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Cut, Copy and Paste

Text and objects such as pictures and tables can be rearranged in your Word document using the cut, copy and paste commands.

Cut and Paste

Cutting and pasting moves the text or object. When you cut something 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 want to cut
  2. Click the Cut button on the Standard toolbar Cut, or press Ctrl + X
  3. Select the destination area of the document and click the Paste button on the Standard toolbar Paste, or press Ctrl + V.

Copy and Paste

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

  1. Select the text or object you want to copy
  2. Click the Copy button on the Standard toolbar Copy, or press Ctrl + C
  3. Select the destination area of the document and click the Paste button, or press Ctrl + V.

It is possible to collect and paste multiple items in Word by using the Office clipboard. The clipboard can hold up to 24 items.

When pasting, the Paste Options Smart tag appears. Click this button to specify how the information is to be pasted. Options can include whether to Keep Source Formatting or Match Destination Formatting.

Paste options

Move and copy cells using the mouse

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

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

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