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If you have just bought a Mac or more importantly if you have just ventured into the IOS world, then this guide is perfect for you.

Here, you will learn the basics of Mac keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste.

You will also learn all about Screenshots. How to take screenshots on Mac and where are the screenshots stored in Mac and how to edit your screenshots.

So, let’s begin

Keyboard shortcuts on Mac for Copy and Paste

To Copy on Mac

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Press the button Command+C to copy the selected text or image.

To Paste on Mac

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Press the button Command+V to paste the copied content.

Now these were simple enough

How about copy and Paste on Mac using the same format?

Well, for this if you want to specifically copy the same style and formatting from the original documents, press Command+Option+C

To paste using the same font style and format Command+Option+V.

Mouse shortcuts on Mac for Copy and Paste

Copy on Mac

Simply click the right button on the Mouse to access the menu. Choose Copy from the right-click menu.

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Paste on Mac

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Again click on the right button of the mouse. Now, choose the Paste option from the menu.

Menu shortcuts on Mac for Copy and Paste

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You can also access the Copy and Paste option on Mac from the Edit Menu on the top of the screen.

This option is available on all the apps across the Mac Os.

Pro tip: You can check what you have copied by viewing your clipboard. “Show Clipboard” -This option is available in the Edit Menu just below the Paste Option.

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Universal Clipboard

Mac Os gives you the cool option of copying on one device and pasting it on another. This is known as Copy and Paste between devices or as Apple likes to call it “Handoff”.

Read More on Universal Clipboard.

Essentially this gives you the convenience of copying anything on say your Macbook Air or even your iPhone and paste it on your MacBook or Mac.

Of course, all devices must be signed in with the same iCloud account and all devices must have “Handoff” enabled”.

How to enable Universal Clipboard Handoff between devices?

In mac this option can be turned on by going to System Prefrences>General>“Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices”.

In iPhones/ ipads, this can be turned on by going to Settings > General > Handoff, and turn on Handoff.

How to Take Screenshots on Mac

It is very simple to take screenshots on Mac

Just press and hold three keys together- Shift+Command+3.

The screenshot will be taken and a small preview window will pop up.

Here, you can edit or crop the screenshot as per your requirement.

Also Read- 4 Ways to Clear Clipboard in Mac.

How to Edit Screenshots on Mac

First, take a Screenshot by pressing the three keys together on Mac, Shift+Command+3.

Now, a small thumbnail preview window will pop up, showing you a preview of the screenshot taken on Mac.

Click the thumbnail to enlarge it. There will be editing options on the top of the screenshot. Choose whichever tool you want to use.

Now you can easily edit your screenshots on Mac. You can crop, highlight Text, or edit as per your requirements.

Where are Screenshots Stored on Mac

By default, all screenshots are stored on the Desktop itself, with the name ”Screen Shot [date] at [time].png.”

How do you snip on a Mac?

In case, you only want a screenshot of a specific area, you can do the following: 

Use the keyboard shortcut  Shift+Command+4 to snip on Mac.

This will pull up a bull’s eye on the desktop.

Hold and drag to your selection.

Release it.

Your screenshot selection is done!

This will also open a thumbnail preview, which you can then edit as per your need.

How to screenshot full-screen, a window, or a selection screenshot.

If you want to screenshot a window or full screen, then you can use the below keyboard shortcut:

Press Shift+Command+5 together.

You can also capture a video of your desktop using this shortcut. 

You can choose the file storage location and the duration of the video screenshot.

Is it possible to edit a screenshot?

Yes, it is very much possible to edit Screenshots in Mac. Pls, refer to the above step where we have explained in detail how you can edit screenshots on Mac.

How do I edit the text in a screenshot on a Mac?

You cannot edit the text in Screenshots on Mac. However, you can highlight, underline or add arrows in the Screenshot.

You can place or write text on the Screenshot, however, editing the already present text is just not possible.

How to copy a screenshot to the Clipboard

You can copy your screenshot on your Clipboard. This allows you to paste your screenshot anywhere that you want. You can insert it into a word document, your notes app or a PowerPoint file.

You can also take advantage of the Universal Clipboard and paste your screenshot on another Apple device.

This means that you can take a screenshot on your iPhone and simply paste it onto your Macbook.

To copy a screenshot to the Clipboard, simply press and hold the Control key while taking the Screenshot. This will copy the image to your Clipboard. 


In this article, we have gone through the basic steps on how to copy and paste MAC keyboard shortcuts for copying and pasting. We have also covered how to Take Screenshots on Mac and the different ways to edit Screenshots on Mac. You have also learned how to use the Universal Clipboard.

By now, you should be familiar with the various keyboard shortcuts that you can use to make copying and pasting seamless, and quick. Now, it’s time to put your skills to the test, and see how you do with these Mac keyboard shortcuts. We hope that the shortcuts we have covered in this article would help you take your Mac shortcuts to the next level.

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