How to copy and paste on a Chromebook
When you change a new computer that does not run on the same operating system as the old one (eg from a Windows laptop to a Chromebook), it takes some time to understand how to operate it.
Habits you developed on your previous device may not explain the same way.
Copying and pasting are two simple but necessary steps that can greatly improve your productivity.
Fortunately, using the copy-and-paste feature on a Chromebook is basically the same as using a Windows device.
If you’ve just bought yourself a brand new Chromebook, here’s everything you need to know about copying and pasting text on it.
Chromebook copy and paste methods
Copy and paste with the trackpad or the mouse
The most common way to copy and paste on any computer is to right-click. For trackpad users, this command can be performed by touching the surface of the trackpad with two fingers. Chromebooks work exactly the same.
When you right-click or tap with two fingers, a context menu will appear where you will find the copy and paste commands. Then use a regular left click or single tap to select the operation you want.
Copy and paste using keyboard shortcuts
Using keyboard shortcuts is one of the easiest ways to copy and paste on a Chromebook, especially if you’re running a Mac in the background.
Press and hold the control button (usually on the left corner of the keyboard) while pressing C or V to copy or paste. Usually these abbreviations are abbreviated as follows:
- Ctrl + C (copy)
- Ctrl + V (paste)
If you’re not used to copying and pasting with keyboard shortcuts, you may need a bit of practice before you get used to the finger movements.
Most people who are new to these keystrokes may never have pressed the Ctrl button before. However, in time you will understand this.
Other handy Chromebook text shortcuts
How to choose everything on a Chromebook
Chromebooks can also use the Select All command. This allows all text in a text area or page to be highlighted.
You can also use the control and A s to highlight all the text on the page and then copy it using the Ctrl + C shortcut or the mouse / trackpad method. This abbreviation is usually abbreviated as follows:
How to paste without formatting on a Chromebook
Sometimes you want the text you are copying to be stripped of the formatting from the source. Chromebooks have a quick keyboard shortcut to help you achieve this. Start by selecting and copying the text you need, then head to the destination where you want to paste it.
Now hold down Ctrl and the Shift key (usually above the Ctrl key) while pressing V – this will paste the text without any formatting. Here’s a short abbreviation of that key press:
How to cut on a Chromebook
If you’re moving text and don’t want it to stay on the source page or file, you can use the cut command, which is also available on Chromebooks.
This operation can be found in the menu by right-clicking or tapping with two fingers, and can be selected in the same way as the copy and paste functions.
This will copy the selected text to the clipboard and remove it from the source.
On your keyboard, just hold down the Ctrl key and then press X. This has the same effect as above. The shortcut of the key is as follows:
Which Chromebook Copy and Paste Method is Better?
Copying and pasting text is a common feature that people use fairly regularly. Most users still use the right-click menu out of habit, while power users use keyboard shortcuts.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to deciding which method works best in terms of productivity and efficiency. Objectively, using a keyboard shortcut is always faster and more flexible. With a little practice, you can develop enough ambidextrous to use the mouse for selections and your left hand for copy-paste shortcuts.
On the other hand, some people find that changing a habit is difficult and therefore slow. It may take a while for your fingers to instinctively touch the correct keys. And if you don’t copy and paste that often on your Chromebook, switching to keyboard methods might be overkill.