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PEN Quick Start - Copying and Pasting Files and Objects

by Rachelle Howell, Ian Mathew



Copying and Pasting Files and Objects

In PEN you can copy and paste both files and objects (i.e., experiments, trials, repetitions, simulations, hybrid simulations, etc.).

Copying and pasting files

In the PEN tool, you can only copy and paste files that exist locally. If the file is grey (it only exists in the Project Warehouse) it cannot be copied and pasted. The newly created file (the pasted file) will be blue (it exists locally) and it must be uploaded before it can be viewed in the Project Warehouse.

There are two different methods for copying and pasting files in PEN.

The first method is to select the file(s) that you want to copy in the left panel, right click, and select “Copy” from the menu. Then select the target location, right click, and select “Paste” from the menu.

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The second method is to select the file(s) that you want to copy in the left panel, drag them to the target location in the left panel, and drop them.

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Copying and pasting objects

Objects can be copied and pasted using the same methods that are used for files.

  • Select the object in the left panel, right click, select “Copy” from the menu. Then select the target location, right click, and select “Paste” from the menu.
  • Select the object that you want to copy in the left panel, drag it to the parent location (i.e., to copy a trial, you would drag it to the experiment where you want to paste it), and drop it.

There is a difference between copying and pasting an object and duplicating an object. When you duplicate an object, the sub-objects and files belonging to that object are not copied to the new object. When you copy and paste an object, all sub-objects and files are copied to the new object. Again, in order for files to be copied, they have to exist locally (i.e., grey files will not be copied and pasted to the new object). Both duplicating an object and copying and pasting an object will copy the object information (description, start date, end date, etc.) to the new object.

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