Copy1. 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?

Below is a listing of keyboard shortcuts for how you can copy on different operating systems. Keep in mind that whatever is being cut must be highlighted or selected first.

  • 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.

Related pages

2.Copy is also used in the command line to copy a file from one directory to another.

  • 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.

Also see: Clipboard, Copy con, Ctrl+C, Cut, Move, Paste