How to Copy and Paste on Chromebook

Just like the Chromebook’s screenshot capability, which has been discussed in the previous post, the copy and paste option is considered one of the most useful and often used functions not only on Chromebook but on every computer.

Without copy & paste, your computer is nothing and not useful.

Let’s say you bought a Chromebook, but you’re not yet familiar with the key combinations and some of the functions of your new computer.

But you want to copy and paste a text at your desired location. How can you do it? Keep reading.

Ways to Copy and Paste on Chromebook

In this post, we will discuss several ways on how to copy and paste on Chromebook using a touchpad and keyboard or with your mouse.

Using “CTRL”+”c” and “CTRL”+”v” Keyboard Shortcuts

Highlight Text on Chromebook
Copy and Paste Chromebook

This is a popular shortcut and more convenient way of copying and pasting content.

Windows users are already familiar with CTRL + c and CTRL + v function and nothing has changed with the key combinations on Chromebook, to copy and paste simply;

  • Step 1: Using your touch pad, highlight the content you want to copy.
  • Step 2: Press “CTRL” + “c” to copy the highlighted content. This time, the content is now copied to the clipboard.
  • Step 3: Locate the application where you want to add the content and press “CTRL” + “v” to paste.

Using the Context Menu

Another feature that is already present in popular operating systems and also available on Chromebook.

If you prefer not to use keyboard shortcuts for copy and pasting, this is the best option for you.

highlight content to copy
  • Step 1: Click on the beginning part of the content you want to copy and then drag the cursor to the end part to highlight.
  • Step 2: Right-click on the highlighted content to show the context menu and select Copy. Often, you can find the copy function at the top selection of the context menu.
  • Step 3: Browse the location where you want to paste the copied content and then Right click > Paste or alternatively press “CTRL” + “v” to paste.

Additionally, doing the above steps will copy content including the font style, size, and font colour.

If you don’t want this to happen, you can paste content from the clipboard as plain text using the “Ctrl + Shift + v” keyboard shortcuts.


These are the easier and quicker ways how to copy and paste on Chromebook. You can’t live without copy and paste, so you must learn it with your Chromebook.

Got any questions related to the topic? Don’t hesitate to post it below.

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