Cut, Copy, and Paste Selected Files and Folders

By Andy Rathbone

Cutting, copying, and pasting are basic file-management commands. You can cut, copy, and paste files and folders (and other things) in Windows Vista. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Select the item to cut or copy: a few words, a file, a Web address, or any other item.

  2. Right-click your selection and choose Cut or Copy from the menu that appears, depending on your needs.

    Use Cut when you want to move something. Use Copy when you want to duplicate something, leaving the original intact.

    Keyboard shortcut: Hold down Ctrl and press X to cut or C to copy.

  3. Right-click the item’s destination and choose Paste.

    You can right-click inside a document, folder, or nearly any other place.

    Keyboard shortcut: Hold down Ctrl and press V to paste.