How to Copy & Paste to Your Browser

By Mara Shannon

Learning how to copy and paste to your web browser is very helpful for accessing web pages when the URLs aren't formatted as clickable links as well as opening pages in new windows or tabs. Copying and pasting is a simple task which you can accomplish using several methods: mouse, menu or keyboard shortcuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Web browser

Step 1

Open the web page or document containing the URL you want to copy and paste.

Step 2

Highlight the URL. To highlight text, place your mouse pointer just left of the text you want to highlight, then click the left mouse button and hold it down. Drag the mouse pointer to the end of the text you want to highlight, then let go.

Step 3

Copy the URL. You can copy highlighted text by left-clicking on the highlighted text (or pressing "Control" and clicking on a Mac) and clicking "Copy" from the menu that pops up or by pressing "Ctrl" + "C" (or "Apple" + "C" on a Mac). In most browsers and programs, you can also copy by selecting the "Edit" menu and clicking "Copy."

Step 4

Open a new browser window or tab. Depending on your browser, you can usually press "Ctrl" + "N" for a new browser window or "Ctrl" + "T" for a new tab, or select the "File" menu and click "New Window" or "New Tab."

Step 5

Locate the blank address bar at the top of the browser. There should already be a blinking cursor in the address bar. If not, click on the space.

Step 6

Paste the URL into the address bar. You can paste by right-clicking ("Control" + clicking on a Mac) anywhere in the address bar and clicking "Paste" from the menu or by pressing "Ctrl" + "V" ("Apple" + "S" on a Mac). In most browsers, you can also paste by selecting the "Edit" menu and clicking "Paste."

Step 7

Press "Enter" or click the "Go to" button to open the URL.