboard the edit will not be present in the menu.  For more go to Editing using the Clipboard.
  • Delete - You will get a warning before deleting.  If this includes files, it cannot be undone.

Thumbnails of images in clipboard

If you need to see a thumbnail of the file in the clipboard (I never can remember images names).  You can click the info next to it.

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Where to find the clipboard

The clipboard is available in either your filelist or in the List module.  It is not available in Page or View.  You'll find as you get more experience that you can do quite a lot from List and may find yourself no longer using "View".

When you first log into Typo3,  and you choose a page and List, you will get the simple view of the list of your pages and content.  

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In simple view the icons for copy/cut/paste are not available to use.

Check "Show Clipboard" and the clipboard will appear.  Normal is the default.  Normal is the regular method for single element method of copying and moving.

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However, once you have checked the "Show clipboard" and clicked one of the 3 clipboards, the clipboard icons will display and you can use the clipboard functions to copy, move or delete content.

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To enable Typo3's clipboard for pages and content

To turn on Typo3's clipboard capabilities, just click "Show Clipboard" under your list of files and content in List.

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 Once on you will get a small "Clipboard" box at the bottom of your list.

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