FrameMaker Tips & Tricks 1: Copy Unformatted Text from the Clipboard

It’s no news: Working with the structured version of FrameMaker has not freed us from dealing with content from unstructured templates.

In theory, we could import that content into FrameMaker automatically. In practice, that does not always work. Then we need to copy and paste – tedious work, which makes us authors unhappy and cranky. But we have no choice. We need to get that stuff into FrameMaker, one way or the other.

And it gets worse. Sometimes, when copying content, we get the format of the source file with it. To get rid of that unwanted formatting, we can use the Paste Special command. But there is a simpler way.

We modify the settings that determine the order in which clipboard content is inserted into FrameMaker:

1. Locate the file maker.ini in your FrameMaker application directory and open it in a text editor.

2. Locate ClipboardFormatsPriorities in the section [preferences]. The line should look like this: 

ClipboardFormatsPriorities=FILE, MIFW, MIF, RTF, OLE 2, META, EMF, DIB, BMP, UNICODETEXT, TEXT.

3. To make FrameMaker insert unformatted text first, move UNICODE TEXT in front of RTF. Now the line should look like this:

ClipboardFormatsPriorities=FILE, MIFW, MIF, UNICODE TEXT, RTF, OLE 2, META, EMF, DIB, BMP, TEXT.

This small but important modification often gets forgotten when installing or reinstalling FrameMaker. Thanks to cap studio for reminding me.

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