By default, AceText will automatically grab all text that you copy to the clipboard, regardless of the application you copied it from. Each time you copy some text, a new clip is added to the top of the ClipHistory. If you want, you can turn off the automatic capture in the Operation Preferences, and turn on manual capture in the Hotkeys Preferences. When using manual capture, you need to press a hotkey combination on the keyboard to make AceText capture the text on the clipboard into the ClipHistory.
The Windows clipboard can only hold one piece of information, which is often insufficient. AceText's ClipHistory, however, can hold as many clips as you want. By automatically grabbing all text you copy to the clipboard, AceText enables you to easily work with many bits of text. If you accidentally overwrite the text on the clipboard by copying something else, you can easily put it back on the clipboard again by double-clicking on the clip in the ClipHistory.
To copy and paste many pieces of text from one application into another, first copy all the items in the first application, without bothering to paste them. Then switch to AceText, select the copied items in the ClipHistory, and activate SequencePaste. Then switch to the target application and paste all the items, one after the other. This way of working is much handier than switching back and forth between the two applications, copying and pasting the items one by one.
By default, the ClipHistory will hold up to 1,000 items. You can change the limit in the Operation Preferences. If you forgot to save some text that you worked with (using copy and paste) over the past days or weeks, you can retrieve it from the ClipHistory. See Look up and Reuse Text to learn how to do this.
The clips captured by the ClipHistory are fully editable. You can change the text the clip holds, as well as the label that is displayed in the list of clips. You can change the order of the clips by drag-and-drop, or with the Move Up and Move Down buttons. Use the Duplicate Clips and Move Clips buttons to permanently store clips into an AceText collection.
The search box and buttons at the bottom of the ClipHistory tab page enable you to search through and filter the ClipHistory. Type in a word or phrase, or select one from the drop-down list. Then click the Search Backward or Search Forward button to search for a clip containing the word. Both the label and text of each clip are searched through. If no clip can be found, nothing will happen when you click one of the search buttons.
When you click the Filter button, the list will only show those clips that contain the word or phrase you entered in the search box. If you change the text in the search box, the list of clips is automatically updated to show only those clips containing the new search text. Click the Filter button again to turn off the filter and make the list show all clips again.
The toolbar on the ClipHistory tab page shows the following buttons:
Copy to Clipboard
Paste as New Clip
Create Clip from Text File
Insert and Extract Text