As people have long made comparisons between Windows and Apple, and how Apple’s OS is pretty ‘complicated’, the Chromebook by Google is no exception.
Even though it might be the cooler version of the MacBook in an Android way (just an opinion), the Chromebook, too, has its own way of going around things.
Unlike most of the laptop series, Chromebook requires different ways to do simple actions on its Chrome OS, and we are going to break down one of them in today’s article.
And that is (drumroll ), how to copy and paste on Chromebook. It might sound pretty easy, but for many, it’s not really the case! So let’s get started with the guide to copy and paste every possible thing on the Chromebook.
Being a powerful laptop, Chromebook is a popular budget-friendly choice for many. And why won’t it be – it is lightweight and stands out with its sleek design, after all. So there are Chromebook users who can’t quite figure out its features at times.
Therefore, we are going to explain the different methods to copy and paste text on Chromebook. First, we will take on the keyboard shortcuts way.
The steps for keyboard combos might seem familiar to what you have experienced while using other laptops as it is not very different, except for the layout, of course.
Apart from using the key shortcuts, you can copy and paste on Chromebook using your trackpad or mouse as well.
Another way to copy and paste text on Chromebook is via a trackpad or mouse. That obviously means without having to press the keys. So here are the steps for it:
If you find this method complicated, you have one more way to copy and paste text on your Chromebook via the App Menus.
By using the App Menus to copy and paste on Chromebook, the method is a simple on-screen process. The steps for it are as follows:
Now the copied text is pasted on the document or page where you wanted it to be. On the other hand, if you want to know how to copy and paste a picture on Chromebooks, you can head over to the following section.
Now that you know how to copy and paste text on Chromebook, let’s see how to copy and paste images on Chromebook. But before we get started with the steps, keep a note that if you are trying to copy and paste an image from a source that doesn’t allow it, the given steps won’t work.
So now let’s follow the steps to solve the query “How do I copy and paste on a Chromebook?”
You can also right-click on the space and select Paste. Now that you know how to copy and paste pictures on Chromebook, if you want to copy a video, the steps for it are given in the section below.
The process of copying and pasting videos on a Chromebook is quite similar to the steps for images. The steps for it are as follows:
And that’s it! Now you can simply view and play the video once you visit the link by clicking on it. In addition, if you want to copy an entire webpage or any page in general, read on.
If you want to copy a whole webpage, including the headers, text, images, and other content on it, and not a screenshot instead, here are the steps for it.
Quick Tip: To paste the webpage, you can also right-click and select Paste from the options that appear.
Apart from the smooth functioning of all the Google Workspace, another of the many advantages of using a Chromebook is having access to lots of extensions. They make the work so much easier, after all.
And in addition, they can help with the copy and paste task on Chromebook as well. We are going to list down some extensions that will help you out on Chromebook.
These are some of the best extensions that you can use to copy and paste on a Chromebook. Another query that users have is for copying and pasting on a Chromebook but using the touchscreen. So in the next section, you can find the answer to that.
In Chromebooks, there are some that have touchscreen functionality. And if your Chromebook also supports it, the steps won’t be much different from how you copy and paste on your touchscreen smartphone. To copy and paste on Chromebook, you can follow the steps given below:
With the help of these steps, you will be able to successfully copy and paste the text or content on your Chromebook using its screen. If you want to do it without formatting, read on.
To paste without formatting can be pretty useful as the content is getting copied from an existing page or document. This will help you in getting rid of the different fonts and colors throughout the text.
So there are basically two ways that you can go while pasting any text without formatting, and they are Paste without formatting or its shortcut, Ctrl +Shift + V.
Using this option while pasting the text, all the formatting in the copied text will be removed and will be pasted without it in the same font.
Now, to find out the previously copied text in your clipboard history, follow the steps given in the next section.
Not just in the case of Google Chromebook, but in many other laptops, users often don’t know how to find clipboard history. So now that we are talking about different methods to copy and format various things on Chromebook, let’s have a look at the steps to find the clipboard on Chromebook.
You can also delete an item by tapping on the x icon given next to it. With the help of the above-given steps, you will be able to see your past five copied things as a history of Chromebook Clipboard.
If you have tried all the steps explained so far and also followed the different methods, but still, your Chromebook won’t copy and paste, don’t worry. It is possible that you might not have the right permission settings required for the process.
To solve this issue, you can follow the steps given below:
And if you still can’t copy and paste on your Chromebook, you can try restarting your Chromebook and see if this works! It’s about time that you stop wondering, “How do you copy and paste on a Chromebook” and follow the given steps in the article.
There are a variety of reasons why one would want to use the copy-and-paste option on a Chromebook, firstly because it is a useful feature when one wants to get the content or media from any particular website or page.
Not only that, but one can also copy an entire page using the feature with quick keyboard shortcuts. From text, images, and videos to websites, one can copy the text or media using the list of extensions for Chromebook given in the article.
Mitch Harris, How to Coy and paste on the Chromebook, wikiHow