Quick Text Transfers

If you're like me, you sometimes want to cut and paste text from your PC to your Windows Mobile device or vice versa. For example, I found a nice RSS feed, but the URL (the text you type into the "web site name" box was incredibly long. The chances of my copying it from my PC screen to the RSS reader on my Pocket PC without errors was close to nil. So what to do???

Here's my little trick:

  1. I copied the text to the PC's clipboard (using CTRL-C).
  2. Next I created an appointment for today with the Subject "Copy"
  3. Then I pasted the text from the clipboard to the note field for the appointment (using CTRL-V)
  4. Once I saved the appointment, ActiveSync copied it to the Pocket PC.
    I opened the note on the Pocket PC and selected "Select All" from the edit menu.
  5. I then went to the RSS reader program and pasted the text into the URL field.
  6. Finally, I deleted the appointment.

It might look like a lot of steps, but it's very fast and should work for almost any application on the Pocket PC.

Of course, you can always go the other way to move text to the PC by creating the appointment on the Pocket PC instead.

If you have an idea for a faster method, please let me know by posting a comment below.

Thank you for your comments Sarah.

Although I was looking for a way to copy general text as opposed to URLs specifically, it's useful to remind users of the "Create Mobile Favorite" feature.

Cheers,
David

Thanks for the bug report; I'll test and try to fix it.

There’re also some other to make this much easier:

Free apps:

Remote Keyboard http://www.trancreative.com/rkb.aspx by TranCreative

PocketPaste v0.27 http://www.pocketpcfreewares.com/en/index.php?soft=1017

Commercial app:

Desktop Rover ttp://www.neslosoftware.com/default.aspx?pageid=2

I’ve started to write a roundup of all these apps some time ago but haven’t, as yet, had the time to finish and publish it. What is ready, however, is my roundup of remote controller apps at http://www.smartphonemag.com/blogs/index.php?blog=3&p=514&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 (along with the link in it to the previous article) – here, I’ve also scrutinized clipboard transfer capabilities.

Silver: Well actually, for a simple URL you are right that it would be quicker to type it. However, what got me started was wanting to transfer an RSS feed from my desktop to the newsreader on my Pocket PC. Those URLs tend to be very long and easy to mistype.

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