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How To Copy and Paste

A quick and easy How-To

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Copying and pasting code or any other text is a pretty simple operation and on this page I'll show you a few of the various ways you can do it......

To start off I'll have you copy the text between the two blue dots and paste it into the text box below it. Place your cursor at the beginning of the line that you want to copy (in this case, between the first blue dot image and the word "Today"), then hold down on your left mouse button (I'm assuming you're using a Windows machine) and "drag" your cursor (with the left mouse button held down) to the end of the text you wish to copy. After you've dragged your cursor to the end of the word 'Saturday' you can release your mouse button. The entire sentence should now be highlighted and ready to copy. If not, try repeating this first step again.

Now right click on the highlighted area and from the menu choose "Copy". Next place your cursor in the text box below the line you just copied and right click your mouse again, this time choosing "Paste" from the menu.

Today is Saturday.

Viola! The words you copied should now be in the box.

Next lesson is just a slight variation of the first. After you get the text highlighted press the 'Ctrl' and 'C' keys on your keyboard simultaneously. This will copy the highlighted area. Then, once you've placed your cursor in the text box again, press the 'Ctrl' and the 'V' keys at the same time to paste.

Today is Saturday.

And there you have it. Same results, just a different method of achieving them. Use whichever is more comfortable for you, or a combination of the two. It matters not.

What if you have a large block of text to copy, such as some of the code here on this site? There is an easier way to highlight a large block rather than dragging your cursor over it.

Let's use these three paragraphs as an example. You can either drag your cursor over the entire area while holding down on the left mouse button, or you could try it this way.

Put your cursor in front of the words "What if....", then hold down on the 'Shift' key. Keep the 'Shift' key depressed while you move your cursor to the end of the section you wish to copy, then left click after "...text box below." The entire paragraph should now be highlighted, so try copying it and placing it in the text box below.

This comes in handy if the content you wish to copy takes up more than a single screen without scrolling. Just click the mouse where you want to start, depress and hold the 'Shift' key, use the scrollbar to reach the end and left click the mouse again. Presto!

One last note.....If you'd like to copy the entire page in one fell swoop just put your cursor anywhere on the page, press 'Ctrl' + 'A' to highlight everything, then copy. This works for web pages, code saved in a text editor, or even a resume or other document.

And to confuse you even more, you could also select 'Edit' from your browser's toolbar, then 'Select All' to obtain the same results. Play around with it and find what works best for you....

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