Cut, Copy & Paste

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Cut, Copy and Paste in CodedColor follows the rules of the Windows operating system. In order to facilitate the work with linkfiles, an important concept in Catalogs, there are a few additions and a few important things to remember:


The default Copy (CTRL+C) and Paste (CTRL+V) actions differ from Windows, if the Paste target is a Catalog or Print Order folder. In this case, CodedColor will create links to the original files. You can always force a desired behavior, by selecting the appropriate CodedColor action through the Edit > Copy & Move (see A below) and Edit > Paste (see B below) menu entries.


A. Copy


A.1 Copy Files


Copies the selected files to the clipboard.

Note: If you are changing the Custom Sortorder of your image files, then select another file in the same folder and call Copy & Move > Insert Before after this.


A.2 Copy Original Files


Always copies original files of the selected files to the clipboard. It differs from the Copy Files above, if some of your selected files are linkfiles. In this case, the original files are copied to the clipboard, not the linkfiles. This is useful, if you want to copy & paste the original images of a Catalog to some other location.


A.3 Copy Image


Copies the bitmap of the last selected image to the clipboard. You can then paste it into any application that can handle bitmaps, like Paintshop Pro or Winword, or open a new Image Editor within CodedColor by selecting Edit > Paste > Paste into new image.


B. Paste


B.1 Paste Files


Pastes the files from the clipboard into the current folder. Behaves like the Windows Paste, except if the target folder is a Catalog or Print Order. In this case CodedColor will create links to the original files (images).


B.2 Paste Original Files


Pastes the files from the clipboard into the current folder, always using the original files, even if the clipboard contains linkfiles. This is useful, if you did not call Copy Original Files, or copied the files to the clipboard from other applications like the Windows Explorer, and you now want to paste the original files into your CodedColor folder.


B.3 Paste Links to Files


Does not paste the original files from the clipboard, but creates links to all files (images) of the clipboard in the current folder. This is also the default action for Paste Files into Catalogs and Print Order folders.


B.4 Paste into New Image


Opens an Image Editor window within CodedColor with the bitmap from the clipboard.


B.5 Insert Before


If you have enabled Custom Sorting in the current folder, the previously Copied Files are moved before the selected file.



Keyboard Shortcuts


Lines marked red show shortcuts, that behave differently depending on the Explorer viewmode.



Default keys

CodedColor keys

1. Detail & Icon view

2. Image & Thumbs view




Delete files permanently (no bin)

Cut files



Cut files

(also for custom sorting)




Copy files

(also for custom sorting)




Insert files




Copy images to clipboard (then STRG+SHIFT+N)




Delete files to bin

CodedColor Delete Dialog



Insert files before selected file (custom sorting)




Paste images from clipboard to new Editor




Copy files to folder




Move files to folder



icon_tip Important for Custom Sorting


Some dragging or cut & copy operations create links to the original files. Remember, that if the original files are customly sorted, they have prefixes of the form (00003). Changing the sort order later will create broken links, since the links now point to original images with a possibly changed sorting prefix. As a rule of thumb, is therefore not a good idea to create linkfiles to original images having a sorting prefix.


If you drag from a directory, which is customly sorted, to a directory which has no custom sorting, the sorting prefixes of the form (00003) are removed. Likewise, sorting prefixes are automatically added when inserting into a sorted directory.


Renaming in CodedColor usually preserves sound attachments. This is not the case for renaming or file operations in the detailsview / iconview of the Explorer.


icon_tip Related topics


Order quality prints
Drag & Drop
Custom sorting






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