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Copying and moving text

From: Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training

Video: Copying and moving text

Word offers two ways to copy and move text. With the Copy, Cut, and Paste commands and with drag-and-drop text editing. Let's take a look at how they work. We'll start by looking at the Copy, Cut, and Paste commands. All three commands work with a part of Mac OS called the Clipboard, which is a temporary storage space for text, images, or other content that you put there. The Clipboard holds just one thing at a time and it holds it there until you either replace it with something else or shut off your computer.

Copying and moving text

Word offers two ways to copy and move text. With the Copy, Cut, and Paste commands and with drag-and-drop text editing. Let's take a look at how they work. We'll start by looking at the Copy, Cut, and Paste commands. All three commands work with a part of Mac OS called the Clipboard, which is a temporary storage space for text, images, or other content that you put there. The Clipboard holds just one thing at a time and it holds it there until you either replace it with something else or shut off your computer.

Cut, Copy, and Paste are available in most Mac OS and even Windows programs. So you should be familiar with them if you've been using computers for a while. I'll just take you through a few examples. Let's say that you want to copy a sentence from the end of this document to the beginning. So I am going to scroll down here, this is the sentence I want to copy. So I will start off by selecting it. I'll hold down the Command key and click once in the sentence. Now I need to copy this, so I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose Copy or press Command+C. That copies it to the Clipboard.

Now I want to paste this at the beginning of my document. So I am going to scroll back up to the beginning of the document and I'm going to click in the beginning right in front of the letter I and n and I am going to paste it there. So I will pull down the Edit menu and choose Paste or press Command+V, and that will paste it into the document. Now a Paste Options button like this one might appear. You can click the arrow to specify how you want the text pasted in. So if I click this arrow you will see that I've got three options and they all deal with formatting.

I can keep the source formatting, I can the match the destination formatting, or I can keep just the text. In this particular document it doesn't matter because everything is formatted at the same way, so it doesn't matter which one I pick. So I am just going to ignore it for now. But what I don't want to ignore here is the fact that there is no space between the period and the letter I. Not only do I want to add some space there but what I really want to do is put that first sentence on its own paragraph. So I am going to press Return to make its own paragraph and then to space it out like the rest of the document, I'll put another Return in there to add another blank line.

Now that we have pasted the text what's in the Clipboard? The same text. Pasting doesn't remove the contents of the Clipboard. Only copying or cutting replaces the Clipboard contents with a new selection. I can prove this by pasting it somewhere else, even in another document. So I'll pull down the File menu, choose New Blank Document or press Command+N, then pull down the Edit menu and I can select Paste, or press Command+V, and it pastes it in there. So it's still in the Clipboard until I copy or cut something else there or shut off the computer.

Now I don't need this document so I am going to close it, and I am not going to save it. As you can see though you are not limited to copy and paste in the same document. This makes it possible to use bits and pieces of one document in another one. Now back in the sample document we want to move some text. So I want to select a sentence down here, this one that starts off with Not to mention. I am going to hold down the Command key, click in the sentence to select the entire sentence, and this time we want to move it so we are going to cut it out of the document and then we are going to paste it back in a different place.

It's selected, so I will pull down the Edit menu, select Cut or I can press Command+X, and that will cut it out of the document. It's going to remove it from the document, put it in the Clipboard. Now what I need to do is position the insertion point where I want it to go, which is right in front of the W in We. So with the insertion point blinking there I will go back under the Edit menu, I will choose Paste or I could press Command+ V and that will paste it into the document. Now again I am going to ignore that Paste Options button because I don't really need to do anything with that. Instead I'll just press the Space to add an additional space there and make sure it's spaced out properly.

Now if you find yourself ignoring the Paste Option button all the time and you just wish it would never appear at all, you can disable it. Pull down the Word menu, choose Preferences, or press Command+Comma. Then select the Edit button and then in Edit Preferences you will see an option here, Show Paste Options button. If you turn that checkbox off that won't bother you anymore. I am going to leave it turned on because you might need it later on, but no matter what you do, click OK to save your changes.

I also want to point out here that there is a number of buttons on the standard toolbar that you can use to copy, cut, and paste. Just to make sure they all show I will select some text. This button here will cut, this one will copy, and this one will paste. So if you like to click buttons, Word has got you covered up here. The other way to copy or move text is with drag-and-drop text editing. You might find this quicker, but it does require some good mouse skills. Say for example that I want to move the last sentence in the document to the beginning of its paragraph.

So I am going to scroll down here and it's this sentence right here. I'll Command+Click it to select it and I want to move it right over here to the beginning of the paragraph. So I put my mouse pointer anywhere in the selection, press the mouse button down, and the mouse pointer turns into an arrow and I just drag that up, and as I drag you could see there is an insertion point moving along with it. When I get it right in front of the letter W, I am going to release that and what it does is it actually moves the text by dragging it and dropping it into place.

Again I want to ignore Paste Options and I am going to click right after that period and press the Spacebar to insert a space to space it out properly. That's how you move text with drag-and- drop but you can also copy text the same way. Just for an example I am going to copy that sentence back to its original position. So I'll leave this sentence here but I'll put a copy back where it was. So I am going to press Command, click in the sentence to select it, and this time I want to copy it. So to copy with drag-and-drop you need to hold down the Option key and as you drag what you'll see is a green plus button.

That's telling you that it's being copied. Again drag till you see the insertion point where you want it to go and then you want to release the mouse button first and then the Option key, and that'll copy it into place. Now I don't really want it there, so while it's still selected I am going to press Delete and make it go away. That's the basics of copying and moving text. The Copy and Paste commands work together to duplicate selected text. The Cut and Paste commands work together to move selected text, and if you've got good mouse skills, drag and drop text editing makes it quick and easy to move or copy text.

This is yet another instance what Microsoft Office multiple ways to perform a task. If you are like me you'll use the technique that works best for you when you need it.

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Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Word processing basics
      3m 9s
    3. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 21m 53s
    1. Menus, shortcut keys, and toolbars
      3m 43s
    2. The Ribbon
      2m 32s
    3. The Toolbox and the Media Browser
      2m 27s
    4. The Sidebar
      1m 42s
    5. Document views
      5m 24s
    6. Navigating windows and documents
      6m 5s
  3. 13m 40s
    1. Using the Document Gallery
      4m 51s
    2. Creating documents
      1m 51s
    3. Opening, saving, and closing documents
      6m 58s
  4. 14m 20s
    1. Entering text
      5m 33s
    2. Inserting and deleting text
      2m 34s
    3. Using Click and Type to enter text
      3m 26s
    4. Inserting symbols and special characters
      2m 47s
  5. 27m 28s
    1. Selecting and editing text
      6m 34s
    2. Copying and moving text
      7m 1s
    3. Using the Scrapbook
      4m 38s
    4. Undoing, redoing, and repeating actions
      4m 36s
    5. Finding and replacing text
      4m 39s
  6. 24m 50s
    1. Font formatting basics
      9m 0s
    2. Applying font formatting
      7m 12s
    3. Using the Font dialog
      4m 35s
    4. Formatting with the Find and Replace dialog
      4m 3s
  7. 27m 18s
    1. Paragraph formatting basics
      9m 39s
    2. Setting justification and line spacing
      2m 17s
    3. Indenting paragraphs
      4m 37s
    4. Using list formats
      5m 41s
    5. Setting paragraph formatting options
      5m 4s
  8. 14m 33s
    1. Understanding tab tables
      4m 15s
    2. Creating a tab table with the Ruler
      5m 20s
    3. Creating a tab table with the Tabs dialog
      4m 58s
  9. 20m 31s
    1. Understanding styles and themes
      2m 36s
    2. Applying styles
      6m 32s
    3. Reformatting with Quick Style sets and themes
      2m 37s
    4. Modifying styles
      4m 28s
    5. Creating and deleting styles
      4m 18s
  10. 13m 22s
    1. Revealing formatting
      4m 24s
    2. Using the Format Painter
      1m 38s
    3. Creating drop caps
      3m 34s
    4. Using AutoFormat on text
      3m 46s
  11. 27m 29s
    1. Setting margins
      4m 3s
    2. Adding page and section breaks
      4m 54s
    3. Setting multiple columns
      8m 11s
    4. Varying page orientation within a document
      2m 43s
    5. Inserting page numbers
      2m 47s
    6. Adding watermarks and background images
      4m 51s
  12. 13m 39s
    1. Using built-in headers and footers
      5m 34s
    2. Manually creating headers and footers
      4m 0s
    3. Setting multiple headers and footers in a document
      4m 5s
  13. 18m 54s
    1. Creating a cell table
      3m 42s
    2. Entering and formatting table text
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying table structure
      5m 34s
    4. Using table styles
      2m 49s
    5. Converting between tab and cell tables
      2m 33s
  14. 18m 12s
    1. Adding borders to text and paragraphs
      5m 38s
    2. Adding borders to table cells
      3m 47s
    3. Setting page borders
      4m 13s
    4. Applying shading
      4m 34s
  15. 16m 56s
    1. Using the Media Browser to insert media
      3m 24s
    2. Inserting media from a file
      2m 36s
    3. Formatting images
      4m 30s
    4. Wrapping text around an image
      2m 27s
    5. Inserting and formatting a text box
      3m 59s
  16. 13m 17s
    1. Using AutoCorrect and AutoFormat As You Type
      9m 26s
    2. Using AutoText and AutoComplete
      3m 51s
  17. 17m 28s
    1. Building an outline
      4m 26s
    2. Rearranging outline components
      3m 39s
    3. Viewing outlines
      4m 9s
    4. Numbering outline headings
      5m 14s
  18. 26m 49s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      8m 19s
    2. Using reference tools
      4m 30s
    3. Inserting footnotes and endnotes
      6m 27s
    4. Using the Word Count feature
      2m 49s
    5. Compiling a table of contents
      4m 44s
  19. 17m 44s
    1. Adding comments
      2m 46s
    2. Tracking changes
      7m 45s
    3. Merging and comparing documents
      4m 28s
    4. Sharing documents with others
      2m 45s
  20. 18m 54s
    1. Using letter templates
      8m 5s
    2. Creating envelopes
      6m 23s
    3. Creating labels
      4m 26s
  21. 12m 36s
    1. Setting Document Security options
      9m 0s
    2. Using Privacy options
      3m 36s
  22. 14m 31s
    1. Setting Page Setup Options
      4m 12s
    2. Previewing a document
      2m 13s
    3. Printing to a printer
      4m 11s
    4. Printing to PDF
      3m 55s
  23. 11m 9s
    1. Using Word's Macro Recorder
      9m 18s
    2. Understanding macro security
      1m 51s
  24. 12m 28s
    1. Customizing toolbars and menus
      6m 0s
    2. Customizing Word's shortcut keys
      3m 38s
    3. Customizing the Ribbon
      2m 50s
  25. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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