How to Copy and Paste on Macbook Air

Aamir Khan

Are you a new user of the Macbook, or do you need to learn how to copy and paste on Macbook Air? This is not a big deal. Today, we will show you how you can copy and paste on your new Macbook Air.

Or suppose you want to copy or move your documents, files or other data from one directory to another. In that case, you need to cut/copy that file, document or data and then paste it to the destination, but in Macbook, the process and keyboard shortcuts are different from other OS. So if you are a Windows user, you will need clarification here.

This article will guide you on copying, cutting, and pasting on Mac. These tips will help you Copy and Paste on Mac or Macbook Air.

We will also explain how to copy and paste using keyboard shortcuts and a mouse.

The main difference between Windows and Macs is the key you need to press – on a Mac, this is the Command key. It has a ⌘ symbol on it, located next to the space bar. 

Here is the Option key in Mac, which is marked and works as an Alt key in Windows-based systems.

At a Glance

Given are some keyboard shortcuts that you will need;

  • Copy: Command + C
  •  Cut: Command + X
  •  Paste: Command + V

How to copy on a Mac or MacBook Air

Follow the given process to copy on Mac or specially Macbook Air if you are a Windows user;

  • First of all, highlight the object you want to copy, and if it is a word, double-click on its sentences or a whole paragraph, click it from the start and drag the cursor to the end of the paragraph. You can also use a keyboard shortcut by pressing the Shift key and clicking at the bottom of the paragraph or your whole text.
  •  After you have selected your desired file, document, or any data, copy it by pressing Command+C or cutting it by pressing Command+X. When you copy files or text creates a duplicate, but it doesn’t remove the original. On the other hand, when you cut files or text, it removes them from their original location and places them in your pasteboard. Once the data is in your pasteboard, you can easily paste it into any desired location.
Copy and Paste on Macbook Air

How to paste on a Mac or MacBook Air

  1. As mentioned above, you must select the text or object you want to copy or cut. 
  2.  Then press Command + C to copy or Command + X to cut.
  3.  Put the cursor where you want to place the text/object and paste by pressing Command + V.

Here you will be sure that the target where you will paste your copied files, text, documents or anything else should be a different location or directory. It may be another file, folder, document, or device.

Copy and Paste on Macbook Air

How to paste without formatting

This is also seen if you copy a text from one document or one app to another. Here the format or font of the text is different from the previous one, which is most annoying because you can’t match it with the previous one.

To avoid this, you can use a command to ensure the pasted text follows the formatting of the paragraph or document it’s joining rather than the one it just left behind.

Follow the steps below to avoid format mismatching during copying text files or just text;

  • Select the text or object you want to copy or cut by pressing Command + C to copy or Command + X to cut.
  •   Put the cursor where you want to place the text/object and Paste by pressing Command + Option/Alt + Shift + V.

It looks like it is the combo of keys, but if you manage it, you can change your copied text to the destination document as before.

This keyboard shortcut works in Apple Pages but can vary between apps, so if Command + Option/Alt + Shift + V doesn’t work, try Command + Shift + V.

Copy and Paste on Macbook Air

Cut and paste via mouse.

If you face difficulty using keyboard shortcuts, here are other methods. Using them, you can also copy/cut and paste objects, text, documents, files, or any other data type.

Here is just the use of your mouse;

  • Select the objects, text, documents, files or any other data type you want to copy (either by double clicking on a word or clicking and dragging to select more).
  •   Right-click on the selection.
  •   Select Cut or Copy.
  •   Right-click where you want to paste the text and choose Paste.

Cut and paste by using the menus.

Alternatively, you can use the menus (app dependent):

  • Select the objects, text, documents, files or any other data type you want to copy.
  •   In the menu, choose Edit.
  •   Select Cut or Copy.
  •   Right-click where you want to paste the text and choose Paste from the menu.

Suppose there are chances of losing the original format. Then here on the page, you will also have the option to match the style in case you are copying and pasting text or paragraphs.

How to copy multiple items on Mac or Macbook Air

If you were a Windows user and now think that copying multiple objects in a clipboard and you can paste selective items in the destination folder, Mac doesn’t provide this feature to its users.

Unfortunately, the Mac doesn’t offer this feature (although we’d love to see it arrive in macOS 13.)

However, on the Windows PC, you can copy up to 24 items from Office documents to the Office Clipboard and paste them into a document, choosing what you want to paste from the task pane.

If you are new to MAC, you should also know how to enable dark mode on Mac if you run low on battery or plan to use it longer without charge

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