How to Copy and Paste on a Chromebook


If you need to copy text from one place to another, don’t worry. Copying and pasting on a Chromebook works like you’d expect from any other operating system, and there are a number of ways you can do it.

How to copy text

First, open a document or webpage and highlight the text you want to copy. Right-click the selection, either with two fingers on a trackpad, with a mouse, or by pressing Alt while clicking, then click “Copy.”

Click on "Copy."

Alternatively, instead of using the right-click context menu, you can press Ctrl+C to copy the highlighted text to the clipboard.

Point: If you want to completely remove text from a document while copying it to the clipboard, click “Cut” in the context menu or press Ctrl + X instead.

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How to paste text

Now that you’ve copied some text to the clipboard, open a document, word processor, or text box (like Chrome’s address bar) to paste it in place. Click the mouse cursor where you want to paste the text, right-click, and select “Paste” from the pop-up menu that appears.

To select "Pastry."

If you prefer a keyboard shortcut instead of the context menu, press Ctrl+V to paste the text from the clipboard.

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How to paste text without formatting

If you’re pasting text into a document, chances are you’ll want it to follow the format already in place, especially when copying an entire page. Pasting something that brings its bold, italic, and 16 point style to ruin your document can be frustrating.

The good news is that you can easily remove all that formatting. Right-click the area where you want to paste the text, but this time click “Paste as Plain Text” or “Paste Without Formatting”.

To select "Paste in plain text."

Alternatively, the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V does the same thing and removes all text formatting when pasted into your document.

Access the Chromebook Clipboard

Chromebooks have a built-in clipboard manager that stores the last five things you copied. This includes text, links and images. You can open the clipboard manager to paste more than the last thing you copied.

You can open the clipboard manager anywhere, but if you actually want to paste something, you’ll need to be in a text box or somewhere that can accept a pasted item. Press Search/Launcher + V. (It’s the key above the Shift key on the left side of your keyboard, where the Caps Lock key would be.)

The clipboard manager will appear as a floating box. Simply select one of the items to paste.

Select an item from the clipboard.

You can also remove items from the clipboard manager by hovering your mouse over them and clicking the “X” icon.

Click on "X" to remove the item from the clipboard.

To note: The keyboard shortcut only works if the Search/Launcher key is set to the default behavior. It won’t work if you replaced it with a caps lock button, for example. Also, clipboard items are not retained indefinitely. When you sign out or turn off the Chromebook, the clipboard is cleared.

That’s all we can say about it. Copying and pasting on a Chromebook is a simple thing to do, especially since the keyboard shortcuts work almost the same as those on Windows and macOS.

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