Cut Copy Paste

Cut, Copy, and Paste actions

"Cut", "Copy", and "Paste" are convenient features to use on the computer. You can create text and data efficiently using these features.

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What are Cut, Copy, and Paste?

You can temporarily store text and images on the computer, and then paste them in a different location. The place where data is temporarily stored is called the "Clipboard".

"Cut" means to cut out text and images and temporarily store them in the Clipboard.
"Copy" means to copy text and images and temporarily store them in the Clipboard.
"Paste" means to paste the text and images stored in the Clipboard into a location you have specified.
Data you "Cut" is moved from its original location to the location where you want to paste it. When you "Copy", data that is the same as the copy source is copied to the location where you want to paste it.

Tip: Advantages of using Cut and Copy

Doctor Using "Cut" when revising your writing and using "Copy" when you want to enter the same content repeatedly is convenient, but they are also convenient features when you want to create error-free documents. When you particularly want to avoid data input errors or mistakes in conversion, such as the names of people and companies, you can reliably create a correct document if you cut or copy the necessary part from an e-mail or other document rather than re-entering the text yourself.

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Let's cut and paste text

Let's cut some text and paste it in another location.
In this example, we'll explain the operation in Word.

Review: Start Word

Doctor See "Let's start and quit Word" for how to start Word.
  1. Enter the following sentence into a document.

Enter sentence

  1. Drag to select the range of text that you want to cut.

Drag to select the range of text that you want to cut

  1. Click the (Cut button) (Cut button) in Clipboard on the Home tab.

Click the Paste button

Tip: Keyboard Shortcut

Doctor Instead of clicking the (Cut button) (Cut button), you can also perform a cut by pressing the X key while holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
  1. The selected text is cut and stored in the Clipboard.

The selected text is cut

  1. Click the location where you want to paste.

Click the location where you want to paste

  1. Click the (Paste button) (Paste button) in Clipboard on the Home tab.

Click the Paste button

Tip: Keyboard Shortcut

Doctor Instead of clicking the (Paste button) (Paste button), you can also perform a paste by pressing the V key while holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
  1. The text stored in the Clipboard is pasted.

Text is pasted

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Let's copy and paste text

Let's copy text and paste it in a different location.

  1. Drag to select the range of text you want to copy.

Drag to select the range of text you want to copy

  1. Click the Copy button (Copy button) in Clipboard on the Home tab.

Click the Copy button

Tip: Keyboard Shortcut

Doctor Instead of clicking the Copy button (Copy button), you can also perform a copy by pressing the C key while holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
  1. The selected text is copied and stored in the Clipboard.

There is no change in the condition of the screen.

Selected text is copied

  1. Click the location where you want to paste.

Click the location where you want to paste

  1. [Click the (Paste button) (Paste button) in Clipboard on the Home tab.

Click the Paste button

Tip: Keyboard Shortcut

Doctor Instead of clicking the (Paste button) (Paste button), you can also perform a paste by pressing the V key while holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard.
  1. The text stored in the Clipboard is pasted.

Text is pasted

  1. If necessary, enter more text.

Enter text

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Tip: Paste options

Doctor

When you perform a paste, Paste Options button is displayed.
This button is called the Paste Options button, and when you click it, you can select options for pasting the content of the Clipboard.

Click the Paste Options button

The options shown vary according to the type and content of data to be pasted. Select options as necessary.

Tip: Office Clipboard

Doctor

You can save multiple pieces of data in the Office Clipboard. For example, you can copy an e-mail address in Outlook, a figure in Excel, a graph or drawing in PowerPoint, and paste all of them into one document.

You can open the Office Clipboard by clicking the start tool in the Clipboard dialog box in Clipboard on the Home tab (in Outlook on the Message tab).

Open the Office Clipboard

Each item is shown as an icon so that you can check from which application the item was copied to the Clipboard.

Click the item to paste it.

Paste item

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Applies to:
Office 2010, 2007 Office System