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How to Copy and Paste

By Shlomo Phillips © 05.10.2010 (last updated 06.4.2013)

"Copy and pasting" makes the internet much easier! It is a very useful technique for websites, forums, facebooks, etc. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Selecting the Text:

Place your cursor at the beginning of the text you want to copy.
For instance say you want to copy:

Who is John Galt?
Place your cursor just before the W in Who. Holding your left mouse button down, slide the mouse to the right across the phrase. As you do you will see the text being highlighted (it darkens: Who is John Galt?). Select the text you wish to copy this way (sliding the mouse until everything you want is darkened). Now the text is selected.

Step 2: Copying the Text:

Release the left mouse button.
The text should still be highlighted. If not, try again.
Now either use your right mouse button and select "Copy" or hold down the Ctrl (control) button on your keyboard and the letter C at the same time (either method will work).
Now the highlighted text is held in "memory" (i.e. in your computer's "clipboard")

Step 3: Pasting the Text:

Open wherever you want to the paste the text, for instance into a new e-mail message, Facebook comment space etc.
Now either select the right mouse button and click "paste" or hold down the Ctrl (control) button on your keyboard and the letter V at the same time (note V not P).

That's it. The text should now appear on your page: Who is John Galt?

Once the text is pasted you can do whatever you want to with it.

NOTE: Another option for selecting text is to either right click and choose "Select all" or choose the Ctrl (control) button and the letter A at the same time. This will select (highlight/darken) everything on the page rather than a select part of it only. Its useful for larger tasks.

Copy and pasting works throughout most of the internet. For instance, if you have a Bible program or website you can usually copy and paste verses this way. Here's an example:

Go to the Judaica Press Tanach, a free online version of The Hebrew Bible. Look up a verse, for instance Deuteronomy 6:4. Using the steps above copy and paste the verse into an e-mail message:

Then you can clean it up as needed, for instance:

Knowing how to copy and paste can save hours of writing and make your studies and correspondences much easier!

If you have any difficulties feel free to contact me for help. I understand that some of this stuff takes a while to get the hang of.

Shalom Alaikum

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