Cut, Copy and Paste
by John Anthony
In just about any text based application that can used
in Windows the tools cut, copy and paste can be used.
If you don't know about these important tools you may be
doing a lot of extra typing, when writing and editing
Cut, Copy and Paste with your Mouse
Before text in a file can be cut or copied, it must first
be selected. It can they be pasted into another part of the
file you are working on or even into a completely different
- To select text, place your cursor (looks like an I-
beam) at the beginning or end of a section of text you wish
- Then click the left mouse button and a vertical bar
called the 'text selection bar' appears and blinks at the
- Hold the left mouse button down and sweep the selection
bar across text you want to select.
- The text becomes hi lighted as you sweep it which means
you've successfully selected it.
- Release the mouse button when you reach the end of the
text you want to select.
- Now that the text you want is selected, right
click your mouse. Do not left click your mouse. If you do
all the text becomes unselected.
- A drop down menu appears with a number of different
choices. Choose copy by moving your cursor over the word
copy and clicking either mouse button.
- Doing this places a copy of the selected text in an
area of memory called the 'clipboard'. The selected text is
left intact in source file.
That's it, you are done copying and pasting! If you like
the changes you made be sure to save your work right away.
- The text in the clipboard can now be pasted where ever
you want it.
- Left click your mouse at the place in the text where
you want to paste the clipboard contents. The blinking text
selection bar appears.
- Right click your mouse and a drop down menu appears as
well. Choose paste by moving your mouse over it and
clicking either button.
- The clipboard contents are pasted at the location of
the selection bar.
- Select the text you want to cutwork with.
- When your place your cursor over the selected text and
right click the mouse, the drop down menu appears. Choose
the 'cut' option by moving your cursor over it and clicking
either mouse button.
- The selected is sent to the clipboard and it is cut
(removed) from the source file.
- Follow the same procedure as above to paste it in the destination file.
Cut, Copy and Paste with the Keyboard
Sometimes it is easier and faster to use the keyboard
instead of the mouse.
- Use the up, down, left and right arrows to move the
selection bar to the end of the text you want to hi light.
- Hold down the 'shift' key and use the 'left' arrow key
to sweep the selection bar across the text you want to
- The selected text becomes highlighted.
- Hold down the 'Ctrl' key while pressing the 'C' key and
the highlighted text is copied to the clipboard.
- Move the text selection bar to the place in the file where you want
to paste the clipboard contents.
- Hold down the 'Ctrl' key while pressing the 'V' key and
the clipboard contents are pasted at the insertion point.
- Select the text you want to cut.
- Hold down the 'Ctrl' key while pressing the 'X' key and
the selected text is cut from the source file and copied to the
- Follow the paste procedure above if you want to paste the cut text into the same file or even another file.
IF you don't need this text it will remain in the clipboard until it is overwritten by new text coming into the clipboard.
Whatever is in the clipboard when the application is closed is lost.
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