How to Copy, Paste or Cut Text When You Can't Right Click

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In an ideal world, every text field would have a right-click context menu to copy, paste and cut text or images. Unfortunately, however, not all text fields are equipped with these handy context menus, but the good news is that doesn't mean you can't copy, cut or paste text without a huge hassle.

For example, if you find yourself in Windows Live Hotmail without the context you're used to, you can either employ the toolbar buttons (Cut Text, Copy Text and Paste Text; right at the toolbar's beginning) or use universal keyboard shortcuts. Read on for some quick how-tos.

Copy, Paste or Cut Text Without a Context Menu

To copy text:

  • Highlight the content you want to copy with the mouse.
  • Press Ctrl-C (Windows and Linux) or Command-C (Mac).

To paste text:

  • Position the text cursor where you want to paste.
  • Press Ctrl-V (Windows and Linux) or Command-V (Mac).

To cut text:

  • Highlight the desired content with the mouse.
  • Press Ctrl-X (Windows and Linux) or Command-X (Mac).

To undo the last action or text input:

  • Press Ctrl-Z (Windows and Linux) or Command-Z (Mac).