Copy and Paste Tutorial

Posted by Rick Duskiewicz - New York, NY - USA - on April 10, 2002 at 12:48:58:

This is a short lesson on how to "copy" and "paste". Learning to do this will save you hours of unnecessary typing. You will also eliminate the possibility of typing something incorrectly.

Step 1

Find some text in any program. You may use any of the text in this post, for example.

Highlight the text. This is done by first placing the cursor directly to the left of the first word or character you want to copy. You then click and hold down the left button of your mouse. While holding down your left mouse button, drag your cursor to the last word or character you want to copy. Release the mouse button.

All these words should now be "highlighted" as in Figure 1.


Step 2

While these words are highlighted, press and hold down the "CTRL" key on your computer keyboard. It can be found in the lower left hand corner of the keyboard.

While holding down the CTRL key, press the "C" key on your keyboard once. Yes, that's the letter "C". See Figure 2. Now release the CTRL key.


Everything highlighted has now been placed in the short term memory of your computer.

Step 3

Go to where you want all that copied text to be placed. It could be e-mail, or it could be a ClearStar post. That is what we'll do here.

Click once inside the message box where you normally type when you create a post. You should now see the cursor blinking inside the message box. See Figure 3.


Now, again press and hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard - the same one we used before. This time while holding down the CTRL key, press the "V" key once and release. See Figure 4. Then also release the CTRL key.


You will now see all the text you previously highlighted appear in the message box. See Figure 5.


The information that you placed in the computer's memory, even though you just placed it into a ClearStar post, is still in the memory and can be placed into another application. In fact, if you paste by holding down the CTRL key and repeatedly pressing "V", you can have that same information repeat again and again. Try it.

You may highlight and copy and paste one word, or many paragraphs, saving you a lot of time once you get the hang of it. This is the very same technique used to "copy" and "paste" the red or blue lines of text (html code) for the images you want to include with ClearStar posts.

Although it took some time to go through this tutorial, you will be surprised how quickly you can copy and paste text with a little practice. It can be done in a few seconds - far, far quicker than typing or retyping something - and with perfect accuracy.

One thing to remember: Your computer will only remember the information that you last copied into it. Once you highlight and copy new information into your computer's memory, it automatically replaces the previous information.