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In computing, cut and paste is a user-interface paradigm for a means of moving text (typically plain text) or other data from a source to a destination. This paradigm is closely associated with graphical user interfaces that use pointing devices.

The term "cut and paste" of course derives from the traditional practice in manuscript editing in which paragraphs were literally cut from a page with scissors and physically pasted onto another page. This was standard practice as late as the 1960s. "Editing scissors" with blades long enough to cut an 8-1/2"-wide page were available at stationery stores. The advent of photocopiers made the practice easier and more flexible. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cut_and_paste [Sept 2004]


In computing, copy-and-paste is a popular, simple method of reproducing text or other data from a source to a destination.

Copying can be performed on most graphical user interface systems using the key combination Ctrl+C, or by using some other method, such as a context menu or a toolbar button. Once data have been copied into the area of memory referred to as the clipboard, they can be pasted into a destination using the key combination Ctrl+V, or another method dependent on the system. (Macintosh computers use the key combinations Command+C and Command+V)

The popularity of this method stems from its simplicity and the ease with which data can be moved between various applications without resorting to permanent storage.

Moving is done with cut and paste. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copy_and_paste [Dec 2004]

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