How to copy and paste on a Chromebook

Knowing how to copy and paste on a Chromebook is one of the most convenient and useful lessons for ChromeOS users.

Luckily for you, copying and pasting is as easy as it gets, and there are a few different ways to do it, too.

So sit down and get comfortable because here’s everything you need to know about copying and pasting on a Chromebook.

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The short version

  • Use Ctrl C and Ctrl V
  • Use right-click highlighting
  1. Step
    1

    Use Ctrl C and Ctrl V

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    For most people, the easiest way to copy and paste on a Chromebook is arguably through some good old shortcuts. Unlike macOS, your existing muscle memory to copy and paste on Windows comes in handy here, as the process is exactly the same.

    First, select the text you want to copy by holding the trackpad and dragging your cursor over it, or press Ctrl + A if you want to copy an entire text document.

    Once the copy is highlighted, press Ctrl+C, which copies the text to your clipboard without deleting it. If instead you want to cut the text from one document to another, press Ctrl+X.

    Then navigate to where you want to paste the text and just press Ctrl + V. The copied text should then reappear in its new document. It’s also worth noting that when you press Ctrl+Shift+V, the text is pasted in plain text or with no formatting. This is especially handy when you’re creating a new document and want to format everything consistently at once.blank

  2. Step
    2

    Use right-click highlighting

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    If you don’t want to use keyboard shortcuts, ChromeOS gives you another handy way to copy and paste – right-click highlighting on the trackpad.

    To do this, use the trackpad to highlight the text you want to copy. Then tap the trackpad with two fingers. This works similar to Windows laptops and even macOS and should bring up the context menu from which you can copy the text.

    Then move to where you want to paste the new text, tap the trackpad again with two fingers, and proceed to paste or paste without formatting, depending on what you need to do.blank

frequently asked Questions

My text cannot be inserted. What can I do?

Sometimes a text or file that you want to copy and paste is not compliant. The best way to alleviate this is to just keep trying until it works, and if that doesn’t work, just restart your laptop.

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