How To Copy And Paste On Mac: The Various Ways You Can Do This

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The copy and paste task may sound mundane but it is one of the most frequently used operations that we perform countless times on any OS. Be it copying any text from a webpage, adding content to MS Word or email, changing folder locations from one destination to another, the copy and paste task runs endlessly while using any device.

Copy And Paste On Mac
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Did you know you could use your keyboard, mouse as well as a trackpad to copy and paste on a Mac? Yes, you can either use keyboard shortcuts or use the right-click functionality on your mouse or simply perform a few gestures on your Mac’s keypad to do the copy and paste task on macOS. Out of all these ways, the most frequently used method is either using the keyboard shortcuts or by right-clicking and using the context menu options.

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How To Copy And Paste On Mac

List of Contents

  • How to Copy & Paste Using Keyboard Shortcuts?
  • Cut and Paste Using Keyboard Shortcuts:
  • How to Copy and Paste Using a Mouse?
  • How to Copy and Paste Using Trackpad?
  • Conclusion

Let’s quickly learn how to copy and paste on a Mac using keyboard shortcuts, mouse, and trackpad.

How to Copy & Paste Using Keyboard Shortcuts?

Just as we usually perform the copy and paste functionality on Windows by using the Control + C to copy and Control + V key combination to paste any file or folder, similarly macOS also offers you the same ease of access.

Select the text that you need to copy by using the mouse. You can also select text by holding down the Shift key and then using the up and down arrow keys to make your selection.

Copy & Paste Using Keyboard Shortcuts

After selecting the text that you need to copy, press the Command + C key combination on your keyboard. This will copy the selected content whether you’re copying text, file, folder, or any image.

Now head on to the destination folder where you need to move the selected file. Hit the Command + V key combination to paste the selected text, file, or folder.

copy the selected content

And that’s it, fellas!

Also, just remember that you can only copy one thing or a single item at a time using the Command + C key combination. As soon as you hit Command + C again, your previous selection will be replaced.

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Cut and Paste Using Keyboard Shortcuts:

Copied something by mistake? Want to undo? Well, in this case, you can make the most of the Cut option. As the Copy function allows you to retain a copy of the original text, file, or folder, the cut operation can be used to erase and get rid of the last selection if you copied something by mistake.

Cut and Paste Using Keyboard Shortcuts

To use Cut on Mac, press the Command + X key combination. Alternatively, you can also find the Cut option in the context menu after right-clicking on the selection.

Once you’re done, head on to the destination folder and press the Command + V keys to paste.

How to Copy and Paste Using a Mouse?

If you’re not too friendly with using the keyboard shortcuts then another alternative way to copy and paste on a Mac is by using the mouse. Here’s what you need to do.

Select the text, file, or folder that you need to copy. Right-click on your selection and then select the “Copy” option from the context menu that appears on the screen.

Copy and Paste Using a Mouse

Now head on to the destination folder where you need to paste the file or folder. Right-click anywhere using your mouse’s cursor and select “Paste”. You can also find the Paste option in the Edit menu on Mac.

mouse’s cursor

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How to Copy and Paste Using Trackpad?

Another intuitive way to copy and paste on a Mac is by using the trackpad. Yes, it may sound a bit tricky but once you get used to it, you can use this method to quickly copy and paste any file or folder on macOS. Here’s what you need to do.

Copy and Paste Using Trackpad

First, select the text, file, or folder that you need to copy using the Trackpad or mouse.

Now tap anywhere on the Trackpad with two fingers to launch the Context menu. Tapping on the trackpad using two fingers will fire up the context menu on Mac.

Select “Copy”.

Head on to the destination folder, place the cursor at any empty space, and then hit on the trackpad again using two fingers. From the context menu that appears on the screen, select “Paste”.

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Conclusion

Here was a step-by-step guide on how to copy and paste on a Mac using keyboard shortcuts, mouse, and trackpad. You can use any of the above-listed methods to easily copy any file, folder, text, or image on macOS.

Which method do you usually prefer to copy and paste on a Mac? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments space.

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