[OS X TeX] accidental text clips in TeXShop source files
bkerstetter at mac.com
Fri Jun 23 23:45:56 CEST 2006
On Jun 22, 2006, at 5:51 PM, Jim Delany wrote:
> Hi all
> I'm a newbie on this list, a regular user of TeXShop and LaTeX, but
> definitely not a power user. My problem is pretty mundane.
> I have some difficulty using a mouse due to a genetic problem known
> as essential tremor. Sudden hand twitches are fairly frequent. When
> editing a source file in TeXShop this sometimes creates a text
> clipping, piece of text in limbo which is likely to end up
> anywhere. My work-around is to drop the clipping on the desktop out
> of harm's way.
> This only seems to happen in TeXShop, so I suspect it is a feature
> of that program, but maybe it is part of OS X.
> Can anybody tell me how to turn this feature off? I've checked the
> Help files, as well as these archives, but I may have overlooked
> the answer
I don't know how to turn off the feature, but here is an AppleScript
to clean up the clippings.
Someone on this list wrote this some time ago for cleaning up the
auxiliary files created by TeX, LaTeX, etc. and I just adapted it for
If you run it from your home root it will clean up all of your
directories and subdirectories.
Just drop it into your Scripts folder. You have to select the folder
after starting the script.
This assumes you are using the scripts menu.
(* the on-run handler is activated when the icon of the script is
set my_folder to (choose folder with prompt "Please choose a
folder") as alias
(* the on-open handler is activated when a folder is dropped onto the
script icon *)
on open (drop_folder)
set my_folder to drop_folder as alias
(* this handler does the actual job *)
tell application "Finder"
(* delete the textClippings *)
delete (every file of my_folder whose name ends with ".textClipping")
set myFolderList to (every folder of my_folder)
repeat with myFolder in myFolderList
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