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Cut, Copy and Paste Techniques in Microsoft Word

 

In section three, you'll learn all about cutting text, copying text, and pasting text. Word processors come into their own with Cut, Copy and Paste, and those three operations are the primary reason why the typewriter is now practically a museum piece.

There is a document that goes with this section, so click below to download it.

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Off we go.

Cutting text

There are a number of ways to cut text, and you'll learn three techniques in this part: using the menu, using the right click menus, and using the keyboard.

We're now going to chop out the unnecessary bits from the letter you downloaded above.The first thing to cut out is the double use of "Dear" in the first line. To cut text, use one of the following techniques:

Technique 1 - Menu Cutting

  • Highlight the text you want to cut. In the image below, the word "Dear" is highlighted. This is the word we want to cut:

Highlight the text you want to cut

  • From the menu bar, click Edit > Cut

click Edit > Cut from the menu

  • Your highlighted text has gone:

The text has been cut

 

Technique 2 - Right Click Cutting

  • Highlight the text you want to cut:

Highlight the text first

 

  • Click on the highlighted text with the right mouse button to get the pop up menu

Click on the text with the right mouse button

 

  • Choose "Delete Repeated Word", by clicking it with the left mouse button

 

Technique 3 - Keyboard Cutting

  1. Highlight the word or words you want to cut
  2. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard
  3. Keep the Ctrl key held down
  4. Press the letter X on your keyboard
  5. Your highlighted text is cut from your document

And that's all there is to cutting text. Keyboard cutting is often the quickest way, as it means your fingers don't have to leave the keys when you're typing.

In the next part, we'll look at how to Cut and Paste text.

Learn how to Cut and Paste text-->

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