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Cut, Copy and Paste

You can move or copy in PowerPoint by cutting or copying the text or objects and then pasting it to its new location.

Cut and Paste

Cutting and pasting moves the text or object. When you cut content, it is removed from its location and placed on a clipboard (a temporary storage area). It can then be pasted to another location.

  1. Select the text or object you wish to cut
  2. Click the Cut button on the Standard toolbar Cut button, or press Ctrl + X
  3. Select the slide you wish to move the content to and click the Paste button on the Standard toolbar Paste button, or press Ctrl + V.

Copy and Paste

Copying and pasting copies the text or object. When you copy content it remains in its location and is placed on the clipboard. It can then be pasted to another location.

  1. Select the text or object you wish to copy
  2. Click the Copy button on the Standard toolbar Copy button, or press Ctrl + C
  3. Select the slide you wish to move the content to and click the Paste button on the Standard toolbar, or press Ctrl + V

The clipboard can hold up to 24 items, so it is possible to collect and paste multiple items in PowerPoint.

When pasting, the Paste Options Smart tag will appear. Click this button to specify how the information is to be pasted. Options can include to keep the source formatting or match the destination formatting.

Paste options smart tag

Move and copy content using a mouse

Using the mouse is faster and more streamline than using cut, copy and paste.

  1. Select the text or object you want to move or copy
  2. Click and drag the content to its new location. To copy the text or object, hold down the Ctrl key whilst dragging ensuring to release the mouse button before the Ctrl key.

Moving a placeholder

Content can also be dragged to a different presentation, if it is open when dragging.

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