How to Copy and Paste in Google Docs: A Step-by-Step Guide


Matthew Burleigh

Copying and pasting in Google Docs is like having a magical clipboard at your fingertips. It’s a super handy way to move text, images, and other content from one spot to another. Whether you’re shuffling paragraphs around in an essay, or transferring data between documents, it’s a breeze once you get the hang of it. Let’s dive in and master the art of copy and paste, shall we?

Step by Step Tutorial: How to Copy and Paste in Google Docs

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty, let’s get a bird’s eye view of what we’re about to do. We’ll select the content we want to copy, use a simple keyboard shortcut or menu option to copy it, then paste it where we need it. Easy as pie, right? Let’s break it down.

Step 1: Select the content you want to copy

Click and drag your mouse over the text or image you’d like to copy.

When you highlight the content, it will be shaded (usually in blue), indicating that it’s been selected. Make sure you’ve got everything you want to copy highlighted before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Copy the selected content

Press Ctrl+C on your keyboard (or Cmd+C if you’re on a Mac), or right-click and select ‘Copy’.

This step places the selected content onto an invisible clipboard, which temporarily stores it for you. The content will remain on your clipboard until you copy something else or restart your computer.

Step 3: Place the cursor where you want to paste the content

Click in the spot within your document where you want the copied content to go.

This could be further down the page, in a different section of your Google Doc, or even in a completely new document. Just click where you want your content to land.

Step 4: Paste the copied content

Press Ctrl+V on your keyboard (or Cmd+V if you’re on a Mac), or right-click and select ‘Paste’.

Voila! The content you copied will now appear in the new location you chose. You can paste the same content multiple times in different places if you need to.

After you’ve pasted the content, it’s all there in your Google Doc, just like you planned. If you’ve pasted text, you might need to do some formatting to make sure it matches the style of the rest of your document. If you’ve pasted an image, you can click on it to resize or move it around.

Tips for Copy and Paste in Google Docs

  • Use keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V for faster copying and pasting.
  • To select all the content in your document at once, press Ctrl+A.
  • If you only want to paste plain text (without any formatting), use Ctrl+Shift+V.
  • You can use the ‘Paste without formatting’ option in the right-click menu to achieve the same result as Ctrl+Shift+V.
  • Remember that copied content will be stored on your clipboard until you copy something else, so you can paste it multiple times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I copy and paste content from another program into Google Docs?

Yes, you can copy content from other programs like Word or a web page and paste it into Google Docs. Just be aware that the formatting may change.

Can I copy and paste styles in Google Docs?

Google Docs doesn’t have a way to copy and paste formatting or styles directly, but you can use the ‘Paint format’ tool to quickly apply the same style to other text.

How do I copy and paste a large section of text?

To copy a large section, click at the beginning of the text, scroll down to the end while holding the Shift key, and then click at the end of the section to highlight it all.

Is there a limit to how much I can copy and paste at one time?

There isn’t a set limit, but trying to copy and paste extremely large amounts of content may cause performance issues.

Can I use copy and paste on the Google Docs mobile app?

Yes, you can copy and paste in the mobile app by tapping and holding to select text, then using the copy and paste options in the toolbar.


  1. Select the content you want to copy.
  2. Copy the selected content.
  3. Place the cursor where you want to paste the content.
  4. Paste the copied content.


Mastering the art of copy and paste in Google Docs can save you a ton of time and energy. It’s one of those fundamental skills that, once learned, will feel like second nature every time you’re working in a document. Just remember that with great power comes great responsibility—always ensure you have the right to copy the content you’re using, especially if it’s from the web or another’s work. Practice these steps, make the most of the tips provided, and you’ll be a Google Docs wizard in no time. And who knows, maybe you’ll be the one teaching others how to copy and paste in Google Docs before long!

Matthew Burleigh

Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech content online for more than ten years. He enjoys writing about Google Docs in addition to many other applications and devices and has cumulatively covered Google’s word-processing application in hundreds of different articles.

He has been published on dozens of popular websites, and his works have accumulated millions of pageviews.
While focused primarily on tutorials and guides for popular electronics like the iPhone and iPad, as well as common applications like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, he covers topics across the entire technology spectrum.

You can read his bio here.

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