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How to copy and paste text using keyboard shortcuts

Computer users wishing to copy text, tables or images and paste them elsewhere are often taught to use the mouse. However, you can perform the same task with a simple keyboard shortcut. A keyboard shortcut is a combination of two or more keys that achieves the same result as using the mouse buttons. There is a slight difference between copying and pasting text on a Windows operating system and on an Apple Mac operating system.

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  1. Place your mouse cursor at the edge of the text, table or image you wish to copy. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor to highlight the item.

  2. Simultaneously press the "Ctrl-C" keys on a Windows computer to copy the selected item. Alternatively, hold down the "Ctrl-Insert" keys at the same time. On an Apple Mac the same action is achieved by simultaneously holding down the "Command-C" keys.

  3. Navigate to the page or program into which you want to place the selected item and simultaneously press the "Ctrl-V" keys on a Windows computer to paste the selected item. Alternatively, hold down the "Shift-Insert" keys at the same time. On an Apple Mac, hold down the "Command-V" buttons to complete the task.

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News, business and sports journalist James Andrews began writing professionally in 1996. His articles have appeared in the "Coventry Evening Telegraph," "Daily Mail," "Newcastle Evening Chronicle," "The Sun," "Herald Sun," "Football Business" magazine and online at just-style.com. He holds a National Certificate in newspaper journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

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