cut and paste

Definition: To remove a selected bit of text, selection of cell contents, selected part of a graphic or image etc. from a file and store it temporarily in a clipboard to be used elsewhere, at which point the cut selection is said to be 'pasted'. * In the best known systems, the cut item can be pasted into an altogether different program from the original.
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Learn the key-board short-cut for cut and paste: whatever the program, they are nearly always control-x (on PCs) or command-x (Mac) for cut; and control-v or command-v for paste. It's so much quicker and easier than using the menu. We all use cut and paste so often, the keyboard short-cuts could save you hours every year! (Goodness knows why these keys: thank that classic program Wordstar for setting the convention.)

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