How to Copy and Paste on Mac

MacBook user using keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste text on MacDedi Grigoroiu / Shutterstock

If you are just starting to use a Mac for the first time, or if you are switching from Windows, you may be wondering how to copy and paste text, media and files to your new computer. Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple!

How to copy and paste on Mac using keyboard shortcuts

Although it may sound different, many functions of macOS are similar to Windows 10. Like Microsoft’s operating system, there are Keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste text, media and files to your Mac.

First, select content such as text or files, then press the Command + C keyboard shortcut to copy the content.

How to copy to Mac using the keyboard shortcut

Now go to the destination where you want to publish this content and use the Command + V shortcut to paste them.

How to paste on Mac using a keyboard shortcut

If you are using text and want to match the style of the destination, use the Command + Shift + V shortcut to paste the content in the same style as the rest of the document.

How to copy and paste on Mac using menus and mouse

If you don’t want to use keyboard shortcuts or don’t have access to a keyboard, you can also copy and paste on your Mac using the context menus.

First, use your mouse to select or highlight the content. It can be a paragraph of text or files and folders in the Finder application. Next, right click on your mouse or trackpad to open the context menu. Here, click on the “Copy” option to copy the content.

Select the Copy option from the context menu to copy the file

You can also access the toolbar at the top of your Mac screen and select the “Copy” option from the “Edit” menu (if available).

Select the copy option from the Edit menu

Now go to where you want to paste the content and right click on your mouse or trackpad. Here, select the “Paste” option.

Select the Paste Item option in Finder to paste the file on Mac

You can also go to the “Edit” menu on the toolbar and select the “Paste” option to paste the content.

You will see that the content will be instantly displayed at the destination.

How to copy and paste between iPhone, iPad and Mac

This is an advanced tip for Apple users who use an iPhone, iPad, and Mac together. If you are using macOS Sierra and higher on your Mac (and have updated your iPhone or iPad to the latest version), you can easily copy and paste text and data between all of your Apple devices using the Universal paperweight functionality.

RELATED: How to use the Universal Clipboard in macOS Sierra and iOS 10

Now you really don’t have to do anything to configure the functionality. If all of your devices support Continuity and have the Transfer function enabled (and they are enabled by default), Universal Clipboard should work automatically. Just make sure that the two devices are close to each other and that they are on the same Wi-Fi network (with Bluetooth enabled).

For example, suppose you copy a photo from your iPhone to your Mac. Press and hold on your iPhone photo to see the context menu. Here, select the “Copy” option.

Press the copy button on iPhone

Now move to your Mac and go to the app or section where you want to paste this photo. Simply press the Command + V keyboard shortcut. You will see a small window telling you that the photo transfer is in progress.

Mac showing the progress bar to paste a photo from the iPhone

In a few seconds, the photo will be available in the document.

Image of iPhone pasted into Apple Notes on Mac

It also works for text, media and files.

Have you just moved from Windows to Mac? We have the perfect advice for ease your transition.

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