Cut, Copy, Paste, and Drag and Drop

Learn how to use the cut copy paste Word functions, as well as the drag and drop Word functions, in this free lesson.

Drag and drop

The drag-and-drop method of moving text allows you to move selected text using your mouse.

This method is convenient for moving text when:

  • Moving text from one location to another within a document
  • Moving text to another document

To drag and drop selected text:

To drag:

  • Select the text you wish to move.
  • Place the mouse pointer anywhere on the selected text without clicking.
  • Click and hold the right mouse button until the insertion point changes into a white arrow pointing up to the left.
  • Right-click and drag the selected text to the new location.

To drop:

  • During this process, the mouse pointer changes to a box with a small white arrow over it, indicating that you are dragging text.
  • When you reach the new location, release the mouse button to drop the text into place.
  • Once you release the mouse button, a menu list will appear that offers you the following options:
    • Move Here
    • Copy Here
    • Link Here
    • Create Hyperlink Here
    • Cancel

(Be sure to remove the selection highlight before pressing any key so you do not delete your newly moved text. If you do accidentally delete, simply press the Undo button).