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copy and paste

(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".

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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 people are actually doing is 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.
To begin, it was essential that the workgroup first define the scope of copy and paste. The definition chosen was information that was obtained from other areas or from different systems volitionally used elsewhere without having to retype that same information.
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Students' ability to enter information into the tool by typing was disabled, obliging students to copy and paste information into the tool (under restricted or unrestricted conditions).
Based on our qualitative findings, one answer is that most students should use copy and paste in lieu of typing or writing for practical, motivational and learning-related reasons.
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Among new benefits is the product's support of a wide range of PC operating systems and applications including Windows, Linux and PC-DOS; its ability to run multiple operating at the same time; its integration with the Mac OS including drag-and-drop file transfer, as well as copy and paste between Mac and PC applications.
Click on the copy and paste keys to create a new data box as shown below.
Highlight both the Sales Tax label and data boxes and perform a copy and paste. That action will produce a copy of the text and data box directly below the original.
The simple "copy and paste" technology of word processors works in a similar manner in Windows.