How to Cut & Paste on a MacBook

Written by veronica summers
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Cutting and pasting is a standard feature of the Mac OS X operating system that runs on all MacBook Pros and MacBook Air laptops. When working in an application on your MacBook, you can find the cut and paste commands on the Edit menu.

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  1. 1

    Click to open an application on your MacBook.

  2. 2

    Select the text, graphic or object that you wish to cut.

    To select text, highlight the text by holding down and dragging over it with your mouse.

    To select a photo, picture, or file, click on it with the mouse.

  3. 3

    Move the mouse to the Edit menu at the top of your screen, and click on "Cut."

    The MacBook deletes the object from the document and copies it to the clipboard.

    You can also use the keyboard shortcut for cut by typing "Command X."

  4. 4

    Move to the document where you wish to paste the object and click.

    The MacBook displays a blinking cursor.

  5. 5

    Move the mouse to the Edit menu and click on "Paste."

    The MacBook pastes the cut object into your document where you last positioned your cursor.

    You can also use the keyboard shortcut for paste by typing "Command V."

Tips and warnings

  • You cannot cut and paste files in the Mac Finder. Apple disabled the cut and paste functionality so that you don't accidentally delete a file. To move files, use the copy and paste commands. Then, manually delete the copied file by dragging it to the dustbin.

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