OS X Mountain Lion: Copy text, pictures, and movies in documents

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Copy text, pictures, and movies in documents

You can copy text, pictures, and movies within documents, or from one document to another.

Copy within a document

  1. Select the text, picture, or movie you want to copy.
  2. Press the Option key, and then drag the item to the new location.

If you don’t press the Option key, the item is moved instead of copied.

Copy from one document to another

Open both documents, select the text, picture, or movie you want to copy, and then drag it to the other document.

If you can’t drag an item from a document window, select the item and choose Edit > Copy. Then click in the other document window and choose Edit > Paste.

Match the style of the document where you paste copied text

In some apps, you can indicate that text you’re pasting into a passage should appear in the same style as the surrounding text.

  1. Select the text you want to copy, and choose Edit > Copy.
  2. Choose Edit > ”Paste and Match Style.”

Preserve proper spacing around copied text

Many applications, including Mail, TextEdit, Messages, and Stickies, can automatically insert or delete spaces to ensure the correct spacing when you paste or delete words. This feature is called “Smart copy/paste.”

  1. Open a document or message, or start a chat.
  2. Choose Edit > Substitutions, and then choose Smart Copy/Paste in the submenu to select it.

To stop using Smart copy/paste, choose Edit > Substitutions, and then choose Smart Copy/Paste from the submenu to deselect the option.

Published Date: Sep 4, 2015
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