Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

The process of permanently transferring text, data, or files from one location to another without duplicating them. For most users, the easiest method of moving anything on a computer is to cut what you want to move and then paste it in a new area.

How to move text

Right-click menuHighlight the text you want to move and then right-click the highlighted text with your mouse to get a right-click menu similar to the example shown in the picture.

From the right-click menu select Cut to move the text into your clipboard. Once the text has been cut right-click where you want to move (paste) the text and then choose Paste.

Practice moving text

Using the below two text fields try cutting the text in the first box and pasting it into the second box. If done successfully the "Example text to cut" should be moved from the first text field to the second text field. If you copy instead of cut, "Example text to cut" would be in both text fields.

How is moving different than copying?

When you move something, you are taking it from one place to another place. However, when you copy something you leave what you are copying in the same place and make a copy of it in another place. In other words, copying creates a duplicate and moving does not.

Copy, Cut, Paste, Software terms