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Thursday, October 18th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks

Let’s Refresh

Today’s quick tip may seem a little basic for some of you, but I think a lot of you out there will appreciate this. I get e-mails and even phone calls all the time about such procedures like copy, paste and cut. Since I receive so many requests about those things, I thought it would be a good idea to take a step back and go over them one more time. So, if you ever have trouble doing those little tasks, listen up, because this tip is dedicated to you! We’ll go over the basics of copying, pasting, cutting and maybe even a couple others. Here we go!

Let’s begin with copying. There are a couple different ways you can copy something on your computer. Both are pretty easy to do, so you’ll just have to decide which one you prefer. But, before you can do anything else, you have to figure out what you want to copy. Once you’ve done that, click your mouse button, hold it down and drag it over what you’d like to copy. It will then be highlighted. You can then either right click and choose Copy or you can hit Ctrl + C on your keyboard. Next up is the paste function. This always comes after the copy, because you have to have something copied so that you can paste it. Go to where you’d like to paste your material (in an e-mail, a Word document, etc.) and click your mouse once. Then you can either right click and choose Paste or hit Ctrl + V on your keyboard. That’s all there is to that!

Some of the other commands you all sometimes ask about are cut and undo. I promise both of these functions are rather simple too, so let’s go over them right now. If you ever want to cut something out (a portion of text, a picture, etc.) of what you’re working on, all you have to do is highlight it and then you can either right click and choose Cut or hit Ctrl + X on your keyboard. That part of your document will then disappear. Now, what if you’re working on something and you make a mistake? You probably want to undo it, right? Well, the easiest way to do that is to hit Ctrl + Z on your keyboard. That combination will automatically undo what you just did. Cool, huh?! Yep, just a couple mouse clicks or a few taps on your keyboard will take you a long way!

~ Erin

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