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The Scratch Buffer view can be used for storing fragments of arbitrary text during the editing process. It can be used to drop bits of paragraphs (including arbitrary XML markup fragments) while rearranging and editing the document and also to drag and drop fragments of text from the Scratch Buffer to the editor panel. The Scratch Buffer is basically a text area offering XML syntax highlight. The view's contextual menu contains basic edit actions such as Cut, Copy, and Paste.

If the view is not displayed, it can be opened by selecting it from the Window > Show View menu.