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So there I was, thinking wouldn't it be cool if CityDesk allowed you to copy and paste articles...and it does. D'oh! Funny how you can use something for a long time and miss the obvious.

John Topley (
Friday, May 28, 2004

Use "Copy" and "Paste" from the "Edit" menu, and it works...

Kai Jäger
Saturday, May 29, 2004

Actually, there is a minor problem with this function (could be a feature, but for me it is a problem): Copied articles retain the Filed Date of the originals.

So if you have a sort by date loop the newly cloned articles will appear next to the originals instead of at the top/bottom.

Naturally, you can "touch" the Filed Date by hand. Still, to me it is a bit of a nuisance.

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

I do this all the time with Ctrl-C, Crtl-V.

You'll laugh at this but I started publishing some correspondence articles in a friend's site.  I thought there might be ten articles or so but now there are more than 200. Plus, I use an odd format for those articles. If I'd known in advance, I would have done it differently, but ...

I now have a huge folder. The newest articles go at the bottom. Scrolling to the bottom to create a new article is terrible. so: I made an unpublished article named "ZZZ Unpublished." It has a template for the article (including a batch of keywords) and because of the file name, it is always last in the folder.

When I'm ready to add a new article, I type "z" which takes me to my ZZZ article at the bottom of the folder. I Ctrl-C, Up-arrow, Ctrl-V. Then I open the article, change the headline, change the filename, remove the "never publish after" checkmark, change the publish date, add the content of the article, and finally remove the keywords I don't need.

I'm sure that sounds awful, but I've learned to do it in a hurry.

Monday, June 7, 2004

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