How to Copy and Paste on Mac? Helpful Guides for New Mac Users

How to Copy and Paste on Mac? Helpful Guides for New Mac Users
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Tripboba.com - If you are a new user of Mac who is more familiar to use Windows PC, you are probably questioning how to copy and paste on Mac. Copy and paste on Mac has little difference from the Windows. 

In this article, we will explain detailed how to copy and paste on Mac and also how to copy-paste across Apple devices

1. How to copy and paste on a Mac

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Since Mac is different from other devices, copy and paste text in pages is also different. Here is the tutorial on how to copy and paste on Mac:

Step 1. Select the text you desire to copy

Step 2. Then, choose "Edit" and "Copy: under the "Edit" menu at the top of your screen. If you want to remove the text from the original location, choose "Edit" and then "Cut"

Step 3. Point the cursor in the location where you want to place the text. 

Step 4. Then, select "Edit" and "Paste" if you want to paste the text with its original formatting. Click "Paste and Match Style" if you want to adjust the style of the text.

The paste and match style is very useful to avoid messy text after you copy. You can use a command where it can make sure the pasted text follows the formatting or paragraph it is joining.

Besides, go to the Edit drop-down menu, you can also use a keyboard shortcut by pressing Cmd+Shift+V, but it can be different in several apps.

2. How to copy and paste on Mac keyboard

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You can actually use your keyboard to copy and paste on your Mac device. So, the steps on how to copy and paste on Mac are as follows.

Step 1. Highlight the text you want to copy

Step 2. Press Cmd+C to copy the text or Cmd+X to remove the text from the previous place.

Step 3. Then, pointer the cursor in the new location where you want to place the text. After that, press Cmd+V.

Alternatives Option on how to copy and paste on Mac

While some people usually use the Cmd shortcuts like the above instructions, there are other alternatives. Here is how to do so:

Step 1. Highlight the text you want to copy

Step 2. Then, right-click and choose copy or cut. Do right click by pressing the trackpad with two fingers. This will prompt a drop-down menu.

Step 3. Pointer the cursor in the place where you want to paste the text, then right-click and choose paste.

3. How to copy and paste on Mac with Universal Clipboard

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Copy and paste between Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac is easy by using Universal Clipboard. We will show you how to do it. But beforehand, you need to know more about Universal Clipboard.

Universal Clipboard is a feature on macOS Sierra or later on your Mac and iOS 10 on iPhone or iPad. Before you can use this feature, you have to activate Universal Clipboard.

If you use Mac, please enable the Handoff feature that you can find in "System Preferences" then "General" and find a tick box marked "Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices".

You need to enable the WiFi and Bluetooth on the devices you want to use, and they should be connected to the same WiFi network. Both devices must also be logged into the same iCloud account.

4. How to copy and paste a screenshot on Mac

Before you want to copy and paste a screenshot, you should know first how to capture a screenshot. It is usually as easy as you do it on a PC. Follow the below instructions on how to capture a portion of the screen

Step 1. Press Command-shift-4 to alter the pointer to a crosshair

Step 2. Move and drag the cursor to choose the area of a screen you want to capture

Step 3. After pressing the mouse button, then the screenshot will be saved as a PNG image on your desktop.

Now here is how to copy and paste on Mac for screenshot:

Step 1. Once you have done capturing, select the application as a place where you want to insert the captured image, for example, Word, Skype, or Outlook.

Step 2. Directly, press Command-V to paste the screenshot on the desired place

If you want to capture the entire screen, you can use a keyboard shortcut. Here is the way:

Step 1. Hold Command=Shift-3 to capture the screenshot of the whole screen

Step 2. The result will be saved in the forms of a PNG image on your desktop.

Step 3. Then, choose the targeted application where you want to insert the captured image such as Word, Outlook, etc.

Step 4. Last, press Command-V on your keyboard to paste the screenshot.

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