How do you save several different scripts that you find yourself typing all the time?

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I cannot remember how you do this but I know from word processing days that it is possible to save several different things you find yourself typing over and over again.  I know the simple control C for copy and control V for paste but I want to save several different sources so I can hit a couple keys and paste them in without having to retype the script or find a version to copy and then paste it.  Please help me remember how you do that.
in WikiTree Help by Gurney Thompson G2G6 Pilot (162k points)
I thought we used to call them macros. I think they are no longer possible, although I downloaded a document related to this, but have failed to read it yet. Doh! I use an excel document with lots of sources I use over and over again, like census records. Then I just pop in the date accessed and details like the location.

The same could be done with a text document. That way you can copy/paste.

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I used to use Clipboard Manager or one of the similar programs and gave it up for what I feel is faster and more intuitive.  I use the Chrome plugin Auto Text Expander 2.  This program works like the shortcut keys on an iPhone.

I put in a shortcut and a recall value and any time I type theshortcut, the value is auto-inserted. For example, any time I type "260," it is immediately and automatically replaced with [[Baty-260|SJ Baty]].

The typing of the shortcut is time sensitive so if I ever need to type 260, I just type "26," wait one second and then type "0" to complete the number.

Some of my commonly used shortcuts:

"bbb" is replaced with:

== Biography ==

== Sources ==
<references />

and "PENN" (all caps) produces: 

William Penn and Early Pennsylvania Settlers Project

This program is very useful for Data Doctoring and "Thons"  (Clean-a-Thon).

hope it is useful to some

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1m points)
selected by Gurney Thompson
Thank you for this idea, SJ.  I used to use ClipBoard Manager but found the clicks on there were too irritating.  I'm going to search for a Firefox version of this plugin.
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If you do a web search for Clipboard Manager you will find many options - some free, some not.  Pick one you like based on your operating system and your work habits.
by Jim Angelo G2G6 Mach 4 (40.6k points)
I use Ditto.  Don't know where I would be without it.
Never heard of a clipboard manager before! I'll have to look into that! Thank you guys!
I use Ditto as well. I can't work on WikiTree without it

See SJ's earlier post which included discussion about some clipboard managers.

I use Phase Express and like it very much.

Clipboard History Pro is a great extension for Chrome.  Ales posted something different that he uses.

Clipboard History Pro is a Huge time saver, when you are doing some redundant work, like the Thons, but I keep my Comment that I post on the Suggestion Status page in my Fav tab also,  Easy to click on one (works like a highlight and copy) and then just paste it where you want it.

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