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Cut, copy, and paste

One of the most exciting features of working in a word processor is editing. Never again do you have to retype a whole page just to change one paragraph. You can cut (remove) text from one place, put it someplace else, copy a favorite sentence and insert it in the middle of another page, etc. It's too much fun. Makes you want to write books or somethin'.

Cut

The cut feature removes selected text from the page, just as if you took some scissors and cut it out (except there won't be a hole).

Copy

The copy feature makes acopy of the selected text, and leaves the text intact.

Paste

The paste feature will insert onto the page whatever text you previously cut or copied. The text will be inserted wherever the insertion point is flashing.

Try it!

So these are the steps to edit your page. Practice on the text you already have on your page, or create a new document (just click on the tiny page icon in the toolbar at the top of the screen).

Note

Click the button shown below in the toolbar to make a new, blank word processing page.



AppleWorks 5, top left on the toolbar.


Cut text from one place

1.
Select the text by dragging across it (as explained on page 81).

2.
From the Edit menu, choose "Cut." Notice the keyboard shortcut is Command X (like Xing or crossing something out).

Copy text

1.
Select the text by dragging across it (as explained on page 81).

2.
From the Edit menu, choose "Copy." Notice the keyboard shortcut is Command C (C for copy).


AppleWorks 6, top right on the toolbar.


Paste text somewhere else

1.
Click to set the insertion point at the spot where you want to paste the text into.

2.
From the Edit menu, choose "Paste." Notice the keyboard shortcut is Command V (like the caret ^ for inserting something).

Tip

If the Cut, Copy, or Clear commands in the Edit menu are gray, that's because nothing is selected at the moment! Remember, select first, then do it.


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