Magic paste

Use Magic paste to capture text from the screen, regardless of which program is displaying it (Web browser, Acrobat, Word, etc). By default, it removes unnecessary line breaks and leading spaces. See below for details of how to change the settings.

Magic paste is similar to Smart paste except that it runs in the background and you may paste a separator before each paste.

Regardless of what program you are using, even another BrainStorm model window, as you copy something new into the clipboard (usually using ctrl/c), the textual content is automatically copied into the BrainStorm model with Magic paste set on. Only one model at a time can have Magic paste set.

Please note that Cut and Copy are both disabled within BrainStorm while Magic paste is on to save you filling your model with duplicate entries (in the case of Copy) and unwanted entries (in the case of Cut).

Click on the Magic paste toolbar icon in BrainStorm to activate/deactivate the function. When active, a small yellow clipboard is superimposed on the BrainStorm icon in the taskbar and on the icon at the top left of the BrainStorm window (it's called the system menu). While pasting, the clipboard turns green.

It copies the material in the clipboard into BrainStorm just above the currently selected entry. (It is disabled in Edit mode.) Magic paste, like Smart paste, is designed to get the most out of pasting from other programs and the Web to BrainStorm. (Hint: some Web pages offer a printer-friendly option, choose that before selecting and copying the text.)

Magic paste offers you four choices which may be used in certain combinations:

Unwrap paragraphs into single entries: BrainStorm does its best to understand which line breaks really mean 'end of paragraph'. It will remove line breaks and insert spaces if necessary to try and preserve the original author's intent. Later entries will not be joined to entries which already have descendants. Entries indented from the previous one will not be considered part of the same paragraph.

Retain line breaks: BrainStorm will preserve line breaks within an entry and only create a new entry when it senses it is at the end of a paragraph. Beware of things like single-spaced lists: they will end up in a single entry.

Please note: the two options above are mutually exclusive.

Use indents to create descendants: BrainStorm uses the presence of indents to change levels when pasting material held in the form of an outline. It pastes the first line above the currently selected entry, going deeper into the model with each successive indent. If a line has fewer spaces in front of it than the first entry, then this entry will be placed at the same level as the first one. Please note that this action takes precedence over 'Unwrap paragraphs into single entries'.

Remove leading spaces from entries: BrainStorm does exactly that, making all entries appear at the same level.

Please note: the two options above are mutually exclusive.

If none of the boxes are checked, BrainStorm discards blank lines and puts each paragraph into a single entry.

The Revert button resets the values to the BrainStorm default Smart paste settings which you may redefine in Preferences Editing options.

The Separator button reveals this dialogue:

As you choose the various options, the effect on each Magic paste is shown in the preview pane. The edges of the dialogue box can be dragged to enlarge it.

The date format options are shown according to your regional settings (set up in Windows' Control Panel).

See also Paste and Smart paste


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