1. To duplicate text, data, files, or disks, enabling you to have two or more copies of the same file or segments of data. Copying a file to an alternate location such as a floppy disk drive is a common procedure for backing up or sharing a file.

How to copy text

Copya. Highlight the text you want to copy, this could be one word, one line, a paragraph or all of the text in the document.

b. Click Edit from the top file menu in the program and click Copy


Right-click the selected text and select copy.


Highlight the text and use the shortcut key Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert.

c. Once the above steps have been done the text will be moved into a temporary area known as the clipboard. You can then paste the text any number of times into any other document until something else is moved into the clipboard.

Note: Nothing will be copied and the copy option in the file menu will be grayed out if nothing is highlighted.

Practice copying text

Using the below two text fields try copying the text in the first box and pasting it into the second box. If done complete you should have "Example copy text" in both of the below text fields.

Related pages

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

  • See the copy command page for further information about the MS-DOS and Windows command line copy 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