I have been getting a lot of requests lately for directions on using copy and paste, or cut and paste, so I decided to create this illustrated tutorial.
Before you can cut or copy text, you need to be able to highlight it. There are several ways to do this. Lets examine a few of the ways.
1. Move your mouse to the beginning of your text, near the number 1 hold down the left mouse button and slowly move the mouse to the end of the text, indicated by the number 2. When the text you want to use is highlighted, release the mouse button.
2. With your mouse, click once at the beginning of your text. Hold down the “Shift” key on your keyboard, and click once at the end of the text. Everything between the first click and the second will be highlighted.
3. See how this text is blue? That means it is highlighted. To do that here, I used the arrow keys move the cursor to the beginning of my text, I held down the shift key while using the arrow keys to move to the end of your text. This method works well for web pages where the text you want to copy is larger than the screen.
4. Now we will copy what we highlighted. When you copy something, you place it in a part of Windows memory called the clipboard.
5. To do this, you first highlight your text, and then click on “Edit” and “Copy”. Even though you can’t see any changes, you will now have your text on the clipboard.
6. To paste, you simply click where you want the text to go and click “Edit” and “Paste”.
Lets say that you want to send just this article in an e-mail to your mother. First, you would highlight the article, then click “Edit” and “Copy”.
Next, you open a new e-mail and address it to your mom. Be sure to click in the body of the e-mail where you want the article to go, then click “Edit” and “Paste”.
Your article is now in the new e-mail
An even easier way to do this, is to first highlight your text, and then using your keyboard, press the “Ctrl” key and continue to hold it down while you press and release the “C” key.
This is the same as “Edit” and “Copy” and you will now have your text on the clipboard.
To paste, you simply click where you want the text to go and press the “Ctrl” key and continue to hold it down while you tap the V key.
Not only is it faster and easier to use the keyboard shortcuts, but it works in places where there is no “Edit” menu available. If you can highlight the text, you can usually copy it.