1. First developed by Larry Tesler, copy and paste or copy is the act of duplicating text, data, files, or disks, producing two or more of the same file or segments of data. Copying a file to an alternate location, such as a USB jump drive, is a common procedure for backing up or sharing a file.
What is the keyboard shortcut for copy?
- PC desktop and laptop = Ctrl + C
- Apple desktop and laptop = Cmd + C
- Google Chromebook = Ctrl + C
Tip: On many devices, you can also right-click on the highlighted text and select Copy from the right-click menu.
When something is copied where does it go?
When something is copied, it goes to the Clipboard and remains there until something else is copied or cut on the computer. By storing anything copied in the clipboard you can paste it multiple times.
How is copying different than moving?
When you copy something, you leave what you are copying in the same place and make a copy of it in another place. However, when you move something, you are taking it from one place to another place. In other words, copying creates a duplicate and moving does not.
Why would someone copy instead of move?
As mentioned above when you copy something it remains in the same place and can be duplicated wherever it is being pasted. For example, you could copy a file and then paste that file in five other folders on the computer.
- See the copy command page for information about the MS-DOS and Windows command line command.
- See the Linux and Unix cp command page for further information about this command.