Sometimes, things are written in the wrong place. Fortunately, there are means of moving them if they happened to be written using a computer. These processes are relatively very simple and are so commonly used that the shortcuts are right next to each other on the keyboard. For today’s tip, we’ll review how you can cut, copy and paste content in effectively any program you use.
Once you have your content selected, all you have to do is press two keys.
To cut a word or phrase from one place in your content, press Ctrl + X. To copy this content instead, keeping the original and duplicating it elsewhere, press Ctrl + C. Pasting your content is just as simple. With the place you want the content added selected, press Ctrl + V. This will insert your content where you want.
If you happen to be copying and pasting from a website to another document, it may not be a bad idea to paste it without bringing any formatting from the website over. Otherwise, it is apt to look funny on your documents. Pasting without formatting is almost as simple as regular pasting, you just add another keystroke in the middle: Ctrl + Shift + V.
Of course, any of the tasks can be accomplished with the mouse alone. Right clicking on a word, an image or a group of selected text will bring up a menu that includes all the above options. However, your cursor is generally more accurate than the mouse, so you may have to undo your efforts by pressing Ctrl + Z a few times before it’s right.
Real World Example:
Let’s say you want to send a webpage link to someone in an email or instant message. In your web browser, click the address bar to highlight the URL. Hold down Ctrl and press C. Then, go into your email or instant messenger, click where you want to paste the URL and hold down Ctrl and press V.
Whichever you use, it’s bound to be more time-efficient than rewriting anything that needs to go in a different spot. Check back at our blog so you can stay up to date with our tech tips!