Working Smarter Series: Clipboard
Work smarter using the Clipboard
This post is part of the Working Smarter series by Thrive - short, sharp posts that help you to better use Microsoft Word in a way that suits you and your business.
The Clipboard in Word
Now, I know what you are going to say. Really. Surely, everyone knows how to cut and paste, which is what the Clipboard is all about.
And yes, people do know how to cut and paste. Everyone has their own way of doing it.
But this post is literally going to show you the functions of the Clipboard in Word (disclaimer: Word via Office 365) so that you can see all of the options you have available to you. While you might know one or two, there could also be a few surprises in there too! 🤓
What I want to do is give you clear and concise information, to help you better understand the incredible tools available to you in Microsoft Word. Tools, tips, examples and links to other resources, all designed to help you make better use of the products you already have.
So, let's get started!
When you open up a new Word document, you should see the Home ribbon at the top of your window (NOTE: All notes and images in this post are based on using Microsoft 365. If you are interested in using Microsoft 365, check out the links at the bottom of this post).
You should see something like this:
Where's the Clipboard?
It's the first 'section' of the Home Tab, right here:
What's that button do? What's that button do?
These funky looking scissors are the button to Cut whatever element of your document that you have highlighted.
Scissors = cut!
This icon (2 pages of paper) is the button to Copy the highlighted element in your document.
Again, another pretty straightforward system:
Duplicate pages = copy
Now, this icon is one that you may remember as the old Format Painter icon. Basically, lets you copy all of the formatting from your highlighted content and apply it to another bit – think of it as copying and pasting for formatting.
And now, the big daddy of them all!
This clipboard image that says Paste underneath is (wait for it!) Paste! By clicking this button you will directly paste any copied (or cut) content into the point where your cursor is.
But wait, there's more!
If you click on this arrow next to Paste, it opens the Paste Options menu.
So many more options!
|Pastes content with all original formatting maintained.
||Pastes content with all original formatting maintained.
||Pastes copied content into the new location as a .JPG image.
||Pastes content with no formatting applied, set to the document template.|
For advanced users!
There is one last paste option - the Paste Special function. This one is very rarely used for standard document work, but offers you the option of pasting your content as:
- a PDF document;
- a picture (TIFF, JPEG or SVG formats); or
- a Microsoft Office Graphic Object.
I think it would be highly unusual for you to need these for a standard document, so I'm not going to go into these today.
And there you go - Clipboard in Word 🤓
I hope that there's been something in here that you found useful.
My personal favourite is the Paste as Picture option - it's great for when creating instruction manuals or process documents, as you can insert a section of content and then add shapes and arrows and text boxes around it to add context...but that's a post for another day!
What if I want to know more?
Oooh, good question! Luckily, Thrive has you covered (duh!).
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Work it out 1:1
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About the Author
Marianne is your long-lunch loving Microsoft 365 Online Business Manager (OBM). Based in Hervey Bay, QLD, with her husband and their two dogs (Eli and Skye), Marianne loves working with women in business who want to work smarter using the tools available to them in their Microsoft 365 subscription. Through education and training, she works with them at achieve their business objectives in a way that is practical and sensible, so they can continue to grow and evolve their business using the skills they have learned.
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