How to Copy and Paste a URL

By Bonnie Crowe

Typing out long Web addresses into your browser from email or Microsoft Word documents can be a drag. You can save time using a copy and paste technique. Aside from being easier, this method is more accurate than retyping the URL into the address bar.

Step 1

Click the left mouse button or the left side of your laptop’s track pad at the start of the URL hold it down while you drag right to highlight the address.

Step 2

Right click the mouse button or right side of the laptop’s track pad and select “Copy” from the Quick menu.

Step 3

Click the left mouse button or left side of the laptop’s track pad inside your browser’s address bar. Click the right mouse button or right side of the laptop’s track pad and select “Paste and Go.” You can also select “Paste” from the Quick menu. However, you'll need to click “Enter” to navigate to the website.

Tips & Warnings

  • After the URL is highlighted, you can use the shortcut “CTRL-C” to copy the URL to the clipboard and “CTRL-V” to paste it into the address bar of your Web browser.
  • To copy and paste by touch on a tablet, tap the beginning of the URL twice, hold and slide right to select the entire URL until a box appears. Release and tap “Copy.” Tap and hold your finger in the address bar of your browser. Release and tap “Paste.”
  • If you don't select the entire URL when you are copying, you won't navigate to the correct Web address.