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How to Copy and Paste in Windows 10

You can copy and paste text, files, and folders in Windows 10 using keyboard shortcuts, right-clicking with your mouse, or using the Windows Clipboard. Here are three ways to copy and paste on a Windows 10 PC:

How to Copy and Paste in Windows 10 Using Keyboard Shortcuts

To copy and paste in Windows 10 using keyboard shortcuts, first select the item you want to copy. Then press Ctrl + C on your keyboard to copy. Next, open the destination program or file path and press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste.

  1. Select the item you want to copy. You can press the Shift key while using the arrow keys to select multiple files or chunks of text.
  2. Press Ctrl + C on your keyboard. You have to press these keys at the same time. You won’t see any kind of notification that your text or files have been copied to the Clipboard.
  3. Go to the destination where you want to paste the item. This could be another program, where you can paste text or image (like Microsoft Word). For files and folders, use File Explorer to navigate to your destination path.
  4. Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard. This will paste the copied image or text. For text, it will include the original formatting from the source.

Note: If you don’t want to keep the formatting of your text when you paste it, you can press the Ctrl + Shift + V keys. This will cause your pasted text to take on the formatting of the text around it, or the standard formatting of the document. 

For files or folders, Windows will instantly paste small files. For large file sizes, you will see a progress bar. It will disappear once Windows is done copying the folder. If you are copying files in the same file destination, Windows will append the file name with “ – Copy.”

If you want to see more great Windows keyboard shortcuts, check out our previous blog here.

How to Copy and Paste in Windows 10 Using a Mouse

To copy and paste in Windows 10 using your mouse, select an item and right-click on it. Next, select Copy from the pop-up menu, then go to your destination file or folder path. Right-click again and choose Paste for files or folders or any of the three paste formatting options for text or images.

  1. Select the item(s) you want to copy.
  2. Right-click with your mouse.
  3. Choose Copy from the menu.
  4. Go to the destination where you would like to paste the item. This could be another program where you can paste text or images, like Microsoft Word. For files and folders, use File Explorer to navigate to your destination path.
  5. Position your cursor to where you would like to paste the item. If you are pasting files and folders, you can right-click anywhere in the main box of the File Explorer.
  6. Right-click with your mouse.
  7. Choose Paste or your preferred Paste option. For text, you can keep the source formatting, merge the formatting, or keep it in plain text only. For images, you can keep the source formatting or simply paste the picture.

If you want to copy and paste files or folders, Windows will instantly paste items with small file sizes. For folders with big file sizes, you will see a progress bar at the top. It will disappear once Windows is done pasting the contents of the folder. If you are pasting files with the same name, Windows will add “ – Copy” to the end of the new file name. 

How to Copy and Paste in Windows 10 Using the Clipboard

To copy and paste in Windows 10 using the Clipboard, turn on Clipboard history first. Press the Windows key + V and click Turn on. Select the text or image you want to copy, then bring up the Clipboard using the shortcut. Click on the text you want to copy from the Clipboard, then paste it to your destination file or program.

  1. Select what you want to copy and press Ctrl + C on your keyboard. You can also use your mouse to copy with the previous method.
  2. Press the Windows key + V on your keyboard.
  3. Click on the Turn on button. This will enable Clipboard history, letting you see the last 24 items you copied on the Clipboard.
  4. Select the text or image you want to copy. Double-click to select a word, triple-click to select a whole paragraph, or use Ctrl + Shift with the arrow keys to make a selection.  For images on Office programs, click on the image until you see the white picture-formatting buttons. 
  5. Press the Windows key + V on your keyboard.
  6. Choose what you would like to copy. Windows 10 arranges several of your recently copied items in blocks, with the most recent items at the top and older ones at the bottom. You can also choose to pin an item to the Clipboard, so you can paste it later.
  7. Go to your destination folder or program. 
  8. Position your cursor to where you would like to paste the item.
  9. Finally, press Ctrl + V shortcut or right-click with your mouse then choose your preferred paste formatting option.

Option 1: Copy/paste rendered HTML into Gmail Compose Window

On its own, the Gmail Compose window doesn’t let you edit the HTML “behind” the message. This is in contrast to an email service provider like Mailchimp or Constant Contact, in which you can edit the raw HTML. So, the technique below is a way to work around that Gmail limitation.

Once you have your HTML written, the process is basically just a matter of copy and paste. You create your page in HTML, load it into a browser, copy the contents of the browser, and then paste it into Gmail’s compose window. By “rendered” HTML, I mean what the HTML looks like in the browser, with colors, fonts, and images in place.

Let’s run through a quick example of that.

Step 2: Display the rendered HTML page in a browser

I used Chrome and just opened (Ctrl-O) the .html file that was on my computer.

Step 3: Open a Gmail Compose window and paste it into the main text area

The HTML email should appear in the compose window. Double-check (including scrolling down to the bottom) that everything looks appropriate before you send the email.

Step 4: Send your mail merge with GMass. As usual, just hit the red GMass button

That’s it! The nice thing about this approach is when you save the HTML file as a template, your future HTML emails will look consistent and build a “brand look” in your emails. It also saves you a huge amount of time crafting new HTML emails, and you don’t have to create any external CSS files.

Of course, this technique can be combined with any of the other ways to use GMass, such as from a Google Docs spreadsheet or even as part of an automated email sequence.

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Before you start

Here are some things to know before you begin this process.

  • In your HTML code, all images must be hosted on a public server, and all links should be set as absolute paths that point directly to that public server. You can also use the content studio in your Mailchimp account to host your images and insert image URLs into your HTML code.
  • This is an advanced feature and is recommended for users familiar with custom coding. Contact your developer or hire a Mailchimp Expert if you need assistance.

Changing the default Paste Style

To change the default paste style, select the “Set Default Paste…” option from the paste options icon or go to;

  • Outlook 2007 Tools-> Options…-> tab Mail Format-> button: Editor Options…-> section Advanced-> option group: Cut, copy and paste
  • Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016File-> Options-> section: Mail-> button: Editor Options…-> section: Advanced-> option group: Cut, copy and paste


Setting all the pasting options to “Match Destination Formatting”, “Merge Formatting” or simply “Keep Text Only” will make sure that the pasted text blends in nicely with your current email.

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Copying text

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Pasting text

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Copy and paste text on an Apple iPhone and iPad

Note

These steps are only for the Apple iPad and iPhone. If you have an Apple desktop or laptop computer, see our desktop and laptop steps.

Copying text

Double-tap (tap twice) your finger on any text. If

Double-tap (tap twice) your finger on any text. If successful a menu appears, tap your finger on Copy or Select.

Tip

You can tripple-tap (tap three times) on a word in a paragraph or sentence to select all text.

Tip

To copy more than the default selected text, press your finger on the left or right blue circle, and while pressing down move in the direction you want to select.

Pasting text

Tap once where you want to paste and then tap Paste. If you want to paste this text in a different app, open the other app before pasting the text.

Practice copying and pasting text

Using the two text fields below, try copying the text in the first field and pasting it into the second. After copying and pasting the text, "Example copy text" will be in both boxes.

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