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Copying, Cutting and Pasting
Copying, cutting, pasting
Computers cannot turn water into wine.  At heart, they are simple creatures - copying and pasting are among the things they do best. The cleverness of  Windows lies in its ability to let you copy and paste between (guess what) windows - i.e. between different programs or documents.  For example, a real-life question:
Q. "How do I convert an email into a Word document?"
A. "You don't.  You keep your email and a blank Word document open, select and copy the text of the email and paste it into the Word document."
It's as simple as X,C,V
Learn these keyboard commands and use them - it's much quicker than using toolbars, menus and the mouse. You have to select something first - if it's a picture or file, click on it, if it's text, select the text you need with the cursor (or better still by using Ctrl+Shift+L/R arrows).

Ctrl X = cut
Ctrl C = copy
Ctrl V = paste

Don't bother wondering why "V" stands for "paste".  The point is, it's next to C on the keyboard, and since most copying operations are followed by a paste operation, that makes pretty good sense.  If it really bothers you, read a posting to alt.folkore.computers called Why Ctrl-V for paste

There is a difference between cut and delete. 

Delete - using the delete key, chucks away whatever you deleted. 
Cut -  removes the object from the document or open window, but puts it on a "clipboard", ready for you to paste it back somewhere (shift+delete does the same thing). There is only room for ONE cut item on the clipboard - in other words, whatever you cut last will be the thing you get back.  

Particularly If you are working with large blocks of text or objects, it is wise to use COPY + PASTE rather than cut and paste. Copy the thing you want to cut, paste it wherever you want it, then go back and delete the unwanted original.  You have to be pretty sober and confident to cut 3,000 words and know that you will not under any circumstances press cut again before you paste.  


Updated Sunday November 11, 2001 4:29 PM


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