It is likely that if you are reading this you have spent very little time using an Apple Mac computer . It may even take only a few hours. The first time macOS is used, and more coming from Windows, it is usually somewhat chaotic at first since you feel somewhat disoriented and even the most basic actions seem complex to perform in macOS. However, everything is simpler and more intuitive than it seems .

One of these big problems that you have probably faced is the fact of copying and pasting any text. On the keyboard of a Mac the keys are somewhat different and unfortunately the commands too. That is why we must carry out an adaptation process that can be really simple. In this article we tell you how you can do this copy and paste action in a simple way.

Cut and paste in macOS is similar to Windows
The Microsoft operating system, Windows, allows copying / cutting and pasting in different ways . Well the same thing happens in macOS and that is that we can carry out this action with the mouse or trackpad or using keyboard shortcuts. Surely the typical ‘Command C + Command V’ is very present in your Windows philosophy and this can also be transferred to a Mac.

How to Copy and Past on Mac

Whether you want to perform an action with a batch of documents or text, the way to copy / cut and paste with the mouse or trackpad is as follows:

To copy-paste text –

Step 1.  Use the mouse or trackpad to select the text or files that you want to cut or copy. The process is simple since you simply have to get to the beginning of the text by pressing the left button and dragging to the end of the text you want to manipulate (or by pressing with a single finger on the trackpad).

Step 2.  Use the right mouse button to right-click and select the “Copy” or “Cut” option. If you are using a trackpad, you can do this by clicking on the right side of the trackpad if you have it configured or pressing anywhere with two fingers. It must be said that if the action you want to carry out is to cut, you will not find an option named like this for the files, and it is that to move them the easiest thing is to select them and drag them to the folder where you want to paste them.


Step 3. Once you are in the folder, document or place where you want to take your text or files, you must again right-click with the mouse or trackpad and choose the “Paste” option.

Step 4. Press trackpad with both fingers → Paste


The commands you need to know to copy and paste on Mac

As you can see, it is a simple and practically identical step to the one carried out on a Windows computer, however there is an even simpler and faster way using the keyboard shortcuts:

  1. Select the text or files that you want to copy / cut and press the cmd + c keys in case you want to copy or cmd + x if you want to cut. As with the previous method, for files you will not be able to make this cut option unless you select and drag.
  2. Go to the document, folder or place where you want to paste the file and press cmd + v.

We hope that this tutorial to cut and paste on Mac has helped you to know a little more macOS. We insist that at first the Apple operating system may seem very different from any other, but once the days go by you will see that it is not so much. We must also insist that this is a tremendously basic tutorial that is focused for those new users in the Mac world.


Step 1. Select text as above

Step 2. Command + C – Copy

Step 3. Command + V – Paste


To copy paste Images

Step 1. Go to image you want to copy

Step 2. Press the trackpad with both fingers → Copy Image

Step 3. Go to location you want to paste in


Step 4. Press trackpad with both fingers → Paste

And you, have you felt lost in your first days on Mac? Leave us your impressions in the comment box.