How to Cut on an iMac

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The Mac and Windows operating systems share many characteristics with each other. One example is that both operating systems use a "windowed" approach to dealing with applications on the screen. Another example is the way the cut, copy and paste features are implemented -- both operating systems use similar keyboard shortcuts. If you're using an iMac running Mac OS and you want to learn how to cut text, you can do so in a few steps.

  • Select the text you'd like to cut using the mouse. Click at the beginning of the text and drag the mouse pointer to the end of the text. This will cause the text to appear highlighted.

  • Press down on the "Command" button and the "X" button simultaneously. The text you selected will disappear, but don't worry -- it's not gone forever, it was copied to the iMac's clipboard.

  • Paste the text by holding down the "Command" button and pressing the "V" button. This will return the text back to its original location. You can paste the text you cut out in another document or application, as long as the destination accepts text entry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cutting text only works in places where text can be edited. You can't cut text out of a web page, for instance.

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