How to Cut, Paste, and Copy on Computers


Manually copying information from a Web site or document can be tedious and take valuable time. Using a computer mouse, it's easy to copy and paste information from one location to another. It's also possible to transport, or "cut," words and phrases from one document to another. Cut, paste and copy are three actions that can be performed on any MAC or PC.

  • Click in front or at the end of the word or phrase you wish to cut or copy.

  • Drag your cursor over the word or phrase. The word or phrase will be highlighted.

  • Press the proper key combination for the desired action. PC users will need to press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys to copy and "Ctrl" and "X" to cut. MAC users must use the "Command" and "C" or "X" keys to complete the desired actions.

  • Click in an area you wanted the the cut/copied information to be pasted.

  • Press the keyboard combination "Ctrl" and "V" ("Command" and "V" on MACs) to paste the information.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only material from documents that can be edited can be transferred or cut. Materials and documents from Web sites can be copied but not cut.

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