Copy, move, or paste text

ShowCut, copy, or paste text to or from the Clipboard

To cut or copy selected text to the Clipboard, select the text, and then press CTRL+X to cut, or CTRL+C to copy. To copy all text in a shape to the Clipboard, double-click the shape to enter text-edit mode and select all the text, and then press CTRL+C. To paste text from the Clipboard into a shape that has no existing text, or to replace existing text in a shape, select the shape, and then press CTRL+V. To paste text from the Clipboard into a shape that has existing text without replacing the existing text, double-click the shape to enter text-edit mode, click to place the insertion point within the existing text, and then press CTRL+V. To repeat pasting text, press F4.

ShowCopy or move text within a text block by dragging

Select the text that you want to copy or move. Do one of the following:

To move the selected text, drag it to a new position within the text block. To copy the selected text and leave the original text in position, press CTRL and drag the selected text to the new location.

ShowCopy or move text from one shape to another by dragging

Select the text that you want to copy or move.Do one of the following:

To move the selected text, drag it to the other shape. To copy the selected text and leave the original in position, press CTRL and drag the selected text to the other shape.

Do one of the following:

To replace all existing text in the other shape, move the mouse over it until you see a bounding box around the shape, and then release the mouse button. Shape with bounding box around it

When you see a bounding box around the shape, you can replace all existing shape text by pasting.

To paste the new text without replacing the existing text in the other shape, move the mouse over the shape until the bounding box disappears. Place the insertion point where you want the text to go, and then release the mouse button. To create a new text-only shape to contain the text, move the mouse pointer over a blank spot on the page, and then release the mouse pointer.

ShowCopy or move text from one drawing page to another by dragging

Select the text that you want to copy or move.Drag the text to the page tab of the page where you want to paste the text.When the page opens, do one of the following:

To move the selected text, drag it to a shape on the page. To copy the selected text and leave the original in position, press CTRL and drag the selected text to the shape.

Do one of the following:

To replace all existing text in the other shape, move the mouse over it until you see a bounding box around the shape, and then release the mouse button. Shape with bounding box around it

When you see a bounding box around the shape, you can replace all existing shape text by pasting.

To paste the new text without replacing the existing text in the other shape, move the mouse over the shape until the bounding box disappears. Place the insertion point where you want the text, and then release the mouse button. To create a new text-only shape to contain the text, move the mouse pointer over a blank spot on the page, and then release the mouse pointer.

ShowCopy and paste text without applied formatting

Select the text you want to copy. On the Edit menu, click Copy. Select the shape in which you want to paste the unformatted text. On the Edit menu, click Paste Special. Click Unformatted Unicode Text, and then click OK.

ShowMove text from Microsoft Office Visio into another program by dragging

Select the text in Visio that you want to move into the other program. Drag the text onto the other program's icon in the taskbar.

 Note   To copy the text into another program and not delete it from Visio, press CTRL before you release the mouse button.

When the other program's window opens, position the text where you want it and release the mouse button.

 Tip   You can use the same method to copy or move text from another program into Visio, or from one instance of Visio into another.