Cut And Paste

Dear Computer Lady,

What does it mean to cut and paste?
And how do we do it?

Thanks, Mame

Dear Mame,

Cut and paste or copy and paste is the process of copying text and/or pictures from one place on your computer and placing the text and/or pictures in another place (like a document or email).

When you cut and paste, you are removing the original text and/or pictures (cutting them out) and placing them in your new location.

When you copy and paste, you are making a copy of the original, leaving it in place and putting the copy in the new location.

Exactly how you cut and paste is explained in detail, with illustrations on my website at:



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