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Mozilla Firefox - Plugins and Extensions

Automatically Store Selected Text in the Clipboard

SUMMARY: The AutoCopy plugin for Mozilla Firefox automatically places selected webpage text into the clipboard without you having to do anything.

Let's face it - most of the time when you select text inside a webpage viewed via Firefox, your next step is to copy it to the clipboard for pasting inside another web page, word processing document, e-mail message, etc.

If you copy a lot of text, why not skip the copy step? Automatically have Firefox place selected text in the clipboard without you having to do anything with the "AutoCopy" plugin.

Select text inside a webpage with Firefox and have it appear in the clipboard automatically.

As there are times you do not want the clipboard to be accidentally overwritten, a status bar icon is added to Firefox that, when clicked, temporarily disables AutoCopy. Right-clicking the icon and choosing "Options" lets you configure settings including blinking this icon whenever AutoCopy runs and configuring an alternate keyboard copying shortcut.

* AutoCopy plugin for Firefox

This tip was written regarding Firefox v11.0 and the AutoCopy add-on v1.0.1 running on a Windows 7 box. Features, instructions, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.

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