How to Copy and Paste on a Laptop

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If you know how to copy, cut, and paste files in Windows 10, you will probably be one of the lucky people around. Honestly, this can save you a lot of time.

If you have just bought your new laptop you might have some issues stetting it up and using it.

We know that you might have tried a ton of methods to do this, but the methods we are going to explain in this post will make it a lot simpler for you. Are you ready? 

How do I copy and paste on a laptop operating on Windows 10? 

There are a ton of ways you can copy and paste items in Windows 10. You can use the keyboard shortcuts available, use the right-clicking option using your mouse, or leverage the Windows clipboard. That said, here’s how you can copy and paste in Windows 10. 

How do I copy and paste using keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10? 

If you want to copy and paste an item in Windows 10, the first step is to select the item you want to copy and paste using the Ctrl + C to copy, then go to the area you want to paste it and press Ctrl + V to paste. Sounds easy, right? Well, let’s now discuss them step-by-step. 

  1. The very first step is to identify the item or file that you want to copy and paste. To select an item, you need to go to the item, press Shift, and use the arrows to select as many files as possible. 
  2. Next, you should hold Ctrl + C. You must make sure that you are pressing these two keys on your keyboard at the same time. It is important to note that you will not see any notification saying that an item has been copied.  
  3. Go to the folder or area you want to paste the file to. If your laptop storage is partitioned, you should be organized to create a folder in one of the disks. All the same, it’s your prerequisite. The idea here is to find a location where you want to paste the file. 
  4. To paste the file to your selected location, hold Ctrl + V. Doing this will paste the file you selected in your preferred location. And that is it. 

If you want to copy files and folders, Windows will help to paste them real quick. If you are dealing with relatively large files, you should see a progress bar until the large file is complete copying. And finally, if you are copying files in the same location, Windows will name the file “Copy.”  

How do I copy and paste using a mouse in Windows 10? 

If you want to copy and paste using your mouse in Windows 10, you will first need to right-click choose the item you want to copy and paste. The next step is to choose “Copy” from the menu, then hover to your preferred location to paste the file there. But let’s go step-by-step so that you can follow along. 

  1. First, you need to choose the item or items you want to copy and paste. 
  2. Next, you should right-click using your mouse. You can either use the in-built mouse or use an external one. 
  3. From the menu, select “Copy.” 
  4. Head over to the location you want to paste your copied file and create a folder. You can always go to your discs if your laptop storage space was well-partitioned. 
  5. Next, position your cursor in the desired area you’d want to paste the file you earlier copied. To do this, right-click anywhere within the location you choose, then right-click your mouse. 
  6. Select “Paste.” If you are pasting a text file, you can decide to keep the source, “keep in plain text only,” among other available options. 

If you want to copy files and folders, Windows will help to paste them real quick. If you are dealing with relatively large files, you should see a progress bar until the large file is complete copying. And finally, if you are copying files in the same location, Windows will name the file “Copy.”  

How do I copy and paste using Windows 10 Clipboard?

Copying and pasting using the Windows 10 clipboard is a no brainer. First, turn on Clipboard history by pressing the Windows key + V. Once you’ve clicked on the Turn on option, choose the image or text that you’d wish to copy then drag them up the Clipboard using the shortcut. From the keyboard, select the text you want to copy and paste it to your file destination. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Click on what text you wish to copy and press Ctrl + C on your standard keyboard. You can also use the previous method to copy your text using a mouse. 
  2. Head over and press the Windows key + V. 
  3. Select the Turn on button to enable the Clipboard history, which lets you see the previously copied items. 
  4. Click on the text or image you’d want to copy. To select a word, double-click and triple-click to select the entire paragraph, or use the Ctrl + Shift keys to select your text. In the case of images, click on the image until the white picture formatting buttons appear. 
  5. Press the Windows key + V on your computer keyboard. 
  6. Select what you intend to copy. Fortunately, Windows 10 outlines most of your recently copied items in block format, with the most recent at the top. Alternatively, please select an item you’d wish to paste later and pin it to the Clipboard. 
  7. Head on to your file destination. 
  8. Put your cursor to the intended position and paste your items. 
  9. The last step is to press the Ctrl + V keys as a shortcut, or right-click using the mouse to select your preferred option. 

How do I cut and paste in Windows 10? 

Now that you have learned how to copy and paste in Windows 10, how about knowing how to cut and paste in Windows 10? Now, cutting and pasting follow the same procedure we have been using all along. The difference is that cutting will remove the item entirely from wherever you are cutting it from. 

How do I cut and paste using keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10? 

If you want to cut and paste an item using the keyboard shortcut option, you will first need to choose the item you want to cut. Next, you need to Ctrl + X, find the location you want to paste it then press Ctrl + V to paste in your desired location. Now that you have an idea let’s go the step-by-step way so that you can follow along. 

  1. The first step is to choose the item you’d want to cut and paste to a different location. 
  2. Next, you need to hold Ctrl + X to cut the item. You need to make sure that you are holding both keys at the same time. 
  3. Go to the location you’d want to paste the item you just cut. 
  4. Once you find your desired location, hold on Ctrl + V to paste the item. If you are cutting a text file, the original formatting will remain. 

How do I cut and paste using a mouse in Windows 10? 

If you want to cut and paste using your mouse in Windows 10, you will first need to right-click choose the item you want to copy and paste. The next step is to choose “Cut” from the menu, then hover to your preferred location to paste the file there. Let’s go step-by-step so that you can follow along. 

  1. The first step is to choose the item you want to cut and paste to another location. 
  2. Next, right-click using your mouse, then select “Cut” on the menu. 
  3. Identify the location where you’d want to paste the item or items you cut. 
  4. The next thing is to position the cursor in the area you want to paste the item. 
  5. Right-click your mouse and choose the option to “Paste.” 

How do I copy and paste using the command prompt in Windows? 

If you want to copy and paste using the command prompt, you will first have to open the application from your search bar >> right-click >> click properties >> check the box “Use Ctrl+Shift+C/V as Copy/Paste >> OK. Let’s now go step-by-step so you can follow along. 

  1. Click “Magnifying Glass Icon,” located at the bottom left corner and type “cmd.” 
  2. Next, click “Open.” You also have an option to press “Enter” when you see the search results. 
  3. Position your cursor at Window top, then point anywhere of the command prompt window section. 
  4. The next step is to right-click your mouse, then properties. 
  5. You should then tick the box “Use Ctrl+Shift+C/V as Copy/Paste,” and choose “OK.” 
  6. Choose the command you want to copy by using the Ctrl + C keys on your keyboard.
  7. The final step is to head over to the command prompt and paste using the Ctrl + V keys.

Sill having problems? Check if your keyboard is working properly.