Copying and pasting steps between documents
Each open document has its own history of steps. You can copy steps from one document and paste them into another.
Closing a document clears its history. If you know you will want to use steps from a document after that document is closed, copy the steps with Copy Steps (or save them as a command; see Creating new commands from history steps) before you close the document.
To reuse steps from one document in another document:
- Start from the document containing the steps you want to reuse.
- Select the steps in the History panel.
- Click the History panels Copy Steps button to copy those steps.
Copy Steps (a button in the History panel) is different from Copy (in the Edit menu). You cant use Edit > Copy to copy steps, though you do use Edit > Paste to paste them.
Be careful when copying steps that include a Copy or a Paste command:
- Dont use Copy Steps if one of the steps is a Copy command; you may not be able to paste such steps the way you want.
- If your steps include a Paste command, you cant paste those steps, unless the steps also include a Copy command before the Paste command.
- Open the other document.
- Place the insertion point where you want it, or select an object to apply the steps to.
- Select Edit > Paste to paste the steps.
The steps are played back as theyre pasted into the documents History panel. The History panel shows them as only one step, called Paste Steps.