General Cut, Copy, and Paste in File Explorer in Windows 11


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Windows 11 makes it easy to Cut, Copy, and Paste items in File Explorer and on your Desktop.

When you Cut or Copy an item, it is temporarily saved to the Clipboard.

When you Paste and item you cut, the contents of the Clipboard is used to move the item where you want.

When you Paste and item you copied, the contents of the Clipboard is used to duplicate the item where you want.

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Cut

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This tutorial will show you different ways to Cut, Copy, and Paste items in File Explorer in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using Keyboard Shortcut
  • Option Two: Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using Drag and Drop
  • Option Three: Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using File Explorer Command Bar
  • Option Four: Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using Context Menu Toolbar
  • Option Five: Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using Context Menu




Option One

Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using Keyboard Shortcut


1 Select the item(s) you want to Cut or Copy.

2 Press the Ctrl + X (Cut) or Ctrl + C (Copy) keys to cut (move) or copy (duplicate) the selected item(s).

3 Navigate to the location where you want to Paste the selected item(s).

4 Press the Ctrl + V keys to Paste the selected item(s) at this location.




Option Two

Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using Drag and Drop


1 Select the item(s) you want to Cut or Copy.

2 When you drag and drop items, they will get moved (cut) or copied based on the source and destination locations.
  • If you drag and drop a file/folder from a location on one drive to another drive, then the default action will be to copy the file/folder to the drop location.
  • If you drag and drop a file/folder from a local location to a network location, then the default action will be to copy the file/folder to the drop location.
  • If you drag and drop a file/folder from or to a CD/DVD or Blu-ray, then the default action will always be to copy the file/folder to the drop location.
  • If you drag and drop a file/folder from a location to another on the same drive, then the default action will be to move the file/folder to the drop location.
  • If you drag and drop a file/folder to the Recycle Bin, then the default action will always be to move the file/folder to the drop location.



Option Three

Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using File Explorer Command Bar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Select the item(s) you want to Cut or Copy. (see screenshot below step 3)

3 Click/tap on the Cut or Copy icon on the File Explorer command bar for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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4 Navigate to the location in File Explorer where you want to Paste the selected item(s).

5 Click/tap on the Paste icon on the File Explorer command bar. (see screenshot below)

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Option Four

Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using Context Menu Toolbar


1 Select the item(s) you want to Cut or Copy. (see screenshot below step 2)

2 Right click on the selected item(s), and click/tap on the Cut or Copy icon on the context menu toolbar at the top for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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3 Navigate to the location in File Explorer where you want to Paste the selected item(s).

4 Right click on an empty area at this location, and click/tap on the Paste icon on the context menu toolbar at the top. (see screenshot below)

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Option Five

Cut, Copy, and Paste Item(s) using Context Menu


1 Select the item(s) you want to Cut or Copy. (see screenshots below step 2)

2 Perform the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  1. Right click on the selected item(s).
  2. Click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10)
  3. Click/tap on Cut or Copy for what you want.
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3 Navigate to the location in File Explorer where you want to Paste the selected item(s).

4 Perform the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  1. Right click on an empty area at this location.
  2. Click/tap on Show more options (Shift+F10)
  3. Click/tap on Paste.
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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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