Dwight Watt - Newspaper article #28 10/7/2009
Question: What is difference between Copy and Paste and Cut and Paste?
Copy and Paste is when you have something in your document (or other type file) and want in a second location in addition to staying where it is. This second location could be in the same document or a different document.
Cut and Paste is when you have something in your document (or other type file) and want to move it to a different location and no longer have it in the original location. This different location could be in the same document or a different document.
For instance when doing the above paragraphs I typed the first one and then copied and pasted it to a second paragraph and made the changes in the second, but notice they are similar.
Most often people want to use Copy and Paste as they want to use the information in a second (or more) spot(s) in addition to the first.
When you do either you are putting the information on the Windows Clipboard and then pasting from it. You can only store one thing at a time on the Windows Clipboard and anything on the Windows Clipboard is lost when you shutdown windows (including the PC).
Both terms are from when we did stuff on paper and we would either cut something out of an article and literally paste (Elmer’s Glue was common) the cutout part in another article. We could do copy and paste, but you had to make a copy on a copier and work from it to leave the original intact. Both work much better on the computer and these are one of the most valuable items of word processing in my opinion (my most valuable being spell checker).
You can do either by choosing the area (usually by left clicking and holding down the mouse button and dragging across area, letting go) and while pointing in the highlighted area right click your mouse and choose Copy or Paste from the menu. Instead of right clicking you could go to the Edit menu and choose Copy or Paste or as a third way you could use CTRL and X to Cut or CTRL and C to Copy the area highlighted.
Then go to where you want to add the information (can be in a different program) and right click the mouse and choose Paste or go to the Edit menu and choose Paste or click CTRL and V.
(c) 2009 by Dwight Watt
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