Chances are you haven't heard of Word scraps, but you're probably familiar with the technique. A scrap is a small block of content that you highlight and drag to the Desktop, where Windows automatically saves it. Then, you can reuse the scrap as needed. Before dragging content to the Desktop, restore the current window, so you have easy access to the Desktop. Then, simply highlight and drag the content to the Desktop. From the Desktop, drag the scrap into another document or double-click it to open the content in a new Word document. You can also open the scraps in other applications.
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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.