How to paste something on a mac

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Move it to another place in the same document, or move to a new program, such as Safari or TextEdit. Press the "V" key while still holding the "Command" key, then let go of both. This pastes the object.

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Select what you want to copy. Click a single object, like a file, or highlight text if you want to copy that. To highlight text, place the cursor at the beginning of the text, then click and hold while you drag the cursor to the end of the text you need. Alternatively, hold the "Shift" key down and navigate with the arrow keys to highlight text.

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Bring up the editing options for the highlighted object. One way to do this is to click the "Edit" menu in the menu bar at the top of your screen. Another option is to press and hold the "Control" key and click the object, which brings up options for that object at the same location as your mouse cursor. Navigate to the place you wish to paste the object. This can be within the same document or even in a different program. Move your mouse cursor to the location you wish to paste the object, and again bring up the options available by clicking the "Edit" menu or by using the "Control" key and clicking your mouse.

I found some text on a webpage on my iPad that I wanted to pop into an email on my Mac.

How to copy and paste on Mac

Select Copy. These are just a few examples of how you can quickly copy and paste between devices with the Universal Clipboard. In a nutshell, just use the copy action to grab the content from one device and the paste action to put the content on the other device.

One last thing to keep in mind is that the content you copy does not stay on the Universal Clipboard forever. Apple states that it remains there for a short time or until you replace it by copying something else.

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Are you ready to start using the Universal Clipboard feature? Let us know how easy you find it and if it comes in handy for you. Why is this handy? There are numerous ways that the Universal Clipboard can be of use.