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Moving and Copying Text in Microsoft Word

Word enables you to cut and paste blocks of text from one part of a document to another. When you cut a selected portion of text, the text is removed from the document and placed on the Clipboard, a temporary storage area. When you paste text, a copy of the text on the Clipboard is placed into the document. The cut piece of text remains on the Clipboard until another block of text is placed on the Clipboard or until you shut down your computer. As long as the text remains on the clipboard, you can continue to paste the same text in different locations throughout your document.


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Cut Copy and Paste Text



Word also enables you to copy and paste text from one part of the document to another. When you copy a selected portion of text, a duplicate of the text is placed on the Clipboard, but the text is not removed from the document. As when cutting and pasting text, you can continue to paste the same portion of text throughout the document as long as the text remains on the Clipboard.

To move text quickly over a short distance, you can select the text and then drag it to the desired location. As you drag, the selection appears to stay in its original position, and the mouse pointer becomes an arrow with a shaded box and insertion point drops down line by line on the page as you drag down (or the reverse if you drag up). The shaded box represents the selected text. You position the insertion point at the desired location in the document. When you release the mouse button, the text moves to its new position. This method is called drag-and-drop editing.

You can also drag to copy text. To do this, you hold down the Ctrl key as you drag the selection to an additional location.

 


Method to Copy and Paste Text

 

To move text:

Cut and paste method

  1. Select the text.
  2. On the Clipboard group on the Home tab, click the Cut button.
    or
  3. Right click and choose Cut.
  4. Place the insertion point where you want the text to be inserted.
  5. On the Clipboard group on the Home tab, click the Paste button.
    or
  6. Right click and choose Paste.

Drag-and-drop editing method

  1. Select the text.
  2. Drag the selected text, placing the mouse pointer’s insertion point at the desired location.

 

To copy text:


Copy and paste method

  1. Select the text.
  2. On the Clipboard group on the Home tab, click the Copy button.
    or
  3. Right click and choose Copy.
  4. Place the insertion point where you want the text to be inserted.
  5. On the Clipboard group on the Home tab, click the Paste button.
    or
  6. Right click and choose Paste.

Drag-and-drop editing method

  1. Select the text.
  2. Press and hold the Ctrl key as you drag the selected text, placing the mouse pointer’s gray line at the desired location.


Also see Modifying Page Breaks in Word.



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