Copying and pasting is an essential skill for anyone who uses computers. It’s something most people don’t know how to do properly.
Copying and pasting on a Mac is simple and convenient, once you know the steps. Whether you’re using the built-in keyboard shortcuts or selecting blocks of text, mastering this skill will save you time and frustration.
Here’s a guide to copying and pasting on Macs.
Copying and pasting on a Mac is straightforward. To copy, simply select the text you want to copy and press Command+C. To paste, position your cursor where you want the copied text to go and press Command+V. You can also copy and paste blocks of text by selecting it first then pressing Command+C to copy, followed by Command+V to paste.
Select the content you want to copy.
Select the content you want to copy by dragging over it with your mouse. If you want to copy individual words or phrases, double-click to select it. Use the shortcut Command+A if you want to select an entire document or web page. Once your selection is made, press Command+C on your keyboard to copy the content.
Press Command (⌘) C to copy that content, or use Command+Option+C when you want to duplicate instead of cut/copy.
Once you have copied your content, move your cursor to where you want to paste it. Hold down the Command key (Command+V) and press V at the same time to paste the content. If you’re copying/pasting between different applications, advanced users may use Command+Option+V instead of Command+V, which gives you more options when pasting like preserving formatting or keeping things in the original format.
Place the cursor where you’d like the copied material inserted.
Before pressing the Command+V keystroke combination to paste your content, you should place your cursor at the point where you’d like the copied material inserted. If there is existing text or other content, it will be overwritten when you paste the copied text. Make sure the cursor is placed where you want the pasted material to go before pressing those two keys.
Then press Command (⌘)+V for the paste command, or if you selected “cut” in the first step, then it will be Command+Option+V for the paste command instead.
After you’ve made an edit, it’s time to paste it back into the document. To do that, press Command+C (or Command+X if you select “cut”) to make a copy of your edited text. This copies whatever is selected into the clipboard buffer and allows you to paste it elsewhere.