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copy and paste

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(Or "cut and paste", after the paper, scissors and glue method of document production) The system supported by most document editing applications (e.g. text editors) and most operating systems that allows you to select a part of the document and then save it in a temporary buffer (known variously as the "clipboard", "cut buffer", "kill ring"). A "copy" leaves the document unchanged whereas a "cut" deletes the selected part.

A "paste" inserts the data from the clipboard at the current position in the document (usually replacing any currently selected data). This may be done more than once, in more than one position and in different documents.

More sophisticated operating systems support copy and paste of different data types between different applications, possibly with automatic format conversion, e.g from rich text to plain ASCII.

GNU Emacs uses the terms "kill" instead of "cut" and "yank" instead of "paste" and data is stored in the "kill ring".

copy and paste

To make a copy of a file, folder or selected text in another location. The phrase "cut and paste" is often used when the function is really copy and paste. See cut and paste, clipboard, Win Copy between windows, Copy and Xcopy.
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The safety issues surrounding the use of the copy and paste functionality spurred the Partnership to form a workgroup to evaluate the issue and to develop safe practice recommendations for the use of this functionality.
The workgroup also reviewed deidentified safety events associated with the copy and paste functionality, which illustrated how reusing information without review can compromise patient safety.
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