Trails End Computer Club

Lesson 1

Cut or Copy and Paste


Cut or Copy and Paste are essential tool that works the same over a wide range of computers, operating systems and programs. It is useful in e-mails, word processors, spread sheets, web pages, photo's, backup your data and other applications.


You can move or copy text, photo's etc. with ease over a wide range of applications or just move something to a different spot in the same application.


What you cut or copy is stored in temporary memory location called the clipboard. Once there, you may paste it where you want.


Like anything in computing, there are several ways to accomplish the same thing.

SELECTING

You must first determine what you want to work with. If it's a picture, Just right click on it and select Copy. If it's text, you must select the text you want to work with by:

  1. Clicking on the beginning then hold down the shift key while you click on the end that you want to work with. Or

  2. Clicking on the beginning then drag the mouse to the end that you want to work with and release the mouse button. Or

  3. To select the entire document, Hold down the ctrl key (lower left of your keyboard) while tapping the “A” key. Or

  4. Triple click to select a paragraph.
  5. The area you want to work is now selected (or highlighted).

PLACE IN THE CLIPBOARD

Now to put it on the clipboard you must either cut it (removes it) or copy it (to duplicate it).

  1. Right click on the selected text. A menu appears allowing you do many things with the selected text. You may click on copy or cut and it is placed in your clipboard. Or

  2. At the top of the page click on edit and click on copy or cut. Or

  3. To Copy, Hold down the ctrl key (lower left of your keyboard) while tapping the “C” key.  Or

  4. To Cut, Hold down the ctrl key (lower left of your keyboard) while tapping the "X” key. I recommend #1 or 2.

PASTE IT TO ITS NEW LOCATION

To finish you must Paste it where you want it. If you want to paste into a different document, e-mail etc., you may minimize the document you just copied from and open the document you want to paste it into.

  1. Place the mouse pointer where you want the clipboard contents inserted and click there. This is called the insertion point. And

  2. Right click at that point and click on Paste. Or

  3. At the top of the page click on edit and click on Paste. Or

  4. Hold down the ctrl key (lower left of your keyboard) while tapping the “V” key. I recommend #2 or 3.

Trails End Computer Club by Harold Buechly         Updated 12/7/2013