How to Copy & Paste With Computer Keys

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Using the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste can make moving information between windows much faster. The commands are similar for computers that use a Macintosh or Windows operating system. Copying material keeps it in the original place, but also allows you to move a copy to another location on a document. The "Paste" command places the copied material in the desired location on a document or web page. If you would like to move material permanently from the original location, there is also a "Cut" command.

  • Find the control button on a keyboard that uses the Windows operating system. The button is on the same level as the space bar and is marked "CTRL." For a Macintosh system, locate the command key on either side of the space bar.

  • Highlight the text that you want to copy and move elsewhere by clicking and dragging over the text. Hold down the "Control" or "Command" key and the "C" key at the same time to copy the material.

  • Place the mouse cursor where you want to paste the copied material. Hold down the "Control" or "Command" key while holding down the "V" key at the same time. A copy of the material will appear in the new location.

  • Cut highlighted material by holding down the "Control" or "Command" key plus the "X" key. Place the cursor in the new location and hold down the "Control" or "Command" key plus the "P" key. The material will disappear from the original location and appear in the new location.

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