How To Copy and Paste on Chromebook: The 4 SIMPLE Methods

How To Copy and Paste on Chromebook: The 4 SIMPLE Methods

Copy and pasting on a Chromebook is easy – here’s how!

Wondering how to copy and paste on Chromebook? Chromebooks are increasingly a popular option for those wanting thin and light notebooks but don’t want to shell out the money for a high-snd PC laptop or MacBook.

Chromebooks are particularly popular for those already locked into the Google or Android ecosystem. For example, if your email is a Gmail, you do most of your searching via Google, and you rely on Good Docs on a daily basis, a Chromebook could be the perfect laptop for you.

But because a Chromebooks doesn’t run macOS or Windows, when many people switch to one they are confused by the operating system. That operating system is ChromeOS. And while ChromeOS isn’t as versatile as macOS or Windows, it’s still a good OS – you just need to take the time to learn how to use it.

But what about when it comes everyday functions like copying and pasting? There’s good news! For the most part, copying and pasting is no different than it is on macOS or Windows.

How To Copy and Paste on Chromebook: The 4 SIMPLE Methods

Let’s take a look at four ways you can copy and post on a Chromebook.

Chromebook: Quick Copy & Paste Using The Keyboard

Okay – trust me – a lot of this will seem familiar if you are used to copy and pasting on a Mac or PC. The first way to copy and paste on a Chromebook is to use the shortcut keys on the keyboard.

And that’s it! Easy, right?

Chromebook: Copy & Paste Everything You See

The above method works great if you just want to copy and paste single words or sentences. But what if you want to copy and paste everything you see in a document? It’s best to select all the text in that case, then copy and paste.

Chromebook: Copy & Paste To Formatting

Sometimes you will copy text from one source that you want to paste into another (like from a website into a Google Doc). In that case, the source and destination locations might have different fonts.

Ideally, you’ll want to match the font of the destination document. Here’s an easy way to do that without having to manually alter the font after pasting it.

Chromebook: Copy & Paste Using The Mouse Or Trackpad

Finally, if you don’t like using keyboard shortcuts like the ones we described above, you can use the mouse or trackpad to copy and paste text on a Chromebook.

And that’s it! Easy, huh?

Be sure to check out how to access your clipboard on Android, too!

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Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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