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Macintosh Copy and Paste Instructions

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You can save time by copying, pasting, and cutting directly from your computer. It is possible to copy and paste text from web pages into Word documents, emails, or any other format. These shortcuts allow you to copy and paste files or folders from websites into a Word document, email, or another format. These shortcuts are for Mac users. You can copy, cut, and paste files or folders with your trackpad, mouse, or keyboard.

How to copy and paste on a Mac

To copy and paste text, images, and files on a Mac, you can either use the context menu or keyboard shortcuts. The contextual menu appears when you tap on the trackpad or mouse.

You can copy/paste best using keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts: Copy & Paste

  1. You can copy a text or image by selecting it. You can highlight text using your keyboard by pressing the Shift key and simultaneously holding the Shift button. You can highlight text by clicking on the mouse left-clicking it and dragging it across.
  2. Next, press Command+C on the keyboard. Next, hold down the Command button (the one that has the icon like this), and then press the letter “C”. This will copy any text and images to the clipboard.
  3. Please be aware that you can only copy one set of text or images at a given time. One set of images and text can be copied at a given time. It will replace the original copy.
  4. Copy into a program. Macs can use the Text app. You can save and paste text as well as images.
  5. To paste, press Command +V. This will copy text and/or images onto the clipboard.

How to use keyboard shortcuts to cut and paste

Instead of copying text or images, you can cut them. The Cut command will remove text from the original file. It is not the same as copying.

Choose the text or image you wish to use.

To access your keyboard, use Command + X

You can also right-click the highlighted text and images to select Cut from a pop up contextual menu

You can access the option of cutting in most applications by using the “Edit” menu.

To copy the text, use Command + V. To open the contextual menu or Edit menu, right-click any app.

You can paste text without saving formatting (size, font colors, etc.). To paste text from the original text press Command + Shift + Option + V.

This option is located in the context menu under Paste and Match Style.

How to copy and paste files and folders

Command + C or Command + V can be used to move files and folders from your Mac. However, unless you have duplicates of files, it is better to copy and paste files.

  1. This is how you copy and move files on a Mac with cut and paste.
  2. Select the file you want to copy.
  3. To copy the file to your clipboard, use Command + C. This will copy the file to your clipboard.
  4. Navigate to the location you wish to save the file.

To move the file/folder that you have copied, use Command + Option + V.

You can also move files from the Edit menu bar of the Finder. You must press the Option key in the menu to activate the Move-Item Here option.

Using the mouse to copy and paste

  1. Highlight the text/image that you want to copy.
  2. To copy the contextual menu, right-click your mouse.
  3. Copy the copied content into a program. Point your cursor to the place you want the copied content placed.
  4. Right-click on your mouse to select Paste in the contextual menu

The Paste option can be accessed in the Edit menu of most applications.

How to paste and copy with a trackpad

  1. Select the text that you want to copy. You can do this by pressing the trackpad, and then moving the cursor across the area that you want to copy.
  2. Tap anywhere on the trackpad with two fingers to open the contextual menu.
  3. Copy
  4. Copy into a program
  5. Tap the trackpad with your two fingers. This will open the menu, which allows you to select from many pasting options.
  6. Copy

Now you know how to copy and paste on a Mac. You can also check out our list of useful shortcuts for the mac keyboard.

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