Pasting Formats


A pasting format is the information you would like entered into your program via a hot key, copied to the clipboard or sent to the printer. When creating or deleting pasting formats, the Modify Format window is used. A list of available formats is displayed in the Current Formats section.

 

 

ZIP Express Window > Options > Pasting Formats

 

Current Formats

All currently defined ZIP Code formats are listed in this list box. By default, ZIP Express comes with several predefined formats. You may freely add or delete from this list. To Delete a format, highlight it from the Current Formats list and click on the Delete icon or press the Delete button.

 

Enter New Format

This edit box contains the new format that you are creating. You can type in the format you desire or you can use the ZIP Code or other data keys, special keyboard keys and enter text directly to create your format. If you plan to type in the format, please note that entering the data and keyboard keys requires a specific format. This is described below.

 

Note: Any special function keys in the format that would normally apply to the keystroke entry of information into an application will be ignored when sent to either the clipboard or the printer. These include such keys as Backtab, Left Arrow, Delete, etc. The Return key and the Tab key will both be passed on to the clipboard and printer.
 

Data

There are seven items in the Data column that can be used to place information about the ZIP Code into a format string. These are listed below with an explanation and example using the following ZIP Code information:

Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Allegheny County Area Code 412 Time Zone EST.

 

Area Code

This is the telephone area code and will appear in the format string as [AREA CODE]

Example: 412

 

City

This is the city and will appear in the format string as [CITY]

Example: Pittsburgh

 

County

This is the county and will appear in the format string as [COUNTY]

Example: Allegheny

 

Long State

This is the state spelled out and will appear in the format string as [LONG STATE]

Example: Pennsylvania

 

State

This is the two character state abbreviation and will appear in the format string as [STATE]

Example: PA

 

ZIP Code

This is the ZIP Code and will appear in the format string as [ZIP]

Example: 15237

 

Time Zone

This is the time zone and will appear in the format string as [TIME ZONE]

Example: EST

 

Click on the data item and it will be inserted into the Enter New Format edit box. Or the information for each item may be typed in manually into the edit box.

 

Special Keys

There are eleven Key options that can be used to place information about the ZIP Code into the format string. Most of these are keys that you cannot normally type without the program or Windows taking control. These are listed below with an explanation.

 

Backspace

This places <BACKSPACE> into the format string. This is useful for moving the cursor back and erasing a character when pasting the format directly into your other programs. You may wish to do this to erase an existing ZIP Code as you will likely be repasting the ZIP Code back in. This key is ignored if it is sent to the clipboard or printer.

 

Backtab

This inserts <BACKTAB> into the format string. This is useful for backing up to previous fields when entering the format directly into another program. This key is ignored if it is sent to the clipboard or printer.

 

Delete

This places <DEL CHAR> into the format string. This is useful for erasing a character when pasting the format directly into another  program. You may wish to do this to erase an existing ZIP Code as you will likely be repasting the ZIP Code back in. This key is ignored if it is sent to the clipboard or printer.

 

Down Arrow

This places <DOWN ARROW> into the format string. This is useful for moving the cursor around when pasting information directly into another program. This key is ignored if it is sent to the clipboard or printer.

 

End

This inserts <END> into the format string. This is useful for moving the cursor to the end of a line or text string. This key is ignored if it is sent to the clipboard or printer.

 

Enter

This inserts <CR> (carriage return) into the format string. This is useful for separating ZIP Code information onto separate lines.

 

Home

This places <HOME> into the format string. This is useful for moving the cursor to the beginning of a line or text string. This key is ignored if it is sent to the clipboard or printer.

 

Left Arrow

This places <LEFT ARROW> into the format string. This is useful for moving the cursor around when pasting information directly into another program. This key is ignored if it is sent to the clipboard or printer.

 

Right Arrow

This places <RIGHT ARROW> into the format string. This is useful for moving the cursor around when pasting information directly into another program. This key is ignored if it is sent to the clipboard or printer.

 

Tab

This inserts <TAB> into the format string. This is useful for tabbing to new fields when pasting the format directly into another program or for lining up information when sending the format to the clipboard or printer.

 

Up Arrow

This inserts <UP ARROW> into the format string. This is useful for moving the cursor around when pasting information directly into another program. This key is ignored if it is sent to the clipboard or printer.

 

Note: In addition to these keys you may manually enter text, spaces, etc. directly into the Enter New Format edit box.