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How to Cut, Copy, and Paste on Your Android Tablet

Cut, copy, and paste on your Android tablet work just like in your favorite word processor. After you select the text, choose the proper command from the Text Selection toolbar. To copy the text, choose the Copy command. To cut the text, choose Cut.

Just like on a computer, cut or copied text on an Android tablet is stored on a clipboard. To paste any previously cut or copied text, move the cursor to the spot where you want the text pasted.

If you’re lucky, you’ll see a Paste button above the blinking cursor. If not, touch the cursor tab to see the Paste button. Touch that command to paste the text.


The Paste command can be accessed also from the Text Selection toolbar, although in that case the pasted text replaces any highlighted text on the screen.

The Paste command can appear anywhere text is input on the tablet, such as in an e-mail message, in a Twitter Tweet, or in any text field.

  • The Paste button shows up only when there’s text to paste.

  • You can paste text only into locations where text is allowed. Odds are good that if you can type, or whenever you see the onscreen keyboard, you can paste text.

  • Some Android tablets let you view items stored on the clipboard. You may find a Clipboard app on the Apps screen, or you may see a Clipboard command when you cut, copy, or paste text. Some keyboards feature a Clipboard button, which you can use to summon the clipboard.

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