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How to Cut, Copy & Paste

Updated February 21, 2017

Copying, cutting and pasting text into documents can aid a user greatly in the creation of a document. These simple features, which can be performed via the mouse or the keyboard, allow the editing of a document to run smoothly and quickly. The difference between the copy and the cut features is that when you copy text the original text remains, while cutting removes the original text.

Open the document you want to edit.

Highlight the text you want to copy.

Press the "Ctrl" + "C" keys simultaneously. You can also right click the text and select "Copy" from the drop down menu. The text is copied onto what is called the clipboard. This "clipboard" is really just a location in the computer's memory where data is stored.

Open the document you want to edit.

Highlight the text you want to cut.

Press the "Ctrl" + "X" keys simultaneously. You can also right click the text and select "Cut" from the drop down menu. The text is deleted from the document and moved to the clipboard.

Open the document you want to edit.

Place the pointer where you want the information to appear.

Press the "Ctrl" + "V" keys simultaneously. You can also right click the space and select "Paste" from the drop down menu. The data in the clipboard is retrieved and pasted in your document. If you have not previously cut or copied text onto the clipboard, then pasting will not work.

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Launie Sorrels is a veteran who has worked as a chef and has more than two decades of martial arts training. His writing has developed from his experience as a quality assurance manager for Microsoft and IBM. Sorrels has a degree in computer science and is currently working on his journalism degree.