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Figure A.17.
All the formatting is
carried over and the
size of all the elements
is now equal.
Copy and Paste: Building Prototype Screens
The effective use of Excel's copy-and-paste functionality is crucial to the success of
rapid prototyping. Though copy and paste might seem to be one of the simplest
features to use because it is so familiar and is virtually ubiquitous, its simplicity is
what makes it so powerful. Remember that behind the canvas worksheet is a grid
of table cells. Pasting into those cells enables pasting with pinpoint accuracy.
These two factors, simplicity and accuracy, directly affect the way you use the template
for prototyping. First, you are making all your template worksheets and prototype
screens from the same canvas template worksheet. All these worksheets have the same
grid dimensions and predefined attributes. The widgets, buttons, and other features
you create are all made up of differently styled table cells on the same background grid.
So, anything that you copy from one worksheet can easily be pasted into another. All
the relationships between the various widgets and worksheets will be the same so they
can easily be copied and pasted from worksheet to worksheet. When using copy and
paste, you can choose the exact sized widget or tab configuration that you need, and
copy it from that template worksheet into the prototype design you are working on.
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