How to Cut, Copy, and Paste in Pages for Mac OS X Snow Leopard

By Mark L. Chambers

Pages is the desktop publishing application included with Mac OS X Snow Leopard. As with most word-processing applications, Pages lets you cut, copy, and paste any part of your document to improve the layout or just get your thoughts in order.

Cutting text or images

Cutting selected text or graphics removes it from your Pages document and places that material within your Clipboard. (Think of the Clipboard as a holding area for snippets of text and graphics that you want to manipulate.) To cut text or graphics, select some material and do one of the following:

  • Choose Edit→Cut.

  • Press Command+X.

If you simply want to remove the selected material from your Pages document (and you don’t plan to paste it somewhere else), just select the text and press the Delete key.

Copying text and images

When you copy text or graphics, the original selection remains untouched, but a copy of the selection is placed in the Clipboard. Select some text or graphics and do one of the following:

  • Choose Edit→Copy.

  • Press Command+C.

If you cut or copy a new selection into the Clipboard, it erases what was there. In other words, the Clipboard holds only the latest material you cut or copied.

Pasting from the Clipboard

Are you wondering what you can do with all that stuff that’s accumulating in your Clipboard? Pasting the contents of the Clipboard places the material at the current location of the insertion cursor. You can repeat a paste operation as often as you like because the contents of the Clipboard aren’t cleared. However, remember that the Clipboard holds only the contents of your last copy or cut operation, so you must paste the contents before you cut or copy again to avoid losing what’s in the Clipboard.

To paste the Clipboard contents, place the cursor where you want to insert the goods and do one of the following:

  • Choose Edit→Paste.

  • Press Command+V.