The “clipboard” is a concept familiar to most people who have used modern word processors. It is a piece of your computers memory which is set aside as a temporary storage space. Text can be “Cut” or “Copied” from your document into the clipboard. You can move to another part of the document or to another application entirely, and “Paste” this text at the new location.
The most common use for the clipboard is to move or copy text which has already entered into one part of the document to another part of the same document or to another document entirely.
This concept is probably best described with an example.
To do this, we begin with a test sentence
The big, red fox jumped over the lazy dog.
Using the mouse or keyboard, select the phrase “ big, red” (notice the space before “big” is selected).
Now select Edit->Copy from the menubar.
This has moved a copy of the selected text to the clipboard.
Now place the mouse cursor directly behind the word “lazy” and click once.
Now select Edit->Paste from the menubar.
The resulting sentence is:
The big, red fox jumped over the lazy big, red dog
The clipboard is not limited to text. The clipboard can contain tables, pictures, spreadsheets or any other type of information.
The Copy command can be invoked 4 ways:
The Copy command moves a copy of the selected data to the clipboard. The original data is unaffected.
The Cut command can be invoked 4 ways:
The Cut command moves a copy of the selected data to the clipboard. The selected data is then deleted from the document.
The Paste command can be invoked 4 ways:
The Paste command inserts a copy of all the data in the clipboard at the current position of the cursor. The clipboard is unaffected. (So another paste command will produce yet another copy of the data in the document.)
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