Use the Spike to move text and graphics from nonadjacent locations

To use the Spike (Spike: A special AutoText entry that stores multiple deletions. Microsoft Word appends one item to another until you paste the contents as a group in a new location in your document. You can also use the Microsoft Office Clipboard to get the same result.), you remove two or more items from nonadjacent locations, append each item to the Spike's contents, and then insert the items as a group in a new location or document. The items remain in the Spike, so you can insert them repeatedly. If you want to add a different set of items to the Spike, you must first empty the Spike's contents.

  1. To move an item to the Spike, select the text or graphic you want, and then press CTRL+F3.

You can repeat this step for each additional item you want to move to the Spike.

  1. Click in the document where you want to insert the Spike's contents.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To insert the Spike's contents and empty the Spike, press CTRL+SHIFT+F3.
    • To insert the Spike's contents without emptying the Spike, point to AutoText on the Insert menu, and then click AutoText. In the Enter AutoText entries here box, click Spike, and then click Insert.


To view the Spike's contents, point to AutoText on the Insert menu, click AutoText, and then click Spike in the list of AutoText (AutoText: A storage location for text or graphics you want to use again, such as a standard contract clause or a long distribution list. Each selection of text or graphics is recorded as an AutoText entry and is assigned a unique name.) names. Microsoft Word displays all or a portion of the Spike's contents in the Preview box.

Applies to:
Word 2003