How to Copy Something Using a Keyboard


If you need to copy information from a text document or website, you can right-click the item and select "Copy" and right-click again to select "Paste." It's a simple process, but surprisingly time consuming compared to a keyboard shortcut. A keyboard shortcut might only save you a second or two, but that time adds up if you're copying and pasting several times in a row. To save time as you type, you can copy directly from the keyboard with a simple command on PCs or Macs.

  • Highlight the text. Some websites and word processors also let you highlight pictures along with text. If you can't highlight the picture, the keyboard shortcut won't work, and you need to copy using the mouse instead.

  • Press and hold the "Ctrl" key on PC keyboard. On a Mac, hold the "Command" key.

  • Press the "C" key. Once you press "C," the item is copied to your PC or Mac clipboard.

  • Open the program into which you want to paste.

  • Press and hold the "Ctrl" key on a PC or the "Command" key on a Mac.

  • Press "V" to paste the copied data.

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