How to Copy and Paste in Apple

By Sophie Southern

If you don't have experience using a Mac, getting used to the interface can be a challenge. Apple's Mac OS X operating system features a top menu bar, of which certain elements remain the same in all applications. The "Copy" and "Paste" functions, as well as the "Cut" function, are always accessible from the same location in every application or the same keyboard shortcut commands. Mac OS X also lets you copy and paste between applications.

Step 1

Select your content.

Step 2

Select "Edit" from the top menu bar. This works in any application.

Step 3

Select "Copy" to copy your content to the clipboard. Alternatively, you can hold the "Command" and "C" keys simultaneously to copy.

Step 4

Select "Paste" to paste your content to the clipboard. Alternatively, you can hold the "Command" and "V" keys simultaneously to paste.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the "Paste and Match Style" function from the "Edit" menu to automatically format text when you paste it into a word processing document.

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