How The Heck Do I Copy And Paste?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jonkob, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. jonkob macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2007
    Ok, I am new to Mac. I just got a macbook Pro, 2.3 with 2gigs of memory, Just got it today and love the machine. I am having a hard though figuring out the nuances of a Mac, coming from a PC. For one thing, how do I copy and paste text? there is notHing to right click, lol......and when I insert a CD with files or photos on it, how do I save those files and photos? I dont know where to put them, or how to even extract them from the CD to ge them onto the mac.....THANKS IN ADVANCE
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    command-c is copy, command-v is paste.
    Command is the key with the apple on it.

    You can get right-click functions by pressing control as you click, or by enabling 2-finger right clicking in your system preferences.

    To get pictures off of the CD, just browse to it in Finder, then drag them all to whatever folder on your computer that you like. Same for your music files. You can then import them into iPhoto or iTunes as appropriate, if you wish.

    Since you're obviously new to the OS X scene, I'd suggest taking a look at some new user guides; there are some here at Macrumors (in the Guides section) as well as on There are of course a number of books you can buy as well.

    Mac 101
    Switch 101

    Welcome to MR, and congrats on your very nice machine.
  3. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    You can turn on right clicking in your System Preferences, it's done by putting two fingers on the trackpad then clicking, or by holding down Control while clicking (desktop mice have two buttons).

    You can also hit Command + C to copy, Command + X to cut, or Command V to paste.

    You can also usually choose all three from the "Edit" menu of whatever program you're in.

    Additionally, as you get to know your Mac better, as you're going through various menus and stuff, anything that has a command next to it (like a squiggly flower - the Command symbol) and some other letter or stuff - that indicates a key command for that action.

    So Command + P will be print. Command + S is save. Command + N is usually "create new document" in most programs.
  4. MacMosher macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2006
    The two that I found most useful when I started using a Mac were
    command+w -> closes the window
    command+q -> quits the program

    that was one of the big things I noticed when switching was that when you close somthing the program is still open just no windows are present, so you have to quit the program when your done with it.

    annnnndddd just in case you were unsure the command button is the one with the apple on it :)apple: :p )
  5. adrianblaine macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2006
    Pasadena, CA
    These are my two favorite as well, and the cool part is - command+q - works while - command+tab-ing - through programs.
  6. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Drag and drop. Keep in mind theres a neat little feature called spring loaded folders.
  7. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    Damn, I still call it "open-apple" ... a holdover from the old days when we had TWO apple keys on our keyboards. An open-apple key that had an apple outline on the left, and a closed-apple key that had a solid apple on the right side of the spacebar.
  8. Howard Brazee macrumors 6502

    Howard Brazee

    Oct 24, 2006
    Lafayette CO
  9. richard4339 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2006
    I remember the Open Apple and Closed Apple buttons, I had an Apple a LOOOOONG time ago like that.

    If it makes you feel any better though, I've been using a Mac now for over a year, and still haven't figured out how to print screen ;-)
  10. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    You can get a screencapture by pressing command + shift + 3. Another useful key combo would be command + M to minimize, command + H to hide the app and you might find command + option + ctrl + 8 interesting ;).
  11. Howard Brazee macrumors 6502

    Howard Brazee

    Oct 24, 2006
    Lafayette CO
    Here's one way

    But it reminds me of what we had to do with early versions of Windows - except I still have to edit by hand to get the sub window I wanted to print or to save so I can add it to a document. Not at all clean and simple.

    There are lots of things that I'm hoping will become intuitive with time. But I have had to use Word to create a multi-page fax document of scanned stuff and then find PDF at the bottom of the print menu to fax. (I wanted to put in a fax number in the address book and use it - but I haven't figured that out yet) That's not intuitive, and it's a lot of work. And some things I haven't figured out at all.

    I expect it will come in time. Everybody says it is easier and more natural than Windows - but those examples indicate that I must have found the tougher and less natural alternatives and still need to learn the easy way.
  12. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Oh my, i'd forgotten that - must be why i do EVERYTHING with the one on the left side! LOL!!!
  13. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I'd read this Apple Support article if I were you. Saves you some of that manual editing.
  14. cazlar macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    As wrldwzrd89's link shows, while the Cmd-Shift-3 keystroke grabs the whole screen, you can be a bit more specific if you use Cmd-Shift-4, as you can choose the area you want (or hit the space bar to grab a single window). Also, control in combination with these commands will put it on the clipboard instead of a file - that's usually more useful for me.
  15. RMD68 macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
    Nice! That's a cool one. I didnt know of it.:D
  16. spinne1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2005
    Hermitage, TN USA (near Nashville)
    You'll find that it is almost all easier once you learn the right way to do each task.

    But with that said, not EVERYTHING is going to be easier on a Mac, but we'll try to help the best we can. For faxing read this:
    (I see that you know to use the PDF tab in the print menu, but you seem to find the process of making a document via scanning into Word until ready to fax difficult. Is that correct? What would be the process to scan a multi-page document and then fax it in Windows? Maybe then I'll know how it is different.)

    For adding a fax number to Address Book, simply take an existing card, hit the edit button near the bottom of the window, click the little green plus sign near the existing phone number(s) and then add the fax number and then change the type of number to "fax" using the drop down menu right where it presently says "mobile" or "home" or something like that. If you already know how to do that but instead were asking how you take an existing phone number that is already set up in Address Book as a fax and easily fax to that number, I hope the above link answers the question. If not, please restate exactly what you are hoping to accomplish and maybe someone will know a better way.

    As for screenshots, here is some info (the info is dated but generally helpful):

    Now, screen grabs are in the .png format instead of .pdf. You can change the default screen grab format by going into Terminal:

    EDIT: largely ignore the screenshot link above and read this instead:
  17. Howard Brazee macrumors 6502

    Howard Brazee

    Oct 24, 2006
    Lafayette CO
    It took me a while to scan in my documents. Then I looked for a fax application to fax it these. I didn't find it (which doesn't mean it's not there), so I decided to turn all of these scans into one document using Word.

    Then I faxed the word document, and it appeared to work. I faxed it again the next day and discovered a place that listed two successful faxes. Except we found out that the first fax was not complete.

    I tried to create a fax number in Address Book, I put in a phone number, and tried to enter the name in the fax application, but failed.

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