Cut, Copy and Paste:
The Computer Helper
And User Group
of Saddlebag Lake Resort
Helpful Tips and Instructions for your computer.
Cut, Copy and Paste
The purpose of copy (or cut) and paste is to provide a simple way to move TEXT around in your computer from software program to program, to reduce the need to type the same thing over and over again. TEXT written by others can also be copied (or cut) and pasted. TEXT can be described as words, sentences, paragraphs or pages found, for example, within a Word processing document. (e.g. Word, WordPad, Notepad) Text can be moved around in the document thereby negating the need to type and retype the information. Text is also found within E-Mail letters, the words in a card creation programs, the text in the address bar of your internet browser, etc. In fact any characters that you can use your keyboard to input into the computer. Pictures or Clipart are NOT TEXT however if the picture or clipart is placed inside a TEXT BOX in a word processing document then it can be copied. Information on a WEB site is NOT always TEXT and in most cases can NOT be copied. If you can type words etc into the Web page then this is TEXT.
How do you copy (or cut) and paste
Left click your mouse at the beginning of the text you want to work with, hold the left button down and drag it across the letters / words you want to copy. The words will show with a dark outline on them. Now point your mouse arrow to the dark area and click the right mouse button. A menu box will appear. Select copy and click the left mouse button. The words that were highlighted will now be stored on the clipboard within the computer. To paste in the new location simply right click the location you want the TEXT to be placed and a menu will appear. Select the word PASTE in the menu and left click on it. The text will come from the clipboard and will appear after the cursor. If you select cut instead of copy the information at the original location will be removed but will still be placed in the clipboard.