3.4 Performing editing functions

3.4.2 Using the clipboard

You can use the clipboard to transfer data between tools, or even between the environment and other applications that you are running. There are three commands available, as follows:

Choose Edit > Copy to put the selection or "primary object" onto the clipboard.

Choose Edit > Cut to put the selection or "primary object" onto the clipboard and remove it from the tool it was copied from.

Choose Edit > Paste to put the contents of the clipboard into the current tool.

Unlike the clipboard in many other applications, the Common LispWorks clipboard can contain the Common Lisp object itself. This makes the Common LispWorks clipboard an exceptionally powerful tool, allowing you to pass objects between different tools in the environment so that they can be examined in different ways.

Use of Copy or Cut followed by Paste lets you transfer items between tools, or to different parts of the same tool. There are several ways to use these commands:

Note: You can also transfer data within the environment using the standard actions commands described in Section 3.8 on page 43.

UNIX Implementation Note: The environment also interacts with the standard UNIX clipboard, so that data can be transferred to or from applications other than Lisp. To do this, the UNIX and Common LispWorks clipboards are kept in synchronization all the time, as follows:

Common LispWorks User Guide, Liquid Common Lisp Version 5.0 - 18 OCT 1996

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