||Knowing how to select, copy and
paste text is an important computer skill, whether you are creating/editing
document files using application software or simply emailing a URL (i.e.
a Website address) to share with a friend.
The copy-paste procedure involves selecting "something" to be copied.
Selection highlights, showing you exactly what you are working with. Then,
you perform a copy operation - described below. Next, you change over to
your destination, i.e. where you want to paste what you have copied. This
might be inside an email message or a document you are creating. Once the
destination is selected, you perform a paste operation. There are several
ways to perform copy-paste operations -- right-clicking then selecting
"Copy" from the drop-down menu, using the Edit menu, or doing it
by keystrokes -- whichever works for you
Let's first see how you would copy and paste a URL.
|1. Click/double-click within your browser's
" Location textbox." As is indicated by the highlighting, this selects
the entire URL.
|2. Once selected, copy it into the clipboard,
the "saving space" the system reserves for copied items.
Click the Edit > Copy option on the Toolbar menu, as available in
Right-click, then select Copy from the context menu that appears.
Use the ctrl+c (Windows: While holding down the ctrl key, press
the letter c.) or command+c (Mac) keystroke
|3. Change over to where you'd like to paste
it and click to position the pointer.
|4 Paste the clipboard contents.
Click the Edit > Paste options on the Toolbar menu.
Right-click, then select Paste from the dropdown context menu that
Use the ctrl+v keystroke. (While holding the ctrl key down, press
the letter v.)
"tech tip" from an old-timer: Using the keystroke method (ctrl+c or ctrl+v)
works in contexts where menu options may not be available -- the sure-fire
technique to copy/paste. Practice it!
Creating a click-able link in Sakai is a two-step process. You copy-paste
the URL, as above, into your message, highlight the URL you've pasted (shown
in gray below), then click the "Hyperlink" icon (red
arrow) in the text-editing options.
In the "Link" dialog box that appears, you copy-paste the URL into the
textline (green arrow). Optionally, you can
click the checkbox to open the link in a new window. Then, submit.
Pressing ctrl and "a" ("a" meaning all) selects (usually) all
the text in a document. Or, select
Edit form the Toolbar menu, then
Select All. Now follow steps 2 - 4 in the table above, which allow you
to copy the selected text, then position the pointer where you want to
paste what you have copied.
If ctrl+a or Edit > Select All don't seem to work, use
the "click, hold and drag" technique described last.
A special case of copying all the text is when you copy a document,
prepared first in Word, to then paste it into Sakai, e.g. into a
forum posting. Pasting it directly into Sakai, however, causes problems.
includes a large amount of formatting code that gets copied with the text,
and this formatting code can be visible to other users, making it very
hard to read. There is a solution! Use Sakai editor's "Paste From Word"
in this tutorial.
Selecting text in document files involves a "click, drag and hold"
technique to highlight/select a rectangular "box" of text.
Now follow steps in the table above, which allow
you to copy the selected text, then position the pointer where you want
to paste what you have copied.