Copy and Paste

May 03, 2013


Copy   Copy and Paste   Copy and Paste shortcut   Excel on Mac   Excel Shortcuts for Mac   Excel Skin  

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This week we’re going to learn how to copy and paste in Microsoft Excel for Mac with shortcuts.  Although they are 2 separate shortcuts, copy and paste almost always are executed one after the other.  


The copy shortcut has to be one of the most used shortcuts for Microsoft Excel.  Very rarely will I open up an Excel spreadsheet and not execute this shortcut.  It ensures the information is copied correctly, has the ability to copy formulas, will copy over any information in the cell you paste it, and is a simple one modifier key shortcut.

Step 1: Select the cell you wish to copy.

Step 2: Execute the “Copy” shortcut.  The “Copy” shortcut can be found on the “C” key.  The “Copy” text is presented in the color that corresponds with only 1 modifier key, the “command” key.  Therefore our shortcut is “command” + “C”.


The copied cell will now be animated with blinking lines that border the cell.  This is also useful if you forget which cell you have copied, it’s the blinking one!

Now that we have a copied cell we must move onto the Paste function.


We have the cell with the text “Copy Me” copied and now we must paste it.  

Step 1: Select the cell you wish to paste your copied information into.  

Step 2: Execute the “Paste” shortcut. The Paste shortcut is located convientiely next to the “Copy” shortcut, on the “V” key.  “Paste” is also written in a color that corresponds to the “command” modifier key, and thus our shortcut is “command” + “V”.


After executing this shortcut, our copied data will appear in the selected cell.  

Once you get use to it, the Copy and Paste shortcuts will become your most used, and most efficient shortcuts on Microsoft Excel for Mac.  

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