The Spike is similar to the Clipboard in that it’s a temporary storage area for text. The main difference is that you can add more and more text onto the Spike with a keyboard shortcut.

Step 1
Select some text and type Ctrl + F3. The text disappears. It has been impaled on the Spike












Step 2
Move to a second piece of text and repeat the process: select then type Ctrl + F3






Press Ctrl + Shift + F3 to remove the text from the Spike and paste it to the current location.

Step 3
If you want to add even more text to the Spike, then repeat the previous step as many times as you want, working through your document














You can repeat this more times if you want to collect more pieces of text onto the Spike. Each time you press Ctrl + F3, any selected text is removed from the page and added to the Spike. Note, however, that you only press Ctrl + Shift +F3 once. As soon as the text is back on the page it has been removed from the Spike.



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