How to Copy & Paste Using Notepad

By Kimberly Johnson

Notepad is a software program that is available on all PCs that have a Windows operating system installed. It is a plain-text editing program, which means that you cannot change the font, add bold or italics or insert images or graphics of any type. Notepad is especially useful for copying and pasting blocks of text from other software programs. Once the text is placed into Notepad, all of the formatting and behind-the-scenes code are stripped from it.

Step 1

Open Notepad by clicking the Start Menu in the lower left corner of your computer screen. Once the menu opens, click "All Programs," select "Accessories" and click"Notepad."

Step 2

Open a web browser or other software program that contains the text that you want to copy. You can copy text from any file or document that is not locked, such as a secure PDF file.

Step 3

Position your mouse cursor at the beginning of the text that you want to copy and press down on the left mouse button.

Step 4

Move the mouse to the end of the text you want to copy, noticing that the text is highlighted as you do so. You must keep the left mouse button pressed down until you reach the end of the text. Once you are at the end of the text, release the mouse button.

Step 5

Move your cursor over the highlighted text and press the right mouse button. Read the options that display on the screen and move your cursor down to the "Copy" option. Click the left mouse button to copy the text.

Step 6

Click anywhere in the Notepad document to position your cursor and then press the right mouse button. Move your cursor down to the "Paste" option and press the left mouse button. Your text will appear in the Notepad document.

Step 7

Click "File" at the top of Notepad and then click "Save." Type a name for your document and choose a location to save it in. Click "Save" to save the text, which also strips out all formatting.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to copy and paste from Notepad into another program, follow the exact same procedure, but simply select the text from the Notepad document instead of another document.
  • Once you save the text in Notepad, you can copy it and paste it into other programs or web forms without any of the formatting showing up.