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Lesson 16. Positioning and Sizing Object... > Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Object...

Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Objects

You can cut, copy, and paste objects on a slide to rearrange the objects or to use the objects to create a picture. When you cut an object, PowerPoint removes the object from the slide and places it in a temporary holding area called the Windows Clipboard. When you copy an object, the original object remains on the slide, and PowerPoint places a copy of it on the Clipboard. In either case, you can then paste the object from the Clipboard onto the current slide or another slide. To cut or copy an object, perform the following steps:

  1. Select the object(s) you want to cut, copy, or move.

  2. Right-click on the selection and choose Cut or Copy from the shortcut menu. Or, select Edit, Cut or Edit, Copy, or click the Cut or Copy buttons on the Standard toolbar.

  3. Display the slide on which you want to place the cut or copied object(s). (You can also open a different Windows program, to paste it into, if you prefer.)

  4. Select Edit, Paste, or click on the Paste button on the Standard toolbar. PowerPoint pastes the object(s) on the slide.


    Keyboard Shortcuts You can press Ctrl+X to cut, Ctrl+C to copy, and Ctrl+V to paste instead of using the toolbar buttons or the menu.

  5. Move the mouse pointer over any of the pasted objects, hold down the mouse button, and drag the objects to where you want them.

  6. Release the mouse button.



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