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How to Cut and Paste
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The ability to copy from one document to another and from one place in a document to another is one of the major benefits of word processing. You can can copy from and paste into emails, bulletin board messages, word processing packages, and across almost all other computer applications.

Here's one way to do it.

1. Select the text or graphics you want to copy. Do this by holding down your left mouse button while dragging the cursor over the items you want to copy.

Finger on left mouse button Partial sentence highlighted with mouse

2. When everything that you want to copy has been selected, place your mouse cursor over the highlighted information and click the right mouse button.

A pop-up window will appear on your screen.

Finger on right mouse button

Right-click shortcut menu


Left click on Copy.

Copy selected on the shortcut menu

This will place the highlighted material in a "electronic" clipboard on your computer. This material will stay in the clipboard until you copy other material or turn off power to your machine.


3. Open up the document, or application, into which you want to paste the material you just copied. If you are pasting within the same document, move your curser to the location in which you wish to paste.

Blank Notepad document


4. Move your mouse cursor to the destination where you want to paste the copied material.

Cursor placement on blank document


5. Click the right mouse button and a pop-up window will appear.


6. Left click on Paste.

Right mouse click shortcut menu

The items that you copied from the original document will now appear in the new destination and/or on the new document.

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