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Pain-Free Spiking

Monday, November 22nd, 2004 by | Filed Under: MS Word

Pain-Free Spiking

Now that you have some idea of what an MS Word spike is let’s get to the part of how to use one.

  • The first thing is to highlight the text to be moved.
  • Then hit Ctrl + F3
    (At this point the text should be gone from the document.)
  • Now you need to continue highlighting all text to be moved and hitting Ctrl + F3.
  • Each time you repeat this process, the new text is added to the end of your spike.
  • When you’ve got everything on the spike, go to the new location for the text. (This can be in another document.)
  • Now hit Ctrl + Shift + F3.


Your text—all of it—should appear in the new location.

When you paste the spike contents it is emptied so you’re immediately ready to repeat the process.

At this point a logical question does come to mind: what if you do NOT want the spike contents emptied?

Maybe you have created something that you want repeated in several different locations.

The way I see it, you have a couple of different choices.

The official way is to not use Ctrl + Shift + F3. Instead go to the Insert menu, AutoText submenu, AutoText choice.

On the AutoText tab you’re looking for the Enter AutoText entries here box.


Scroll through the list—you’re looking to select the spike choice on the list. (Notice the preview available in the preview box below the list?)

Click Insert.

Instantly you’ll be returned to your document where you should see your spike text inserted.

And… as an added bonus, your spike is still intact and you’re free to either repeat the process or use Ctrl + Shift + F3.

However, if I needed to use the spike text repeatedly, I’d use the spike to create the text combination.

Then I’d use Ctrl + Shift + F3 to insert the text.

Finally, I would copy and repeatedly paste the text into my document(s).

Whatever your choice, the MS Word spike is a handy little tool for bringing all your text together—no insurance claim forms ever!

~ April

P.S. I also found that Word would give me a preview of my spike when I typed the word spike in my document.


(The contents are displayed in the little bubble above the word.)

The contents were displayed as soon as I typed the “k” in spike.

Also, if at that point, I hit the Enter key the spike was inserted into the document—replacing the spike

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