How to copy the selected text and leave the original text in position?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by splitloop, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. splitloop macrumors newbie

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    On Windows It was done with Ctrl held, cant figure out hot do I do it on Mac?
     
  2. aerowave macrumors member

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    Your can use the keyboard shortcuts copy (cmd+C) then paste (cmd+V) or you can hold down the option (alt) key while dragging selected text to duplicate it.
     
  3. splitloop thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks, thats how I expected it to work, but for some reason it doesnt work (for me?). I can see a green Plus icon appearing, but the original text is being removed instead of being leaved in peace
     
  4. aerowave macrumors member

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    What application are you working in? I'm not sure if all applications work this way with text editing.
     
  5. splitloop thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh, you are right! Works in Textedit. But I normally work in Evernote, where it doesnt seem to work. Alright, I think I'll write to Evernote support now. Thank you so much!
     
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Click on the menu bar, then examine what is in all the menus. The menus show you exactly what to press on the keyboard.
     
  7. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    It works just fine for me in Evernote.
     

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  8. splitloop thread starter macrumors newbie

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    excuse me, guys, I wasn't clear enough, cmd+C and cmd+V work fine, but I need to drag with mice
    this doesn't work..
     
  9. samh macrumors 6502

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    Incidentally, Alt+Drag is a pretty common Mac convention. Not universal, but common. For example, if you alt+drag a file, it will copy, etc.
     

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