ARCHIVED: In Microsoft Word, what is the Spike, and how do I use it?
The Spike is an extended clipboard feature of Microsoft Word. It allows you to remove two or more items (such as text or graphics) from nonadjacent locations in a Word document, 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. To add a different set of items to the Spike, you must first empty the Spike's contents.To move items to and from the Spike:
- Select the text or graphic you want to move, and then press
Ctrl-F3(in Windows) or
Command-F3(on a Mac).
- Repeat this step for each additional item you want to move to the
- Click in the document where you want to insert the Spike's
- To insert the Spike's contents and empty the Spike, press
Ctrl-Shift-F3(in Windows) or
Command-Shift-F3(on a Mac).
Last modified on November 06, 2012.