Copy Content

An easy way to reuse your content is to copy it and then insert it wherever you need. But when using Copy, you need to be aware of how it works, as it is not the same as copying in a word processing program.

In Paligo, when you create text, such as a paragraph, you add the text and a block element. When you save the content, Paligo gives the block element a unique ID. In the underlying code, it looks like this:

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Para is the type of element and xinfo:text="56945" is a unique ID in the database.

When you copy content, you need to consider whether you want to copy or reuse:

  • If you copy a piece of text inside an element, you can insert that text into any other text element. The text is copied as plain text, so does not include or reuse the original element.

  • If you copy a block element, you can insert it as a new element or as a reused element. Copying an entire element is always done with the special Paligo commands for this, not by selecting text. See the following sections for how to do this.

    A new element will have the same text as the original, but it is separate and has a different ID. If you make changes to the text, the changes will not affect the original.

    A reused element is a duplicate of the original element. It has the same text and the same ID. If you make changes to the text, the changes will also apply to the original (and any other reused versions of the original).

Note

You cannot copy multiple elements in a single action.

To find out how to copy content, watch the video or read the following sections:

If you want to copy parts of the text inside an element, such as words in a paragraph, select the words and use a keyboard shortcut to copy and paste.

  • On Windows, use Ctrl and C to copy and Ctrl and V to insert.

  • On Mac, use Command ⌘ and C and Command ⌘ and V.

When you copy text, there is no reuse. Reuse only applies when you copy an entire element.

To copy an element and insert it as a reused version of original:

  1. Click anywhere in the block element that you want to copy.

  2. In the Element Structure Menu, select the block element that you want to copy. From the menu options, select Copy.

  3. In your topic, select a valid position to insert the copied content. The cursor position is important and Paligo will advise you if the position is invalid. Typically, if you have an invalid position, you need to move the cursor up or down one position so that it is outside of another block element.

  4. In the Element Structure Menu, click on the rightmost element that is shown and then select Insert as reuse. The copy is inserted as a reused version of the original.

    If you make changes to the copy, they will also apply to the original. Similarly, if you make changes to the copy, they will also be made to the original.

Note

Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts for copying.

To copy an element and insert the copy as a new element with its own ID:

  1. Click anywhere in the block element that you want to copy.

  2. In the Element Structure Menu, select the block element that you want to copy. From the menu options, select Copy.

  3. In your topic, select a valid position to insert the copied content. The cursor position is important and Paligo will advise you if the position is invalid. Typically, if you have an invalid position, you need to move the cursor up or down one position so that it is outside of another block element.

  4. In the Element Structure Menu, click on the rightmost element that is shown and then select:

    • Paste before to add the copy before the selected element.

    • Paste after to add the copy after the selected element.

    • Insert to add the copy at the selected position.

    The copy is a new version of the original content and when you save, will have its own unique ID. It is not a reused version of the original content.

Note

Alternatively, you can use keyboard shortcuts for copying.

You can use the following keyboard shortcuts for copying and inserting content:

Command

Description

Windows

Mac

Copy (element)

Copies the selected element.

Alt C

Option ⌥ C

Copy (text)

Copies the highlighted text, not the entire element.

Ctrl C

Command ⌘ C

Cut (element)

Removes the selected element and copies it to the clipboard.

Alt X

Option ⌥ X

Cut (text)

Removes the highlighted text, not the entire element, and copies it to the clipboard.

Ctrl X

Command ⌘ X

Insert

Inserts copy as a new element

Alt V

Option ⌥ V

Insert as reuse

Inserts copy as a reused element

Alt Shift V

Option ⌥ Shift ⇧ V