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Copy and Paste

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About Copy and Paste
Whether or not you are a computer professional or a beginner, copy and paste is one of the most valuable procedures to know. Instead of re-typing what is on the screen, you can copy the text and then paste it into another place or application. Once you know the basic procedure to copy and paste, you can then learn extreme moves, such as highlighting without using the mouse, or use keyboard shortcuts to copy, cut and paste.

Terms You Need to Know for Copy and Paste:
Select Text - Highlight areas of text.
Copy - Placing selected text onto the clipboard.
Cut - Removing selected text from a document and putting in on the clipboard.
Delete - Remove selected text and not put it on the clipboard.
Paste - Put data that is on the clipboard into a document.
Clipboard - On Windows machines, there is a place called the clipboard. When you select and copy (or cut) an item, the data is placed on the clipboard. It then stays there until the computer is shut down or another item is copied onto the clipboard and it replaces it.

Basic Instructions to Copy and Paste:

  1. Select an area of text by placing your mouse cursor at the beginning of the area you want to copy.
    Click and hold the left mouse button down and drag the cursor across the area.
    When you reach the end of the area you want to copy, release the left mouse button.
  2. Copy the area to the clipboard, by placing the mouse cursor over the area that is selected.
    Click the right mouse button, and a pop up menu will appear.
    Select copy by putting the cursor over the word "copy" on the menu and click the left mouse button.
  3. Paste the contents of the clipboard by placing your mouse cursor to the area you want to paste the text.
    Click the right mouse button and a pop up menu will appear.
    Select paste by putting the cursor over the word "paste" and then click the left mouse button.

If you just learned how to copy and paste, practice awhile before trying all the other things you can do with copy and paste.

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