How to Copy and Paste on a Chromebook

The Chromebook, with its sleek design and seamless Chrome integration, is a popular choice for many users. But for those new to the Chromebook experience, even basic tasks like copying and pasting can seem like a mystery. Fear not! This guide will equip you with the knowledge to master copy and pasting on your Chromebook like a pro.

There are two main ways to copy and paste on a Chromebook: using keyboard shortcuts and using the touchpad gestures.

Keyboard Shortcut Champions:

  • Copy: This is the first step. Highlight the text or image you want to copy. Then, press the Ctrl key (located on the bottom left corner of your keyboard) and C key (usually next to the Ctrl key) simultaneously. This action copies the selection to your Chromebook’s clipboard, a temporary storage space.

  • Paste: Navigate to where you want the copied content to appear. This could be a new document, a chat window, or an email. Now, press the Ctrl key and V key (usually below the C key) together. Voila! The copied text or image will be pasted into your desired location.

Touchpad Techniques:

  • Copy: Similar to the keyboard shortcut, highlight the content you want to copy. Then, tap the touchpad with two fingers simultaneously. A small menu might appear, with “Copy” as an option. You can either select “Copy” from the menu or simply tap again with two fingers to confirm the copy action.

  • Paste: Move your cursor to where you want to paste the copied content. Now, tap the touchpad with two fingers again. The menu might pop up, displaying “Paste” as an option. Select “Paste” or simply tap twice again to complete the pasting process.

Bonus Tip: Multi-Paste Magic (For Chromebooks with Search Key)

Some Chromebooks have a key with a magnifying glass icon (often replacing the Caps Lock key). This key, known as the Search key, unlocks an additional pasting power – multi-paste!

  • After copying multiple things, hold down the Search key and tap V. This will display a history of your copied items, allowing you to select and paste the specific content you need.


  • Copied content remains on your clipboard until you copy something new, so you can paste the same thing multiple times within a short period.
  • If you’re unsure about your Chromebook’s keyboard layout, consult the user manual or search online for a visual guide.

With these simple steps, you’ll be a Chromebook copy-paste pro in no time! So, grab your Chromebook and get ready to conquer your tasks with efficient copying and pasting.