posting protocol


January 28, 2003, 12:12 AM
Sometimes whilst creating/editiing/recreating a thread or reply the cursor overwrites the following text. What I mean is: if I read my text before submitting and want to edit something in the middle of a sentence, sometimes the cursor will delete the text as I type the new stuff. This doesnt always happen and I cant figure out what causes it. It is quite annoying.:banghead: :cuss:

I have tried to copy/cut/paste but that wont fix it either. sometimes I am able to just run two words together instead of retyping several sentences.

Does anyone else have this problem. Do you know what casues it or how to remedy it?

Also, whats the deal with not being able to put smilies in the middle of a post? They always want to go to the end of the post. If I dont put a smilie in the middle of my post while I am creating it, I cannot go back and put one in there. It defaults to the bottom.
:cuss: :banghead:

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January 28, 2003, 12:19 AM
You just need some practice editing documents, which you can do in NotePad or any other application.

Anything that's highlighted (reverse text) will be deleted when you start typing there.

To put a smilie in text you've already typed, cut and paste it where you want it.

There's no magic. You just need to do it enough to catch on to what's happening.

January 28, 2003, 12:26 AM
press your [Insert] button and see what happens...

January 28, 2003, 12:30 AM
It's your "insert" button, probably located deviously next to the often-used "delete" button. ;)

I used to think it was a software bug on TFL, too.

Mal H
January 28, 2003, 12:53 AM
The insert "bug" strikes again! It's a lot harder to notice than the cAPS LOCK BUG.

Everybody hang on, we're taking this thread over to the Tech Forum at light speed ...

January 28, 2003, 01:24 AM
Hmmm, insert key, eh? And I thought i just needed more practice editing documents in note pad to do it enough to catch on to what's happening. :rolleyes: :neener:
Thanks guys!

January 28, 2003, 04:37 AM
"Cut and Paste"???????

Just one of the great voids in my computer literacy.:uhoh:

No respone requested; I'll get to it, eventually........

Mal H
January 28, 2003, 10:37 AM
Come on citizen, you should know us better than that. We can't leave you hanging with that look of confusion on your face about one of the best features of the computing world. Here's a brief tutorial on cut-copy-paste:

All of the following assumes a Microsoft oriented system. If you have something else, the key strokes may be different and can be found using Help for your system.

To highlight text for cutting or copying, place the cursor (the cursor should look like an I-beam if it is in a text area) at the beginning of the text and holding down the left mouse button, swipe the cursor over the text and release the button. That should highlight the text. You highlight multiple lines by moving the cursor down (or up) and over. You can release the highlighted text if necessary by tapping the left mouse button. You can do all of the same things with the keyboard, but I won't go into that.

To cut the text: hold down the Ctrl key and tap the X key. The text should disappear. It is now in the "clipboard".

Copying text is similar to cutting but it leaves the text where it is and places a copy of it in the clipboard. To copy, hold down the Ctrl key and tap the C key.

To paste the cut or copied text: place the cursor where you want the text to go (again the cursor should be the I-beam cursor) and holding down the Ctrl key tap the V key.

The text you cut or copied will remain in the clipboard until you replace with another cut or copy. You can even take it from one application to another. For example, you can compose a long post in Word and copy it to the Post window here.

Simple, after a little practice. You can also do cut-copy-paste with the Edit menu of most applications, but the keystroke method is much easier.

January 28, 2003, 01:12 PM
Clicking the right-hand mouse button gives you similar editing options, and is even easier than all that old-fashioned keyboard stuff. :)

Mal H
January 28, 2003, 03:11 PM
Not necessarily. I'll bet I can cut a section of text faster with the keys than you can using the pop-up menu. Besides, for some reason, the cut and/or copy option doesn't always come up on the pop-up. The programmer knows more about what we want to do than we do - yeah right. Additionally, the right button pop-up edit functions aren't available in all applications, the keys are.

Mike Irwin
January 28, 2003, 05:05 PM
"I'll bet I can cut a section of text faster with the keys..."

I'll take that bet...

Mal H
January 28, 2003, 05:14 PM
You're on - now how do we do it? ;)

Mike Irwin
January 29, 2003, 12:18 AM
I already won.

While you were trying to figure out how to set up the test, I aced it.

You're getting old and slow, Mr. Mal... :)

See you Friday!

Mal H
January 29, 2003, 12:26 AM
You're not getting off that easy! A bet is a bet. (What did we bet anyway?)

January 29, 2003, 02:47 AM
My sister would say something using the words "old stick-in-the-mud"...but I'll just say my left hand is quite busy holding my beer while my right-clicking hand works it's magic.[/gulp]


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