Yet another fantastic revision to the scratch file append trick. This time Ernest dropped some new code in the comments which slightly changed the vbs script so that when you’re presented with the ‘enter text’ box, you can leave it blank and hit enter and whatever text is on your clipboard will get appended to the file. Excellent! Ernest, you rock!
Since the new version doesn’t mess with any of the old features, I’ve just overwritten it. You can still grab the file here. You can see the previous instructions here, or additional instructions over at Lifehacker.
One last little trick with this script. I mentioned you can use it with ActiveWords and that’s how I do it. Lifehacker mentioned using some funky Windows system path editing to accomplish the same result. There is also a freeware utility called AutoHotKey that does something similar to ActiveWords, though without the friendly interface. I’ve made things easy on you. Go download AutoHotKey and install it. Then save this script somewhere on your machine. With AutoHotKey running, double click the script. It’ll add a green ‘H’ icon in your tray. Now, assuming you’ve saved your vbs script in the ‘C:\scratch’ directory (if you’ve got it somewhere else, just right click the green ‘H’ icon and click ‘Edit This Script’ and change the path, then exit and restart the script) you can just hold down the Windows key and hit the / key (right above it) and you’ll immediately invoke the scratch file entry text box. For me, this trick is a two keystroke savings over the ActiveWords method. For Lifehacker, the savings are even better–and it’s still free!