There are two ways to copy and paste text on your computer. You can do this with your mouse, or with keyboard shortcuts. Here’s a description of both:

  1. Cut, Copy and Paste with your Mouse
    1. First, select the text you want to copy.
      1. Place your mouse cursor at the beginning or end of a section of text you wish to select.
      2. Click the left mouse button and a vertical bar called the ‘text selection bar’ appears and blinks at the cursor location.
      3. Click and hold the left mouse button down and sweep the selection bar across text you want to copy and release the mouse button when you reach the end of the text you want to select.
      4. You have successfully selected your text if the text becomes highlighted.
    2. Second, copying the text you’ve just selected.
      1. Right click your mouse on the highlighted text, and a menu will appear with a number of different choices. Choose copy by moving your cursor over the word copy and clicking on the copy option.
      2. By choosing this option, a copy of the selected text is now stored in an area of the conputer’s memory called the ‘clipboard’.
    3. Third, paste the selected text into the new document.
      1. The text in the clipboard can now be pasted into your new document.
      2. Click your mouse into the new document where you want the text to be pasted.
      3. Then, right click your mouse and a drop down menu will appear. Choose and click the paste option.
      4. The clipboard contents will be pasted at the location of the selection bar.
  2. Cut, Copy and Paste with the Keyboard
    1. First, select the text you want to copy.
      1. Use the up, down, left and right arrows to move the selection bar to the end of the text you want to highlight.
      2. Hold down the ‘shift’ key and use the ‘left’ arrow key to sweep the selection bar across the text you want to select.
      3. The selected text becomes highlighted.
    2. Second, copying the text you’ve just selected.
      1. Hold down the “CTRL” key while pressing the letter ‘C’ key and the highlighted text is copied to the computer’s clipboard.
    3. Third, paste the selected text into the new document.
      1. Move the text selection bar to the place in the file where you want to paste the clipboard contents.
      2. Hold down the CTRL key while pressing the letter ‘V’ key and the clipboard contents are pasted at the insertion point.