For Seniors: Copy or Move Data between Windows Programs

It is often very helpful to get information from one Windows 8.1 program and copy it into another program. You won’t have to re-type information more than once, and can help you save time and effort.

1

Click the Desktop tile on the Start screen.

You should see the File Explorer icon.

2

Click the File Explorer icon in the taskbar to open it.

This will open File Explorer.

3

Browse and open documents in two programs. Right-click the taskbar on the Windows Desktop and choose Show Windows Side by Side.

If you don’t need one of the active programs displayed, click the Minimize button in the program window so that just the program you’re working with appears.

4

Select the information that you want to move, and then click the selected content and, using your mouse, drag it to the other document window.

For example, you can click and drag your mouse to highlight text or numbers, or click on a graphical object in a document.

5

Release your mouse, and the information is copied to the document in the destination window.

You can also use simple cut-and-paste or copy-and-paste keystroke shortcuts to take information from one application and move it or place a copy of it into a document in another application. To do this, first click and drag over the information in a document, and then press Ctrl+X to cut or Ctrl+C to copy the item.

Click in the destination document where you want to place the item and press Ctrl+V. Alternately, you can right-click content and choose Cut, Copy, or Paste commands from the menu that appears.

Remember, dragging content won’t work between every type of program. For example, you can’t click and drag an open picture in Paint into the Windows Calendar. It will most dependably work when dragging text or objects from one Office or other standard word-processing, presentation, database, or spreadsheet program to another.

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