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The cut and paste operations are available
in a wide variety of different programs and
windowing systems. The mechanics
of the operation vary a lot, but they all have these things in
- The purpose of cutting and pasting is to move or copy
text from one place to another.
- For the cut operation, you select a chunk of
text, and then cut it. It disappears from there, but
it is saved somewhere. The place it is saved is often
called the clipboard.
- For the paste operation, you indicate some location,
and when you paste, the saved text is inserted there.
Many tools support a third operation called copy.
This is like cut, but the text does not disappear from its
original location---only a copy of that text goes to the
See also: Glossary: C
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