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cut and paste

[¦kət ən ′pāst]
(computer science)
An editing function of a word processing system in which a portion of text is marked with a particular character at the beginning and at the end and is then copied to another location within the text. Also known as block move.

cut and paste

cut and paste

To move files, folders and selected text to another location. Cut removes the item from its current location and places it into the clipboard. Paste inserts the current clipboard contents into the new location.

"Cut and Paste" Is Often "Copy and Paste"
Users very often copy files, folders, images and text from one location to another. However, they often erroneously refer to this as "cut and paste," which is a relocation or "move" and not a "copy." See clipboard, copy and paste and Win Copy between windows.
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eWebEditPro now provides HTML that conforms to the rules of XML, and it easily allows users to cut and paste from Office 2000 without losing formatting.
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