How to copy and paste on a Mac

How to copy and paste on a mac

Copy and paste has become one of those computer functions that we all take for granted. And most of us would assume that every computer would use the same methods for carrying out those tasks. Unfortunately not, which is probably why you’re here. Like most functions on a computer there are usually multiple ways in which each function can be performed. Copy and paste is no different. I’m going to show you how to copy and paste on your Mac using your mouse or trackpad, and also by using shortcuts on your keyboard.

Copy and paste on a Mac using the mouse

  1. Start by highlighting the text you want to copy
  2. Now hold down the control (Ctrl) button on the keyboard
  3. Click on the mouse button to show the contextual menu
  4. Select copy from the contextual menu
  5. Place your cursor to where you want to paste your text
  6. And again hold the control (Ctrl) button on the keyboard
  7. Click the mouse button to show the contextual menu
  8. In the contextual menu select paste

Copy and paste on a Mac using the trackpad

  1. Start by highlighting the text you want to copy
  2. Tap the trackpad with two fingers to show the contextual menu
  3. Select copy from the contextual menu
  4. Place your cursor to where you want to paste your text
  5. Tap the trackpad again with two fingers to show the contextual menu
  6. From the contextual menu select paste

Copy and paste on a Mac using keyboard shortcuts

  1. Start by highlighting the text you want to copy
  2. Hold the command ⌘ key and then press C key to copy
  3. Place your cursor to where you want to paste your text
  4. Hold down the command ⌘ key and then press V key to paste

Now you have mastered copy and paste for your Mac, have a look at the following 25 basic keyboard shortcuts, followed by a YouTube tutorial that will save you tonnes of hours while on your computer.

To use one of these keyboard shortcuts, press and hold one or more modifier keys and then press the last key of the shortcut. For example, to use Command-C (copy), press and hold the Command key, then the C key, then release both keys. Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys, including modifier keys:

  • Command (or Cmd) ⌘
  • Shift ⇧
  • Option (or Alt) ⌥
  • Control (or Ctrl) ⌃
  • Caps Lock ⇪
  • Fn
  1. ⌘C = Copy
  2. ⌘V = Paste
  3. ⌘X = Cut
  4. ⌘A = Select all
  5. ⌘Z = Undo
  6. ⌘⇧Z = Redo
  7. ⌘Tab = Switch programs
  8. ⌘` = Next window in current program
  9. ⌘W = Close window
  10. ⌘N = New window/document
  11. ⌘S = Save document
  12. ⇧⌘S = Save document as…
  13. ⌘O = Open document
  14. ⌘P = Print document
  15. ⌘Q = Quit program
  16. ⌘Spacebar = Open Spotlight
  17. ⌘⇧N = Create new Folder
  18. ⌘Delete = Delete Files
  19. ⌘⇧Delete = Empty Trash
  20. ⌘, = Open Preferences
  21. ⌘←, ⌘→ = Move to start/end of line
  22. ⌘↑, ⌘↓ = Move to top/bottom of document
  23. ⌘⇧3 = Capture entire screen
  24. ⌘⇧4 = Capture custom area
  25. ⌘⇧4 Spacebar = Capture window

For the complete list of shortcuts you can visit
https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201236

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