Cut, Copy, Paste, and Drag and Drop

To better understand the text basics Office XP provides, read this free lesson on cutting, copying, pasting, and more.

Copying or moving a single item

Cut, Copy, and Paste buttons

To copy or move a single item:
  • Select the item you want to copy or move.
  • To copy the item, click the Copy button on the Standard toolbar (Ctrl+C).
  • To move the item, click the Cut button on the Standard toolbar (Ctrl+X).
  • If you want to move or copy the item to another file, switch to the file.
    • Click where you want the item to appear.
    • Click the Paste button on the Standard toolbar (Ctrl+V).
    • To format pasted items, click an option that appears on the Paste Options button that appears just below your pasted selection.

Paste Options button

The Cut, Copy, and Paste commands are also available on the Edit menu.

Partial view of Word 2002's Edit menu