How To Copy and Paste On a Mac

How to copy and paste on a Mac is one of the most asked Mac questions online. If you are new to Mac you may not know the keyboard shortcuts or how many places you can use copy and paste. In addition to the basics, this video also has 5 expert tips, such as using the Option key to copy and paste by dragging, viewing the contents of the clipboard, and how to use more than one clipboard at a time.

Comments: 11 Responses to “How To Copy and Paste On a Mac”

    Ian MacGregor
    6 days ago

    Excellent information! I didn’t know about the Control +K and Control+Y shortcuts until now. I wonder if those are holdovers from Linux/BSD (middle mouse button buffer). Is there a way to create a keyboard shortcut for “Show clipboard” in apps that don’t have this item in their Edit menu?

    6 days ago

    Ian: Yes, they are indeed hold-overs. The Show Clipboard command is only in the Finder.

    Mr. Luigi
    6 days ago

    Nice tips! There is an app called PopClip that accomplishes a lot of these functionalities and many more, with no need for memorizing shortcuts! I consider it my most valuable workflow application (with Yoink and CloudClip not far behind!)

    John
    4 days ago

    Where is the “Show Clipboard” command in the Finder? I do not see it anywhere. Thanks!

    4 days ago

    John: I show it right at 4:08. It is in the Edit menu. Make sure you are in Finder, and not another app.

    John
    4 days ago

    Thank you! Found it! Always read MacMost…always filled with very helpful info!! Thanks!

    pw
    4 days ago

    Hello,
    My iMac has 4 USER names. How does one “copy” in one USER (example:selection in Numbers application) then use top menu for USERS pull down, log in to another USER, then activate Numbers application (example) get curser to proper location in Numbers, then command-V???? Perhaps use your reco and buy a copy app, or, use dropbox? Or use “public folder??
    Thanks.

    4 days ago

    pw: You can’t copy and paste across accounts — to do so would be a major security flaw, if you think about it. So share the file any way you like: Public Folder, Shared account folder, external drive, iCloud file sharing, Dropbox, etc.

    John Carter
    4 days ago

    While in the Finder, if I want to move files from one place to another, I use Cmd-C to copy the selected files, then go to the other folder and use Cmd-Option-V to move the selected files. This is useful after downloading files that would go into my Downloads folder but would rather organize my stuff my moving those files to another folder. But you probably covered this in another tutorial, right?

    Nathan Williams
    3 days ago

    I have a problem coping text from one program to another. The text will mix together and or will not keep its format.
    When I paste it in Word. Can you help?

    3 days ago

    Nathan: So copying into Word is the issue, from … ??? which app? Does it happen with other apps? The other way? What is special about the text you are trying to copy?

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