How Do I Copy & Paste?

By Michael Jones

There are many different ways to copy and paste a block of text, but they all essentially send the same computer commands to your central processing unit. Once you figure out how to highlight text, copying and pasting it is a breeze. Most of the time it only consists of switching fingers to click a different side of the mouse.

Edit Tab

The first step in copying any text is highlighting it. To do this, click the mouse pointer and drag it over the text you want highlighted. The text will be highlighted, usually in blue. You can also double-click on a word to highlight it and triple-click to highlight the entire block of text. If you want to get fancy, you can hold the "Shift" key and click in two spots. The area between your two clicks will be highlighted. Once highlighted, open the "Edit" tab located in the top right of your window's toolbar. Under the "Edit" tab, click on "Copy." Your selected text is now saved to a clipboard.To paste the text, you first have to open the page where you want to paste the text. Click your mouse pointer on the spot you would like to paste the text. Now go to the "Edit" tab and click on "Paste." Your selected text will paste onto the area you choose.

Right Click

With the text you want to copy highlighted, right-click on your mouse. A drop-down menu will appear where you click displaying many options. Click on "Copy." Click on the area you want to paste the text and right-click again. Now click on "Paste." Your selected text will paste onto the area you choose.

Highlight and Drag

Highlight your text with your mouse. Click on it once, and drag it to the place you would like to paste it. This only works when moving a block of text from one area of a page to another area of the same page. This doesn't necessarily copy and paste your text; it takes it from one space to another. Your text will not be duplicated using this method, it will only be moved around.

Shortcuts

Highlight the text you want to copy and press the "CTRL" and "C" buttons on your keyboard at the same time. This will copy your text. If you're using a Mac, use the "Apple" button instead of "CTRL." Once you find where you'd like to paste your text, click on the area to trigger the cursor, and press the "CTRL" and "V" buttons at the same time. Again, if you're using a Mac, you'll have to use "Apple" instead of "CTRL." This will paste your text in the area you choose.