How to copy and paste on a Mac computer, or from a Mac to other Apple devices

Copying and pasting on a Mac works similarly to other computing devices. You can copy text, images, files, and other content from one place and paste it into another. Additionally, if you’re within the Apple ecosystem, you can use features like Universal Clipboard to copy on one Apple device and paste on another.

Copying and Pasting on a Mac:

  1. Text:
    • To copy text, select the text you want to copy.
    • Right-click the selected text and choose “Copy” from the context menu, or press “Command + C” on your keyboard.
    • Move to the location where you want to paste the text.
    • Right-click the destination area and choose “Paste” from the context menu, or press “Command + V” on your keyboard.
  2. Files and Folders:
    • To copy files or folders, select the item(s) you want to copy.
    • Right-click the selected item(s) and choose “Copy” from the context menu, or press “Command + C” on your keyboard.
    • Navigate to the location where you want to paste the files or folders.
    • Right-click the destination area and choose “Paste Item” from the context menu, or press “Command + V” on your keyboard.
  3. Images:
    • To copy images, right-click the image and choose “Copy Image” from the context menu, or press “Command + C” on your keyboard.
    • Move to the location where you want to paste the image.
    • Right-click the destination area and choose “Paste” from the context menu, or press “Command + V” on your keyboard.

Universal Clipboard (Copying and Pasting Across Apple Devices):

If you have multiple Apple devices (such as a Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc.) logged in with the same Apple ID and connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can use the Universal Clipboard feature to copy on one device and paste on another. Here’s how:

  1. Ensure you’re signed in: Make sure you’re signed in to the same Apple ID on all devices and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Copy on one device:
    • On your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, select the content you want to copy.
    • Use the regular copy method (such as right-clicking and choosing “Copy” or using “Command + C”).
  3. Paste on another device:
    • Move to the destination device (Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc.).
    • Use the regular paste method (such as right-clicking and choosing “Paste” or using “Command + V”).

Universal Clipboard works for text, images, and other compatible content between macOS and iOS devices.

Remember that both devices need to meet the compatibility requirements, be logged into the same Apple ID, and connected to the same Wi-Fi network for this feature to work.

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