When you have to regularly deal with some content on a computer, you will want to learn some basic shortcuts to increase your efficiency. Paste is one of the important shortcuts and is essential for copying. You can use keyboard shortcuts to paste, in virtually any operating system and program. Look from step 1 to learn how to do it.
Step 1. Copy something to the clipboard
To paste, you will first need to have something already copied. You can copy almost everything on a computer, from text to images, to files and folders. You can also use keyboard shortcuts to copy: Ctrl-C in Windows and Linux o Command (cmd) -C in Mac OS X. Copying the content will keep it in its original location and make a copy so you can paste it elsewhere.
- You can cut instead of copy, which will remove the content from its original place for you to paste in the new place. The keyboard shortcut for cutting is: Ctrl-X in Windows and Linux and Command (cmd) -X in Mac OS X.
Step 2. Mark where you want to paste
When you paste with the keyboard, the content will be pasted where the cursor is active. If you paste any text, make sure the cursor is in the correct place in the document. If you're pasting files, make sure the correct window is open and active.
Step 3. Paste the content
When the cursor is in the right place, press the keyboard shortcut to paste the content: Ctrl-V or Shift-Insert, to Windows and Linux o Command (cmd) -V in Mac OS X. The content will appear where the cursor is or at the end of the list, if you are copying files.