I received an urgent voice mail message from my friend Eric Mack last night. Apparently his daughters had been working for hours on a script in OneNote and cut the text to paste it into Word. Then it vanished. Ctrl+Z (Undo) didn't work. The Clipboard Manager (a badly behaved piece of Office's "Common Tools" was empty. Restrained panic was the end result.
What was particularly mortifying was that the girls had been diligently pressing Ctrl+S regularly during their marathon session as all daughters (and sons) raised well by their parents understand they should do.
The only problem is, there is no Save command in OneNote. It saves automatically. This has always worked pretty well for me and I have OneNote set to use its built-in backup feature as well so I'm generally feeling pretty confident about capturing notes in that application.
What I do not have confidence in is the Windows Clipboard, especially when using Office applications. I've experienced clipboard emergencies too many times to feel at all secure about trusting the one-clip-at-a-time, flush-the-contents-on-exit behavior of Office applications. So I offer the following advice to anyone who copies, cuts, and pastes a lot.