How to Copy & Paste Online

by Jenna Miller

"Copy and paste" is a commonly used computer term that refers to the process of quickly transferring text from one location to another. This can be useful for web searches and document creation. Knowing how to adequately highlight text is an important step in using this tool. When highlighting text, make sure to hold the mouse button down until all of the text you want to copy is highlighted. This will ensure that no "cleaning up'' of the text will be necessary.

Copy and paste using right-mouse click


Right click on the mouse button while the cursor is over the highlighted text. This will bring up a box with several options available, including copy and paste.


Select "copy'' first to instruct the computer to store a copy of the text temporarily.


Right click in the area where the text is to be pasted. Select the paste option and the text should appear.

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About the Author

Jenna Miller started her professional writing career in 2010, with her work published on Answerbag and eHow. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Utah after having earned her Associate of Arts in visual art and design from Salt Lake Community College.