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How to copy, cut and paste in Windows

How to Copy, Cut and Paste in Windows

Want to learn some tricks to work more efficiently by moving text from one application to another? Here are the basic steps you can follow to copy, cut and paste in Windows!

What you’ll learn:

  • Copying text
  • Cutting text
  • Pasting text to another place

 

Getting started

Click on the Windows icon located on the bottom left corner.

 

Type in the name of the application you want to use (it can be Microsoft Word, Notepad or any other applications you prefer to use). Then click on it to start the application.

 

Step 1 – selecting the item to copy or cut

If it is a one-line item, place your curser at the start of the line and drag it to the end of the line.

 

Make sure the text you want to copy is highlighted.

 

If it is a paragraph, place your cursor at the start of the paragraph and press Ctrl + Shift + down arrow on your keyboard.

 

Step 2 – copying

Right-click your selected item and select Copy from the menu.

 

Tip: Alternatively, you can hold down Ctrl and press C on your keyboard to copy. 

 

Step 3 – cutting

Follow Step 1 then right-click your selected item and select Cut from the menu.

 

Step 4 – pasting

Open a document or a browser where you want to paste the copied item to.

 

Then right-click your selected item and select Paste from the menu.

 

Tip: Alternatively, you can hold down Ctrl and press V on your keyboard to paste. 

 

Now, you should be able to see the copied item in your destination as shown below. Congratulations! you have mastered copy, cut and paste in Windows.

 

Bonus Tip!

Did you find something useful online and want to share it with other people? I’ve got you covered!

Right-click your selected item and select Copy from the menu (apply what you have learned from Step 2 earlier). 

 

Then paste it (Ctrl + V – recall Step 4) to your destination as shown below:

https://www.google.com/

You can either share it via email or social media platforms (please refer to another guide, “How to send an email in Windows” to learn how to send an email). Once sent, the receiver should be able to click on the link and access the website by clicking on the link while holding down Ctrl on the keyboard.

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