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Step-By-Step Guide: Copy Or Paste On Mac

Copy Or Paste On Mac
Written by Hassan Abbas

Are you looking to copy or paste on Mac? Move messages, pictures and other objects from one document, app or also device to another, using our complete article to copying, cutting and pasting on Mac

If you want to move a block of messages, an image or another object from one side of a document to another, or from one app to another. Then you want to use copy (or cut) and paste. On Mac, the keyboard shortcuts for this are quite different from other devices.

Step 1:

Highlight the text/object.

Step 2:

Copy by hitting Cmd + C, or Cut with Cmd + X. Both store the chosen text/object to the pasteboard. But make sure Copy leaves it in place while Cut erase it.

Step 3:

Put the pointer where you like to add the text/object and Paste after hitting Cmd + V.

Remember that the target can be in various documents, or also quite different applications. Or also on various devices, for that matter.

More About Shortcuts

Some people use the Cmd shortcuts mentioned above, but there are many others. After indicating the object or selecting the paste position. You can simply right-tap and choose Cut, Copy or Paste from the menu, or choose them from the Edit dropdown menu.

Match & Paste style

 Copy Or Paste On Mac

Certainly, while pasting between various formatted documents, or specifically switching between various apps. You can find that pasted text seems funny. This is due to you’ve unintentionally copied the formatting of the text as well.

If you want to avoid this, you can simply use a command that ensures the pasted text follows the formatting of the paragraph or document when it’s joining, besides the one it just left behind.

Rather than pressing Cmd + V to paste the text. Just head over to the Edit dropdown menu and choose ‘Paste and match style’. You can use keyboard shortcuts for this, but sadly, it varies between apps: it’s Cmd + Shift + V, but in some apps (like TextEdit) you have to hit the Alt/Option key as well.

Copy/Paste between devices

One more pro-tip before we leave this. After the launch of Universal Clipboard with macOS Sierra, it becomes possible to Copy on Mac and then Paste it on iPhone, or vice versa.

Imagine the feature is turned on. Well, it’s as easy as it sounds. Indicate the object on iPhone then click Copy. You can then open a document on Mac and press Cmd + V. There probably be a delay of few seconds for text or 10 some seconds for an image but it’s quite enough the copied item will appear.

Rather than iOS 10 and macOS Sierra or later, both devices signed in to the same iCloud account. Also, they have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. Also, they both pass the Continuity requirements.

There are few settings to check. On the Mac, head over to System Preferences > General. Remember that there’s a mark next to ‘Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices’ under the menu.

On the iOS device, head over to Settings > General > Handoff and remember to Handoff has a green slider.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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