How to Cut, Copy and Paste on Mac – 3 Easy Ways

The option to cut, copy, and paste electronic content is quintessential to the transfer of data present in our devices. Without this option, our devices would be merely vessels of storage; this option makes them portals of information. 

Cut, copy, and paste commands enable you to duplicate and transfer content from various sources within the same device and to other devices, making your work easier and enhancing productivity. 

On Mac devices, there are three easy ways to cut/paste and copy/paste content.

First, select the relevant content. 

Bring the cursor to the beginning point of the content. Click and hold down on the center of the trackpad with one finger while you simultaneously click on the left side of the touchpad and drag the cursor along with the content with your index finger. The selected content will be highlighted inside a selection box.  Alternatively, you can place the cursor over the content and double click on it to select it. Once the content has been selected, you can apply the cut/copy/paste commands to it. 

1. USE THE COMMAND KEYS 

Some relevant keyboard shortcuts that you would need to use include:

Command+X: Cut

Command+C: Copy

Command+V: Paste

Command+A: Select All

Command+Z: Undo

To Cut/Paste

Press Command+X to cut the selected content.

Bring the cursor to where the content is to be placed.

Press Command+V to paste the content to the new location. 

To Copy/Paste

Press Command+C to copy the selected content.

Bring the cursor to where the content is to be placed.

Press Command+V to paste the content to the new location. 

2. USE THE EDIT OR HOME MENU

On the Edit or Home menu, click on the cut or copy option.

Bring the cursor to where the content is to be placed.

Click on the paste option to paste the content to the new location. 

3. USE THE TRACKPAD 

Press two fingers down on the trackpad. A drop box with cut and paste options will appear. Drag the cursor to the option you want to select and click on it. 

You can select the formatting for the paste option as required. 

These are the three simple ways to cut, copy and paste content on a Mac. As you become familiar with your device, you can start exploring how to apply these functions to various content, apps, and devices and include more keyboard shortcuts in the process.   

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