How to Copy and Paste on Mac ( Cut – Copy – Paste Files Shortcut )

How to Copy and Paste on Mac – This sounds like the way Macs do things for novice customers, but OS X requires all copy/paste and cut/paste file behaviors.

Use the Command Key:

How to copy and paste on mac

How to Copy and Paste on Mac ( Cut – Copy – Paste Files Shortcut )

There are two methods to copy/stick, first by choosing the file and using Command + C to copy, then Command + V to insert where you want the copy to be.

Use the Option Key

The second is quicker and little known— through the usage of the mouse and the Alternative key. Normally, the default device action will merely transfer a file moved by the mouse (basically, cut and paste it), but holding down the Option key would allow the file to be copied, much like though you used the copy/paste functionality of every standard program.

Hold Down Command and Drag

There is a case, however, where the normal mouse-drag habits are changed. As in a network setting, OS X can attempt to copy files that are pulled by a mouse between the drives. In such examples, when moving the script, you may keep down the command key.

You will note that the “plus” icon will vanish, which indicates that it does not clone, but instead split. The file would be transferred from the drive on to the new drive without having on all drives a backup of itself. Unfortunately, the cutting keyboard shortcut (Command+ X) just doesn’t function for files.

Alternative Shortcuts

Many people use the above-mentioned Cmd shortcuts but there are alternatives. You can right-click and choose Extract, Copy or Paste from the toolbar after highlighting the item or choosing the paste position; or pick them from the dropdown menu Edit.

Paste and Match Style

Often when you paste between different typed texts, or particularly when you swap between different applications, you can notice that the pasted text looks weird. That is how you have already inadvertently copied the file layout.

To stop this, you should use a command that guarantees that the pasted text meets the style of the paragraph or paper it is added to, rather than the one it has just left behind.

Instead of hitting Cmd + V to paste the file, go to the drop-down menu Edit and pick’ Print style and fit. There is a keyboard shortcut for this, but sadly it differs between applications: it is normally Cmd + Shift + V, but you may also click the Alt / Option key in a few applications (such as TextEdit).

Copy and Paste Between Devices

Another advanced tip, before we leave behind this most basic subject. Since the introduction of Universal Clipboard with macOS Sierra, copying to your Mac and then Pasting to your iPhone, or vice versa has been feasible.

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If the feature is allowed it is as basic as it sounds. Set your iPhone to highlight the item, claim, and tap Copy. Now open a document on your Mac and press Cmd + V. There might be a pause of 3-5 seconds for a text or 10 or more seconds for a picture but the copied object will appear soon enough.

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