How to Copy & Paste on Mac Using a Mouse or Trackpad

Learn to copy and paste on a Macbook using a mouse or a trackpad.

You might already be familiar with the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste on a MacBook, but you'll also want to know how to do that using a mouse or a trackpad. These devices aren't always as intuitive as we might think, but once you know how to do it, it's quick and easy. So if you're looking at your mouse and wondering, "How do you copy and paste on a Mac?" we have the answer for you. Let's learn how.

How to Copy Paste on Mac Using a Mouse

Once you know how to copy, you pretty much know how to paste on a Mac, but I'll go over both of them for you here. For more ways to use your Apple accessories, check out our Tip of the Day. Here's how to copy and paste using a mouse:

  1. Highlight your desired text by either double clicking on a word or phrase, or clicking and dragging your cursor over the section.

  2. Right click on your mouse and click Copy in the menu that comes up.

  3. Open the program you want to paste the text into.

  4. Right click on your mouse again and click Paste on the menu that comes up.

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How to Copy Paste on MacBook Using a Trackpad

  1. Highlight your desired text by either double clicking on a word or phrase, or clicking and dragging your cursor over the section.

  2. Use two fingers to click on your trackpad and click Copy in the menu that comes up.

  3. Open the program you want to paste the text into.

  4. Use two fingers to click on your trackpad and click Paste on the menu that comes up.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.