Okay, just when I think this can’t go any farther, reader samwyse sends me an AutoHotKey script that appends to a scratch file without using either ActiveWords, or the funky Windows system path thingy. The only requirement to running this is that you’ve got to have AutoHotKey installed (it’s free) on your system. Once that’s done, grab this script and save it somewhere (the C:\scratch directory is a good place). Double click the script to run it (stick it in the startup folder to ensure you never have to remember to double click it again).
Once it’s running, you’ll see an ‘H’ icon in the tray. Now you can use it. Here are the commands in the version that I’m using, but if you open the file in a text editor, you can change them to suit yourself:
Windows key /: opens the text entry box
Windows key j: bypasses the text entry box and dumps whatever is on the clipboard into the scratch file
Windows key k: opens the scratch file in your default text editor