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Cut-and-Paste or Copy-and-Paste

When creating documents, cutting or copying material and pasting it to another area (or to multiple areas) can save you a lot of time.

There are three ways to cut or copy and paste material.  All three options are included here. There is no "best" way to perform these operations. Some students prefer to use drop down menus; others prefer to use control keys; and still others prefer to use the graphic toolbar icons.

The first step, before using any of the techniques mentioned, is to select or highlight the material you wish to alter.

Selecting or Highlighting material: Position the mouse at the beginning of the material, hold the left button down, and drag (move) the mouse to the end of the material you wish to select.  Lift your finger from the mouse button.  The highlighted material is now "selected" and ready to be "cut" or "copied."


Cut-and-Paste using the drop down menu:

1. Highlight (select) the material you wish to remove (cut) from the document.

2. Open the Edit menu from the Menu Bar.

3. Click on "Cut." The material will disappear.

4. Position the mouse at the location you wish to add the selected material, and click.

5. Open the Edit menu again.

6. Select "Paste" and click mouse.  Material is re-located to the new area.
 
If you want to just cut the material altogether, perform tasks 1-3 above, and material will disappear.


To Cut-and-Paste using Control Key:

1. Highlight the material you wish to remove (cut) from the document.

2. Hold the Control Key (<Ctrl>) down, and tap the "X" key.  The material will disappear.

3. Move the curser to the location where you wish to add the selected material, and click.

4. Hold the <Ctrl> key down, and tap the "V" key.

5. The material is relocated to the new area.


Cut-and-Paste using the Graphic Icons:

1. Highlight/select the material you wish to cut.

2. Position the curser over the "scissors" icon on the Standard Toolbar, and click.  The material will disappear.

3. Move the curser to the location where you wish to add the selected material, and click.

4. Move the curser to the "Clipboard" icon on the Standard toolbar, and click.

5. The material is relocated to the new area.


Copy-and-Paste using Pull-down Menus:

1. Select the material you wish to copy.

2. Click on "Edit" on the Menu Bar.  Open the drop-down menu.

3. Go to "Copy" and click.
 
4. Move the curser to the location where you want to copy the material.

5. Return to the Edit menu, and open the drop-down menu.

6. Click on "Paste."  Material is re-created at the new location.


Copy-and-Paste Using Control Key:

1. Select the material that you wish to copy to another area.

2. Hold the <Ctrl> key down, and tap the "C" key.

3. Move the curser to the area where you wish to copy the material.

4. Hold the <Ctrl> key down and tap the "V" key.

5. The material is now copied to the new location.


Copy-and-Paste using Graphic Icons:

         Important note: The "Paste" icon is the Clipboard, NOT the Brush icon.

1. Select the material you wish to copy.

2. Position the curser of the Copy icon on the Standard toolbar (looks like two pieces of paper with bent corners, and appears between the scissors and clipboard icons), and click.

3. Move the curser to the area where you wish to copy the selected material, and click.

4. Position the curser over the Paste icon on the Standard toolbar (looks like a clipboard), and click.

5. Material is now copied to the new location.


Repeat Paste

There are times when you may want to copy material to several different locations.  You may do this using any of the three techniques mentioned above, for cut-and-paste OR copy-and-paste.

Repeat Paste using Drop Down Menus:

1. After your intitial cut-and-paste or copy-and-paste, move the curser to the new area, and click.

2. Move the curser to "Edit" on the Menu bar, and click.

3. Go to "Repeat Paste" and click.  Material is copied again, to a new area.


Repeat Paste using Control Key:

1. After your intitial cut-and-paste or copy-and-paste, move the curser to the new area, and click.

2. Hold the <Ctrl> key down, and tap the "V" key again. The material is re-copied to the new location.


Repeat Pasting using Graphic Icons:

1. After your intitial cut-and-paste or copy-and-paste, move the curser to the new area, and click.

2. Move the curser over the Clipboard icon again, and click.  The material is re-copied to the new location.