Need to copy information from one place to another? No worries – follow our tutorial for copying and pasting in Google Docs on Mac computers!
Copying and pasting between documents can be an efficient way to get the information you need. If you’re a Mac user, this guide will show you how to use the copy-and-paste commands in Google Docs.
Select the specific text or content you want to copy
First, open the document which you want to copy text from in Google Docs. You can select either individual words or entire sections of text. To select a word, triple-click on it which will highlight it in blue (or double-click and then press the “Command” and “A” keys at the same time). To select many words/sentences/paragraphs, hold down the Command key and then click and drag over your desired pieces of text.
Go to ‘Edit’ on the top menu and select ‘Copy’
After selecting your text, go to the top menu bar and click the “Edit” tab. A list will appear – select “Copy”. That’s it – you’ve now copied your text! Next, go to the document you want to paste the text in (this can be either a new Google Docs document or an existing one). Select where in the document you want to paste the copied text (the same way you selected the text before). Then go back up to the “Edit” drop-down list and select “Paste”. Your copied text will now appear in its new home!
Click on the destination where you want the copied text to go and go to ‘Edit’ and select ‘Paste’.
To move the text to the document, go to the destination you want it to go to and select where in the document you want the text. Now, you have many options for pasting your copied text, including “Edit” from the drop-down menu bar. When you select that, another drop-down list will appear. From this list select “Paste” and voila! The copied text should now be in its new home.
Choose whether you’d like your content pasted as plain text, HTML, or rich text formatting.
Once you’ve selected “Paste” from the drop-down edit list, you will give three options for pasting your copied text. These formats include Plain Text, HTML, and Rich Text Formatting. Plain Text will remove all formatting from the original text. While HTML preserves any hyperlinks in the copied text and maintains the document’s original structure. Rich Text Formatting pastes in all the formatting from your clipboard, including font sizes and typefaces.
Save your document
Before you leave your document to use on other Mac computers, you should save it so that the copied text remains intact. To do this, open up the “File” menu in Google Docs and select “Save As”. A window will pop up prompting you to choose a file format so make sure to select “Word 97 – 2003 Document”. As well as any other applicable formats before pressing “Save”. You’ll now be able to access and edit the document on any Mac computer running an updated version of Google Docs.