How to copy and paste on Mac

Copy or cut text or other items from one location, then paste in another location. These methods work in most apps. 

Copy or cut

Start by selecting the text or other item to be copied or cut. Then use one of these steps to save the item to your Clipboard so that it can be pasted elsewhere. 

Copy

Command-C

  • Press Command-C. 
  • Or choose Edit > Copy from the menu bar.
  • Or Control-click (or right-click) the item you selected, then choose Copy from the shortcut menu.

Cut

Command-X

  • Press Command-X. 
  • Or choose Edit > Cut from the menu bar.
  • Or Control-click (or right-click) the item you selected, then choose Cut from the shortcut menu.


Paste, or paste and match style

First click to place your insertion point, then use one of these steps to paste your copied item at that location. When you paste and match style, the pasted item matches the font, colour, size or other style of the surrounding content. 

Paste

  • Press Command-V. 
  • Or choose Edit > Paste from the menu bar.
  • Or Control-click (or right-click) the item you selected, then choose Paste from the shortcut menu.

Paste and Match Style

  • Press Option-Shift-Command-V.
  • Or choose Edit > Paste and Match Style from the menu bar.


Learn more

  • You can also drag and drop items to move or copy them to another location.
  • If you press and hold the Control key while taking a screenshot, the screenshot is saved to the Clipboard, ready to be pasted. 
  • With Universal Clipboard, you can copy and paste content between your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
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