What is Clipboard? This tutorial will give you the answer!


The Clipboard is an area of memory in which you can store text, graphics or any other items. Maybe you never notice the existence of it when you perform copy and paste.

Here is the actual fact.

When you copy any item in your Word document, actually the item is store in a virtual area called clipboard, and then when you perform the paste, computer will take it from the virtual area and paste the item to the intended location.

Let put you in action!


Concept behind the Copy and Paste

To copy text, graphic, or other items to the Clipboard

  • Select the item you wish to copy to the Clipboard.
  • From the Edit menu, click Copy.
    Note: The item here can be highlight text, select a graphic, etc.


    To copy multiple items to the Clipboard

  • To copy multiple items, simply select each item and copy it to the Clipboard.
    Note: Microsoft Office 2003 allows you to copy 24 items to the clipboard at once.


    To cut selected items from a document

  • Select the items that you want to cut.
  • From the Edit menu, click Cut.


    To paste data from the Clipboard

  • Select the data/item you wish to Cut or Copy.
  • Use the Cut or Copy command to place the data in the clipboard.
  • Then locate the insertion point at a different location within your current document (or indeed in a different document, or even a different Windows program).
  • From the Edit menu, click Paste.


    To paste multiple items from the Clipboard

  • If the Clipboard toolbar is not displayed, then you can display it by clicking on View menu, point to Toolbars and click on Clipboard.
  • Icons on this toolbar include Copy, Paste All and Clear Clipboard.
  • To paste an item simply click on the appropriate icon on the Clipboard toolbar.
  • To paste multiple items, just click on the multiple icons located on the Clipboard toolbar.

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