You can copy a numerical result and paste it either elsewhere in your worksheet or into another application. This allows you to copy an array of numbers directly spreadsheet or database into Mathcad where you can take advantage of its free-form interface and its advanced mathematical tools, and vice versa. Once you’ve performed the necessary computations, you can paste the resulting array of numbers back to where it came from or even into another application.

**Copying a single number**

To copy a single number appearing to the right of an equal sign:

• Click on the result to the right of the equal sign. This puts the result between the editing lines.

• Choose Copy from the Edit menu. This places the result on the clipboard.

• Click wherever you want to paste the result. If you’re pasting into another application, choose Paste from that application’s Edit menu. If you’re pasting into a Mathcad worksheet, choose Paste from Mathcad’s Edit menu. The Copy command will copy the numerical result only to the precision displayed. To copy the result in greater precision, double-click on it and increase “Displayed Precisipn” on the Number Format dialog box. Note that Copy will not copy units and dimensions from a numerical result. When you paste a numerical result into a Mathcad worksheet, it appears as:

• a math region consisting of a number if you paste it into empty space,

• a text string if you paste it into a text,

• a number if you paste it into a placeholder in a math region or if you paste it into text using the Math Region command on the Insert menu. Copying an array of numbers To copy an array (vector or matrix) appearing to the right of an equal sign:

• Click on the array to the right of the equal sign. This puts the array between the editing lines.

• Choose Copy from the Edit menu. This places the array on the clipboard.

• Click wherever you want to paste the result. If you’re pasting into another application, choose Paste from that application’s Edit menu. If you’re pasting into a Mathcad worksheet, choose Paste from Mathcad’s Edit menu.When you paste an array into a Mathcad worksheet, it appears as:

• a vector or matrix if you paste it into empty space,

• a text string if you paste it into text,

• a vector or matrix if you paste it into a placeholder in a math region or if you paste it into text using the Math Region command on the Insert menu. The Copy command will copy the numerical result to the precision with which it is displayed. You can view the current display settings by double-clicking on the result you want to copy and examining the dialog box. See Chapter 6, “Equation and Result

Formatting,” to learn more about formatting numbers for display. Note that Copy will not copy units and dimensions.

**Copying numbers from a scrolling output table**

When you display results in a scrolling output table as described in the section “Displaying vectors and matrices” in Chapter 10, you may want to copy some of the numbers from the table and use them elsewhere. To copy just one number from a scrolling output table, simply click on the number and choose Copy from the Edit menu. To copy more than one number from a scrolling output table:

• Click on the first number you want to copy.

• Drag the mouse in the direction of the other values you want to copy while holding the mouse button down.

• Choose Copy from the Edit menu. TO-copy all the values in a row or column, click on the column or row number shown to the left of the row or at the top of the column. All the values in the row or column will be selected. Then choose Copy from the Edit menu. After you have copied one or more numbers from a scrolling output table, you can paste them into another part of your worksheet or into another application. Figure 7-10 shows an example of a new matrix created by copying and pasting numbers from a scrolling output table. Note that if you copied and pasted more than nine rows or columns of numbers from the table, they will be displayed as a new scrolling output table.