Copy and Paste
Most computer users know two ways to copy highlighted content and paste it
into another Windows software, but there are two other ways you should be aware
of because sometimes dialog boxes get in the way of the usual two methods.
Here's the details--
The Usual Methods--Icons and Menu
So you drag your mouse across some text (and maybe pictures or tables) with
the left mouse button held down. You want to copy or cut this section and
paste it into a new page or a different program (like copying from the Web to
Word). Now what? Read the red print in the
OR use the
In the graphic above, the red print describes the "Edit" menu that
commonly appears in all Windows-compatible software. Cut, copy, and paste
features are standard throughout such software as Word, Netscape, Internet
Explorer, Excel, encyclopedias, other reference tools.
Uncommon Methods--Keyboard Commands and Right-Clicking
Keyboard Commands: The blue print and box in the graphic above note
for you the prescribed key combinations to accomplish the same
tasks. To cut highlighted text, for example, you can hold down one of the
two "Ctrl" keys on your keyboard and then tap the "X"
key. Similarly, to copy highlighted text, you hold down a "Ctrl"
key and tap the "C" key. To paste, hold "Ctrl" and tap
"V." (Of course, "P" would make more sense, but that
command has already been delegated to printing.)
Right-Click Pop-up Menus: When nothing is highlighted and you have
something that was cut or copied to the Windows Clipboard (an extra area of
memory that holds text or pictures for you until you paste it somewhere or
copy/cut something else), you can right-click where you want to paste and a menu
will pop up that includes the option to "Paste," as shown in the
small, gray graphic above.