Cut, Copy, Paste, and Drag and Drop

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

Working with blocks of text

To cut and paste a block of text:

  • Select the text you want to move.
  • Click the Cut button on the Standard toolbar.Cut Button
  • Place the insertion point where you want the text inserted.
  • Click the Paste button.Paste Button

To copy and paste a block of text:

  • Select the text you want to move.
  • Click the Copy button on the Standard toolbar. Copy Button
  • Place the insertion point where you want the text inserted.
  • Click the Paste button. Paste Button
  • Once the item has been pasted, you can determine the formatting by clicking the Paste Options button that appears just below your pasted selection. Check or deselect any of the following options:
    • Keep Source Formatting: This maintains the text formatting of the original document.
    • Match Destination Formatting: This formats the pasted text to match the text formatting in the document in which it was pasted.
    • Keep Text Only: This removes any graphics you may have copied along with the copied text.
    • Apply Style or Formatting: This allows you to choose a specific format from the styles and formatting menu.
Pasting Options