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How to Copy and Paste on Mac [Best Methods]

Copy and paste are one of the most basic and useful computer shortcuts. It saves your time and ensures that all your text and images are protected in their original form.

There are various ways to copy and paste on your Mac, and understanding them will help you get the best out of it, no matter what you want to copy and paste. And copying and pasting are the same across all Mac devices.

In this article, we will see how to copy and paste on Mac all in various ways. Also, how to do it across different Apple devices.

How You Can Copy and Paste with Keyboard Shortcuts on Mac

Press Command+C to copy a text, picture, or any file on your Mac. It can be done by selecting the required items and pressing this key combination.

Press Command+X to cut a text or file. This combination can be used when you want to delete an item after you have pasted it into a different location.

Press Command+V to paste a text, picture, or file you have copied or cut. 

And Press Shift + Command + V to paste the items without formatting. You can add the Option key to the combo if that does not work.

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How Can You Copy and Paste Text on Mac Without Formatting

The function of copying and pasting can save the text formatting style. Yet, this might be irritating when you have different formatting styles in the documents you are working on.

Pasting text with the previous formatting style can be avoided in many cases. And for this, you will require the Shift key.

By following these steps, you can paste text on your Mac without the style formatting:

Step 1: First, choose the text that you want to copy.

Step 2: Next, click on Command + C for copying and Command+X to cut it.

Step 3: Then, go to the location where you want to set the text.

Step 4: Put the cursor where you want to place your text.

Step 5: Finally, click on Shift+Command+V to paste the text on your Mac.

Many people know and use only the command shortcuts listed above, but there are a few other alternatives too.

Cut and Paste by Using Mouse

Step 1: First, select the text you wish to copy (to do this, you can either double-click on a word or click and drag to choose more).

Step 2: Next, right, click on the selected text.

Step 3: Then, choose Cut or Copy as required from the options.

Step 4: Finally, right, click on the place where you want to paste the text and then choose Paste.

Cut and Paste by Using the Menu

Step 1: First, choose the text or image that you want to copy.

Step 2: Then go to the top of the menu bar and click on Edit.

Step 3: Next, from the drop-down menu, choose either Cut or Copy.

Step 4: Finally right, click where you want to paste the text and select Paste from the menu.

How Can Copy and Paste A Link on Mac

If you wish to copy and paste some links, then instead of using a simple text from a text document, you can use the context menu once again.

By following these four steps, you can easily copy and paste a link on your Mac:-

Step 1: First, you must right-click on the link in your document.

Step 2: Next, choose the Copy link URL option in the context menu.

Step 3: Place the cursor on the place where you wish to paste that link.

Step 4: Finally, click on the Command+V shortcut or just right-click and choose Paste from the context menu.

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How Can You Copy and Paste Text and Images Between Apple Devices

Since the Mac OS was launched in 2016, users can copy text and images from their Mac computer and paste them to iPhone or iPad and vice-versa.

And to use this option, you just need to log in to your iCloud account on both devices. And the process is as easy as it sounds. This is what you need to do:

Step 1: First, choose the text or image on your Mac.

Step 2: Then click on Command+C to copy it.

Step 3: Next open the application on your iPhone or iPad where you want to paste the item.

Step 4: And then click on the screen and then choose Paste.

The procedure for copying and pasting any item from your iPhone to your Mac is the same. First, you must copy the item on your iPhone, open a document on your Mac and finally click on the Command+V shortcut.

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This article taught us various shortcut keys to copy and paste different items on your Mac. These keys are as listed below:-

  • Copy and Paste with keyboard shortcuts on your Mac.
  • Copy and Paste text on your Mac without formatting.
  • Copy and Paste using Mouse and Menu on your Mac.
  • Copy and Paste a link on your Mac.
  • Copy and Paste between your Apple devices.

You can copy and paste your various files, folders, images, videos, etc. And if you can master these keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste, you can simply navigate quicker than using the menu options.

Jeh Dixit
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Jeh Dixit, a tech blogger with over six years of experience, is renowned for writing insightful how-to's, error-solving guides, and reviews. Having contributed to major tech sites, his expertise and passion for technology shine through his well-written content on GetThatTech.


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