To access the options, go to Tools > Add-ons in
Firefox, locate Easy Copy and click Options.
There are various options you can set to make Easy Copy work the way you
want to. The Options dialog is split into a Templates
pane and a Formatting pane.
Also have a look at some more ideas for templates you can add. There's a lot of cool stuff you can do.
Note on Mac/Linux: On these platforms, options are
normally applied immediately when you change them and there are no Ok/Cancel buttons. However, template changes aren't
instantly applied. You have to close the options dialog for
template changes to be saved. On Windows, the dialog will show Ok/Cancel buttons and options are only applied if
you press Ok.
The Templates pane allows you to configure just about anything related
to a template. You can set properties and perform actions like
reordering templates, creating new ones and deleting unwanted ones.
Selecting a template in the list shows more details about the template
in the Template Details fields below the list. You can also edit the
template from here (you can't edit anything in the list directly - you
have to use the Template Details below).
The order of the menus in the Options dialog determine the order they
appear in menus. Note: If you're using Menu
Editor then reordering might not work and you may have to
configure the order manually in Menu Editor itself.
Here are the properties you can set for a template:
||The name of the template that will appear
||The template to use when copying text
to the clipboard. See the list of variables you can use.
||Whether this template is enabled or
disabled. Only enabled templates will appear in menus and have keys
registered with Keyconfig. Disabled templates will still appear in the
Options dialog. If you want to permanently delete a template, see the Delete
|Show In Main Menu
||Whether this template
appears in Firefox's main context menu in addition to the Easy Copy
submenu. This makes it faster to access the menu item, especially if
it's a template you use frequently.
||Tells Easy Copy what format to copy the
template as. The relevant icon below will appear next to the template in
: Easy Copy will only copy the template to the
clipboard as text. Most application should understand text.
: Similar to text
, but in
addition, Easy Copy will make the template availabe as HTML to other
applications. Pasting this in applications that recognise HTML (eg.
Word, Evernote) will paste it as HTML-formatted text so, for example, links will be clickable.
Choose this option if your template contains HTML syntax (eg. see the Title
|Format for HTML
||Tells Easy Copy that the template needs to produce HTML so any user text
such as selections and titles should be HTML encoded (ie. <, >
and & will be replaced by <, &rt; and &
respectively). Normally used together with the template Type html.
There are also some actions you can perform on the templates:
||Creates a new template and assigns default
values to it.
|Duplicate||Creates a new template based on the currently selected template, with a title indicating that it's a copy of the currently selected template.|
|Move Up / Move Down
|| Moves the selected
template up/down in the order. The order of the templates determine the
order in which they will appear on the context menu and the Easy Copy
NB: If you're using the Menu Editor
extension then this feature will probably not work for templates in
Firefox's main context menu (see the Show In Main Menu option).
You'll have to go into Menu Editor and manually reorder the templates.
It will still work with Menu Editor for templates in the Easy Copy
||Deletes a template permanently. The
template will disappear from the Options altogether and won't appear in
any Easy Copy menu. If you just want to disable a template without
deleting it, then see the Enabled property above.
Easy Copy allows you to copy any template easily with the keyboard. The
following keys are preconfigured:
|Copy Title Link
link into an email doesn't require a mouse anymore.
||Yes, you can
copy the page's URL directly with a single key.
However, you don't manage keyboard shortcuts directly from Easy
There are 2 big reasons for this, the first being that it takes time and
effort away from providing the essential features of Easy Copy, ie.
cool ways to quickly copy useful stuff to the clipboard.
The second reason is that the excellent extension Keyconfig already
exists to manage keyboard shortcuts. It's well-documented on MozillaZine's Knowledge Base and you can download
it at the extension's support forum.
Easy Copy integrates with Keyconfig by exposing all templates and menu
items as keys. In the Keyconfig interface, you'll see entries starting
with Copy ABC (Easy Copy). The titles will correspond to the
template names to identify them easily, eg. Copy HTML Source (Easy
Copy). Here's an example of what you may see in Keyconfig (remember
that you'll only see entries for templates that are enabled - see the Enabled
From the Formatting pane, you can configure how Easy Copy formats text
before it copies it to the clipboard.
|When copying text version of HTML, copy displayed text instead of HTML markup||If this option is disabled (default), then the HTML markup is copied as
the text version for HTML templates. If it's enabled, then the actual displayed text is copied as the text version.|
Background: When you copy an HTML template, Easy Copy copies 2 versions of it: One for pasting into HTML-aware editors (like Word or Evernote) and another for text editors such as TextPad and Notepad. Normally, the text version is the actual HTML markup, eg. <a href="my/link">Some Link</a>. However, you might prefer to have the actual text ("Some Link") and paste that in the text editor.
|Remove the following text from the front or back of
||When disabled, Easy Copy will leave the title
untouched and copy it as it appears in the browser's tab. When enabled,
it will remove the text specified in Text to remove
|Text to remove
||Specifies pieces of text that
you want to remove from the beginning or end of the page's title. For
example, Leonardo da Vinci's title full title in Firefox is Leonardo
da Vinci - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (the title in the tab).
To remove "- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" from the end of the
title, just add it as a separate line to Easy Copy. Be sure to include
any separator characters like - and :.
Easy Copy comes configured
with defaults for a couple of popular sites, including Wikipedia, BBC News
Addons. You can add/remove as many entries as you like.
Copy All Tabs (since v2.0.0)
The Copy All Tabs pane allows you to specify how Easy Copy should copy
templates across multiple tabs. Easy Copy runs over each tab and makes
its values available in the variable %template%. You can use this
variable to customise the output, according to the options below.
|Include the following windows
Windows: Copy all tabs in all open windows
Active Window Only: Only copy tabs in the current active window.
|Use the following format (text templates)
Easy Copy what to add to the copied template when copying content in
text format. For example, if you want to add an asterisk at the
beginning of each line, then enter "* %template%". Easy Copy will
generate multiple lines for each tab with each one prefixed with an
|Use the following format (HTML templates)
Easy Copy what to add to the copied template when copying content in
HTML format. For example, if you want to eventually wrap each line in an
unordered list tag (<ul>) then just enter
|Split multiple lines using
||Specify what to use
to break multiple HTML lines across new lines. The default is
<br> but you can choose any other HTML markup (eg. <p>).
Display (since v2.0.0)
The Display pane allows you to choose which menus you see in the main context menu so you hide a menu if you don't use it.
|Show the following submenus in the context menu
Show the Easy Copy submenu that shows all the available templates.
Disable this if you only use templates that are shown in the main
context menu and don't use the submenu.
Copy All Tabs:
Show the Copy All Tabs submenu that allows you to copy all open tabs
using the available templates. Disable this if you don't intend to use
the Copy All Tabs feature.
|Show the following items in submenus||Options: Show a shortcut to the Easy Copy Options dialog to give you faster access to templates and other settings. Disable this if you rarely change options.|
Contribute: Show a contribute item that opens the Easy Copy contribution page at Mozilla Addons. Disable this if you've already contributed to Easy Copy or prefer not to have this option display in the menu.