Copy information between files

You can copy or move information (such as text and pictures) between files and programs using a temporary storage space called the Clipboard. The Clipboard isn't visible, so even though you use it to copy and paste information, you never actually see the Clipboard when you do this.

Illustration of text being moved or copied to the Clipboard and then pasted into other files
An example of how text is moved or copied to the Clipboard, and then pasted into other files
  1. Select the information that you want to copy by dragging the mouse pointer over the information in your file.

    Picture of selected text
    Text selected in Notepad
  2. Right-click the selected information, and then click Copy to copy it to the Clipboard.

  3. Open the file that you want to copy to, right-click the spot where you want to insert the information, and then click Paste.


  • You can copy any kind of information (including sound and pictures) in the same way. In Paint, for example, you can select a part of a picture and copy it to the Clipboard and then paste it into another program that can display pictures. You can even copy and paste entire files from one folder to another. The easiest way to copy and paste is to use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C (copy) and Ctrl+V (paste).

  • The Clipboard holds one block of information at a time. Each time you copy information to the Clipboard, the old contents of the Clipboard are replaced by the new information.