How to Copy and Paste on a Chromebook

How to Copy and Paste on a Chromebook

If you just got a new Chromebook in 2021 and want to learn the basics starting from copy and paste operations on a Chromebook, you have landed at the right place. In this article, we are taking a look at various ways to copy and paste texts, files, and folders on a Chromebook. Not only that, but we have also mentioned a few techniques that will help you copy and paste commands while using the Linux Terminal on a Chromebook if you use Linux on Chrome OS. And lastly, for pro users, we have added the native Clipboard History feature and some powerful third-party clipboard managers for maximum productivity. Now having said all of that, let’s begin and learn how to copy and paste on a Chromebook in 2021.

Copy and Paste on a Chromebook (Updated July 2021)

First, we have mentioned how to copy, cut, and paste using traditional keyboard shortcuts on Chrome OS. After that, we have explained the instructions to copy and paste Linux commands in the Terminal app. If you are well aware of these shortcuts, you can move to the Clipboard History section for some awesome tools. Now, let’s go through the basics.

1. Copy Text, Files, and Folders on a Chromebook

Copying is similar to what we have on Windows systems. You just have to press Ctrl and C keys together on the keyboard and the item will be copied. You can also right-click on any item and select “Copy”.

  • Copy Shortcut: Ctrl + C

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2. Paste Text, Files, and Folders on a Chromebook

Pasting items on a Chromebook is again identical to other operating systems. You just have to press Ctrl and V keys at once. Alternatively, you can also right-click and select “Paste” from the context menu.

  • Paste Shortcut: Ctrl + V

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3. Paste Text without Formatting

Sometimes while researching and writing from various sources, we don’t want to carry the text with their inherent formatting. In that case, you can use this nifty shortcut to paste texts without formatting on a Chromebook. It’s a very useful shortcut and I am sure you are going to love it.

  • Paste as Plain Text Shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + V

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4. Cut Text, Images, Files, and Folders

You can also cut or move texts and files from one place to another by pressing Ctrl and X keys simultaneously. Besides that, you can also right-click on any item and select “Cut”.

  • Cut Shortcut: Ctrl + X

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5. Copy and Paste Pictures on Chromebook

If you want to learn how to copy and paste pictures or images on a Chromebook, you just need to follow the same keyboard shortcut that we use for texts and files. Press “Ctrl +C” to copy an image and press “Ctrl +V” to paste the image in any folder. Alternatively, you can right-click on the image and click on “Copy”. And to paste it, right-click on an empty space in any folder and click on “Paste”.

5. Copy and Paste Pictures on Chromebook

6. Paste Images, Screenshots Directly in a Media Field on a Chromebook

This is one of my favorite copy-paste shortcuts on Chromebook. For instance, if you take a screenshot, you can directly paste the snapshot into an image editor on Chromebook, Gmail Compose Box, or any other media field. It’s a hassle-free solution that saves a lot of clicks and time. Basically, when you take a screenshot, Chrome OS automatically copies the image in its clipboard. And that allows you to paste the screenshot anywhere. For this feature to work, you don’t need to

  • Paste Screenshot Shortcut: Ctrl + V

5. Paste Images, Screenshots Directly in a Media Field on a Chromebook

7. Copy and Paste Commands on the Linux Terminal in Chromebook

If you use the Linux Terminal regularly on your Chromebook then you must know these handy shortcuts for copying and pasting commands. The best way to copy a line of command is to simply select it using the touchpad or mouse. Just select it and it will be copied automatically. No need to perform any shortcuts.

6. Copy and Paste Commands on the Linux Terminal in Chromebook

Similarly, to paste the copied command, simply right-click on the Terminal and it will be added to the Terminal instantly. That’s how easy it is. You can, of course, use keyboard shortcuts as well. Just press the traditional copy or paste shortcut on your Chromebook.

  • Copy Linux Command on Chromebook: Ctrl + C
  • Paste Linux Command on Chromebook: Ctrl + V

You can customize the copy and paste behavior on Linux Terminal by right-clicking on the Terminal and opening “Settings”. Move to “Keyboard and mouse” and scroll to the bottom.

6. Copy and Paste Commands on the Linux Terminal in Chromebook

8. Clipboard History: A New Way to Copy and Paste on a Chromebook

Having talked about the traditional way to copy and paste items on a Chromebook, let me introduce you to a powerful new tool called Clipboard History on Chrome OS. With this tool, you can copy multiple texts, images, or screenshots and Clipboard History will keep a record of the last five copied items.

Whenever you want to paste something, you can select the appropriate item from the list and paste it in the input field. It’s similar to what we have on Windows 10 which is also called Clipboard History. In case, you don’t like the limitation of just five copied items, you can take a look at third-party clipboard managers that I have mentioned below.

1. Native Clipboard History Tool on Chromebook

As I mentioned above, Chrome OS has received its own Clipboard History tool. If you are on Chrome OS 86 and above (most likely you are), you can just press the “Search + V” keyboard shortcut to open the tool. For detailed instructions, you can head over to our article on how to enable Clipboard History on a Chromebook.

1. Native Clipboard History Tool on Chromebook

The Clipboard History tool keeps a record of the last five copied items which includes both texts and images which is awesome. Now on any text or media field, you can press the shortcut, select the right item, and hit enter to paste it instantly. This way, you will save a lot of time as you will not have to go through a score of pages to find the last copied time. This is quite ingenious, right? By the way, you can also right-click and click on “Clipboard” to open the Clipboard History tool on your Chrome book.

open Clipboard History on a Chromebook

2. Clipboard History Pro

Clipboard History Pro is one of the best copying and pasting tools available on Chromebooks. You can copy multiple texts and paste a particular item from the right-click context menu. It integrates very well with Chrome OS and works in most environments. However, this Chrome extension is not entirely free and you will have to pay for page widgets and floating mode features. Also, unlike the native Clipboard History too, this one does not support images which is a bummer.

Clipboard Manager: Copy and Paste on a Chromebook

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Learn How to Copy and Paste Images, Texts on a Chromebook Like a Pro

So that was our deep dive into Chromebook and how we can copy and paste items in more ways than one. We have included both keyboard shortcuts and manual steps so you can understand how the operations are done inside out. Apart from that, we have also mentioned copy-paste shortcuts for Linux Terminal as well. And if you want to become a copy-paste Pro on Chromebook, you can go through the native Clipboard History tool and the third-party Chrome extension.

Anyway, that is all from us. If you want to learn more such tips and tricks about Chrome OS, head over to our linked article. And if you want to access the newly-released system-wide noise cancellation feature on your Chromebook, you can find the instructions inside the linked article. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.

1 Comment

  1. All I’ve been trying to find is when you put in CTRL + ALT + T == terminal + SHELL

    all you have to type is cp , as in COPY. Why doesn’t anyone publish this information?

    Also, my real issue is my USB stick was in fat32 — which only goes to 4Gb files. I needed NTFS. Dar dar dar.

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