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Old 28th April 2011, 04:05 PM   #1
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Paste clipboard to multiple fields

I am trying to find something -- a browser add-on, most likely -- that would let me do the following:

1. Select a block of text representing a name and address and copy it to the clipboard.

2. Paste it into a form on a web site, properly parsed into the appropriate fields.

More details: When I receive an order from our website, the customer shipping information is presented to me in the order admin tool as a standard block of text:

James Randi
123 FlimFlam Lane
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 12345
888-555-1212

To create my FedEx shipping label, I have to cut and paste each line into a separate field on the FedEx site. Not a huge hassle, but I could save a lot of time each day if there was a way to just select the entire block of text, copy it to the clipboard, and then hit one button to paste into the right fields on fedex.com.

I've found a few add-ons that do a whole bunch of cool things with forms, but so far I can't find any that work with text from the clipboard. Does anyone know of such a thing?
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Old 29th April 2011, 07:51 PM   #2
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If you wanted it on a Word document that would be easy. Use mail merge. Otherwise I cannot help you.
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Old 30th April 2011, 04:42 AM   #3
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This is probably not exactly what you are looking for, but if you are still using the plain vanilla clipboard with only one entry then ArsClip might help.

It lets you save your clipboard entries as a list, with the last fifteen accessible from hotkeys. You can edit clipboard entries, save ones you want to use regularly, many other options.

There's also a form-fill option that might do more like what you're after. I haven't tried that yet.

I put it in my start-up folder. I'd hate to be without it.

It's free. Been around a long time. Last version was last month. Seems to be pretty bug free and polite. Not a resource hog.
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Originally Posted by Dicon View Post
To create my FedEx shipping label, I have to cut and paste each line into a separate field on the FedEx site.
If you have a web shop whose source code is under your control, it would be possible to make a function that submits the package details to FedEx when you just click a button. If your web shop is busy enough to be worth this programming trouble. I donīt know if FedEx keeps any limit how inactive customers have the right to submit orders in this manner, which would be described in their manuals that they give to active partners.
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Old 4th May 2011, 05:19 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by quadraginta View Post
This is probably not exactly what you are looking for, but if you are still using the plain vanilla clipboard with only one entry then ArsClip might help.

Thanks! I dug through the help file and I'm not sure it will do exactly what I need, but once I get back to my main machine I'll install it and give it a whirl.


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If you have a web shop whose source code is under your control, it would be possible to make a function that submits the package details to FedEx when you just click a button. If your web shop is busy enough to be worth this programming trouble. I donīt know if FedEx keeps any limit how inactive customers have the right to submit orders in this manner, which would be described in their manuals that they give to active partners.

Well, I'm the web shop. I'm also the Accounting Department, Fulfillment, Shipping, half of Product Design and I buy the donuts.

Tying into the FedEx API is definitely the logical way to go, but not something I have time for right now. Until that day comes, I'm just hoping to find something to save me some keystrokes.
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Old 4th May 2011, 06:32 PM   #6
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Thanks! I dug through the help file and I'm not sure it will do exactly what I need, but once I get back to my main machine I'll install it and give it a whirl.

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Even if it doesn't, if you've been using a clipboard that only stores one item you're gonna like it for lots of other stuff.
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