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How do you copy and paste in Windows 8?

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To copy and paste in Windows 8, open File Explorer, browse and open the origin and destination folders, select the items you want to move, tap or click on Home and then Copy. Return to the destination folder, and click Home and then Paste. Keyboard shortcuts and drag-and-drop also work.

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  1. Open File Explorer

    Go to the Windows 8 Start screen by pointing your mouse to the upper-right corner of your screen and moving it downwards or by swiping in from the right edge with your finger. Tap or click on Search, and type "File Explorer" into the search box.

  2. Open the origin and destination folders

    Browse File Explorer to find and open the folder that contains the file or files that you want to copy. Use File Explorer again to find and open the folder where you want to paste the files.

  3. Copy and paste the files

    In the origin folder, select the items that you want to copy. Click Home and then Copy. Navigate to the destination folder, and click Home and then Paste.

  4. Use the keyboard shortcuts

    Select the items you want to copy, and press Ctrl and C. In the destination folder, click in an empty space, and press Ctrl and V.

  5. Drag and drop the files

    With the origin and destination folders open side by side, select the items you want to copy, While still depressing the mouse, drag the files to the destination folder, and release the mouse to drop the files.

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