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Windows - Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Text

There are many times when it would be convenient to move a block of text, or to duplicate one. It is very easy to do operations like these using combinations of the cut, copy, and paste functions present in every word processing program, and most other programs, too.

Cutting and Pasting text 

Cut is an incredibly useful function that's very handy for moving text.


  1. Click on the Edit menu at the top of this window.
  2. Select the Cut menu option. Notice that the sentence you highlighted in the text box has disappeared.
    Tip: You can also press the Control + X keys to cut text. 

  3. Again, click the Edit menu.
  4. Click on the Paste option. This is how you can move text with the cut and paste functions.
    Tip: You can also press Control + V to paste. 

It's very easy to move text around with cut:

  • Cut the text you want duplicated.
  • Paste it where you want a second copy.
Copying and Pasting Text 

The copy function is quite useful if you ever need to duplicate text.


  1. Click on the Edit menu.
  2. Select the Copy item. Notice that this time, the text you highlighted has not vanished from the screen like it did when you cut it above.
    Tip: You can also press Control + C to copy text. 

  3. Select the Edit menu again.
  4. Click on the Paste item. The text from the first box has now been duplicated into the second box above.

It's quite simple:

  • Copy the text you want duplicated.
  • Paste it where you want a second copy.
 
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