How to Copy and Paste Even Faster in Word

Ben Stegner 16-12-2015

Copying and pasting are integral parts of using a computer, especially when working with text in Microsoft Word. If managing your clipboard 5 Tips to Manage Your Windows Clipboard Like a Pro Better known as Copy & Paste, a tool for students to lift passages from Wikipedia, the Clipboard can save you loads of typing time. We'll show you how to use it like a pro. Read More is too annoying a task to bother with, here’s a useful shortcut for Word that removes the middleman.


To Cut and Paste: In Word, highlight some text that you want to move to another location and press the F2 key. Next, place the cursor where you want that content to end up. Finally, press Enter and the highlighted content will be cut and pasted to your cursor position.

To Copy and Paste: Press Shift + F2 instead of F2 on some highlighted text, then press Enter to paste it like before.

Note that these shortcuts don’t actually place any text on the clipboard. They’re basically just quick ways to move text from one place to another inside Word, and while F2 than the traditional way, it’s not actually performing those shortcuts for you.

So, don’t press F2 on some text that you want to paste on the Web somewhere, because you won’t have anything to paste! Learn how to strip the formatting when you copy and paste text 5 Ways to Strip Formatting When You Copy and Paste Text Here's how to copy and paste without formatting on both Windows and Mac using several convenient methods. Read More if it’s getting in your way.


Do you find the F2 shortcut useful, or is copy/paste still better? Weigh in below!

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Related topics: Keyboard Shortcuts, Microsoft Word.

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  1. Axel
    December 24, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Cool. I will be using it.
    It might be usefull in cases you already have something else on the clipboard

  2. arunext
    December 16, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Copy paste comes so naturally that you hardly have to think about it. Old habits die hard. Moreover, on my Lenovo, I need to press Fn+F2 since the F2 key defaults to volume-. (Which is a cool feature that I use the key more for.)