COPY and PASTE on Mac  ▷ Step by Step Guide ▷ 2020

There are people like you and me who we are used to using Windows computers for as long as we can remember, so we always usually remember each of the shortcuts, commands and tools that it has and that we learned unconsciously.

This is when we ask ourselves what happens when we buy a Mac computer? Of course, at some point someone has thought about having one, but what about all those things and habits that we acquire in Windows? Will we be able to copy and paste documents and images as we used to? Or do you have another way of doing it? Yes, there are certain things that are different on Mac. Although they are different operating systems, it can be a bit difficult to understand and get used to, although you should know that they are handled almost the same.

For this reason, in this article we will explain how to copy and paste text and images easily on Apple Mac computers, as well as several quick commands and shortcuts to help you do it. Then We will provide several methods for you to learn a little more on these computers and familiarize yourself with each function.

Quick commands and shortcuts for copying and pasting on a Mac computer

Sometimes we think that using a Mac computer can be quite complicated, but it is not as difficult as it seems, you just have to learn how to use it and remember keyboard commands and mouse functions, so you can do it quickly by these shortcuts.

With keyboard

You should know that Mac has two different ways to make a copy and paste of documents and images, one of them is with certain key combinations where you can perform actions that normally require a mouse, trackpad, or any other device. In this part we will show you how you can do it using the keyboard.

  • The first thing you should know is that you can use the computer keyboard to open the system menu and copy and paste documents.
  • To do this you are going to press the combination of the keys “Command + C” to duplicate the content.

command + c to copy document on mac

  • In turn, you can press the keys “Command + V” after copying a text to be able to paste it in the destination location.

command + v to paste document with mac

With the mouse

The second way to easily copy and paste is with your Mac computer’s mouse. To use it you must go to Apple menu> System Preferences> Mouse. To do it through this input device, you will have to do the following.

First of all you should know that to copy and paste with the mouse of your Mac computer, you will have to know if it has one or two buttons.

  • If you have two, you will have to right click on the document you want and then a menu will appear, where you must select the option “Copy” or “Paste”.

Left click mouse context menu

  • If on the contrary, you have a single button, you must click on the document you want while holding down the “Command” key simultaneously. Later a menu will open for you to select “Copy” or “Paste”.

copy, cut and paste with Mac mouse

What if the copy and paste function does not work on Mac?

Possibly you may have tried all the options described above to copy and paste on your Mac computer but for some reason it has not worked and you want to know what to do. Well, we will tell you so that you can solve the problem.

With Activity Monitor

Although it seems unusual, sometimes it can happen that copy paste action hangs. Which is a bit uncomfortable and annoying, since it is a function widely used by users. If you have had bugs, this time we will use one of the ways to make it work quickly. This is the activity monitor, which is located in the applications folder.

What we have to do is relaunch this feature, that is, force it to close and open again. This action solves almost all clipboard stuck or other problems.

  • From the Finder, you must access “Applications / utilities” or from “Spotlight”, accessing with “Command + Spacebar”, there you will have to write “Activity Monitor”.
  • After it is open, in the box you must write: “Pboard”.

fix copy paste issue with activity monitor

  • Select the option pboard and click on the X located in the upper left.
  • You will get a window that will tell you if you want to stop the process. You will proceed to press on “Force exit” and ready.

Through Terminal

This is the second way to do it, using the option “Through the terminal” where you will have to look in the Applications folder in (Spotlight) the option called “Terminal”. Then you will have to access it to be able to make the paste and copy option work on your computer.

  • Once the applications folder is open, as mentioned in the previous section, you must locate the application“Terminal”.
  • There you must write “Killall pboard”.
  • In this simple way you will be able to leave the option called “Through the terminal”. If for some reason, neither of the two ways to do it above helps you, you will have to restart your Mac computer.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will surely be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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