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Cut, Copy, and Paste

How to Cut, Copy, and Paste in Google Docs

Cut, Copy, and Paste

You can move or copy text in a document by cutting or copying a selection and then pasting the text in a new location. You can cut, copy, and paste any item—like pictures, shapes, or tables—not just text.

Cutting or copying an item places it in a special area called the Clipboard, which stores data temporarily until it can be placed somewhere else.

Copy and Paste

Copying text lets you duplicate the selected text so it can be used somewhere else.

  1. Select the text you want to copy.
  2. Click Edit on the menu bar.
  3. Select Copy.
    Cut, Copy, and Paste

    A copy of the selected text is placed in the Clipboard.

    Press Ctrl + C.

  4. Click where you want to paste the text.
  5. Click Edit on the menu bar.
  6. Select Paste.
  7. Press Ctrl + V.

    Cut, Copy, and Paste

The text you copied is duplicated in the new location.

Cut and Paste

When you cut text, it is removed from its original location and placed in the Clipboard.

  1. Select the text you want to cut.
  2. Click Edit on the menu bar.
  3. Select Cut.
  4. Press Ctrl + X.

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  5. Click where you want to paste the text.
  6. Click Edit on the menu bar.
  7. Select Paste.
  8. Cut, Copy, and Paste

Move with Drag and Drop

You can also move text around in a document by simply clicking and dragging selected text.

  1. Select the text you want to move.
  2. Click and drag the text to a new location in the document.
  3. Cut, Copy, and Paste

The selected text is moved to where you dragged it.

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