Updated: 05/01/2023 by Computer Hope
Apple Command key, plus sign, and the letter V

Alternatively called Control+V and C-v, Command+V is a keyboard shortcut most commonly used to paste text or other objects from the clipboard. Below are other programs that use this keyboard shortcut and related information.


On Windows computers, the shortcut to paste is Ctrl+V.

How to use the Command+V keyboard shortcut

To use this keyboard shortcut, press and hold either Command key, and while continuing to hold, press V.

Command+V in an Internet browser

In all major Internet browsers (e.g., Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari), pressing Command+V will paste the contents of the clipboard into any editable field. For example, you could paste text from another program into a text box in a form.

Command+V in Excel and other spreadsheet programs

In Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, pressing Command+V will paste anything stored in the clipboard into the currently-selected cell. If you've copied more than one cell, Command+V will paste them starting from your current position.

Command+V in Microsoft PowerPoint

In Microsoft PowerPoint, the Command+V keyboard shortcut pastes any text, image, video, or other objects into the currently-selected PowerPoint slide.

Command+V in Word and other word processors

In Microsoft Word and other word processors, pressing Command+V pastes any text, image, video, or other object into the active document.

Below are links to related keyboard shortcuts and individual key pages.

Cmd, Keyboard shortcut, Keyboard terms, Paste, V