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Copying and pasting text

When browsing the web, you might want to copy some text or a URL to add to a document or for safe keeping.

Just as in any electronic document, you can use your mouse to highlight portions of text.

Copying text

  1. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the cursor across some of the text on this page.
  2. Let go of the left mouse button.
  3. Place the cursor over a section of the highlighted text.
  4. Click the right mouse button.
  5. Select Copy from the short contextual menu that appears.

Alternatively, you can copy all the text on a page by using the browser menu at the top of the browser window. Go to Edit > Select All to highlight it, then Edit > Copy.

Keyboard users can press Ctrl and A to select all the text on a page, then Ctrl and C to copy the text.

After you have selected 'Copy', your text will then be on the 'Clipboard' and is ready to be 'Pasted' into a document.

Pasting text

To paste the copied text into a document

  1. open a new blank Word document or similar
  2. click your cursor in the place where you want the text to be pasted
  3. right click the mouse
  4. select Paste from the contextual menu.

Keyboard users can press Ctrl and V after step 1.