Cut/Copy and Paste Text

Moving pieces of text around within a file is referred to as cut and paste. This is one of the most valuable tools that the Microsoft Windows operating system offers. Here are some of the situations where you might use this feature of Windows:

1. Copying text from the internet and pasting into a word processing document or e-mail.

2. Moving text from one part of a document to another part of a document.

3. Copying formulas (as in Excel) from one cell to another.

First letís understand the 3 terms Cut, Copy and Paste. The Cut function removes the text and stores it in memory. This works great in word processing but is ineffective on the internet. You canít remove the text from a web page. The Copy process stores the selected text in memory but leaves the original text in its original place. The Paste function brings the text out of memory and inserts in into any program that you would normally type into (mainly word processors and e-mail programs).

The Cut, Copy and Paste functions are a four-stage process:

1. Select the text you want to Cut or Copy. This is best done by positioning your mouse at the beginning of the text, holding down the left mouse button and dragging the mouse to the end of the text you want to select.

2. Select either the Cut or Copy function. You can find these functions under the top level Edit menu. Keyboard shortcuts are Ctrl-X for Cut and Ctrl-C for Copy.

3. Move the cursor to where you want to paste the text into the file.

4. Paste the text into the file using the function in the top level Edit menu or Ctrl-V.

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