How to Select, Cut, Copy and Paste in Windows 11

Here, you’ll see how to select, cut, copy, and paste files or folders in Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Select

To select a file or folder, you need to hit it. That’s the usual case.

To select multiple items in a single place, you need to press Ctrl and then hit the files or folders you prefer.

You can also press Shift instead of Ctrl. But the difference is that the latter lets you select items in random order. The former allows you to choose items in sequential order.

For example, if you press the Ctrl and hit the first folder and then the 4th folder, only the 1st and fourth folders are selected.

But if you press the Shift and do the above, then the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and fourth folders get selected.

Note: if you’ve enabled the single click, then hovering the mouse over the item will select it.

How to Cut, Copy and Paste

Here’s how you can cut or copy an item:

Select the item. Now hit the Scissors icon in the command bar at the top to cut it. To copy, you need to hit the icon on the right of the Scissors icon.

To paste an item, go to the place where you want to paste. Hit the icon beside the Copy icon.

Note: You can do the above for multiple items too.

Here are alternate methods to do the above tasks:

Method #1

Select the item. Press Ctrl + X to cut it. Press Ctrl + C to copy it. Press Ctrl + V to paste it after you are in the place where you want to paste the item.

Note that you can do the above for multiple items too.

Method #2

Please select the item and right-click on it. You can see the cut and copy icons in the context menu that you saw earlier. Use the one you prefer.

To paste an item, go where you want to paste it and then right-click on the blank space. Now, you can see the Paste icon. Hit it.

Here’s an alternate way to do this task:

Select the item. Press Shift + F10 or right-click on it and then hit Show more options. Now, choose the cut or copy option.

To paste an item, go where you want to paste it. You can use the keyboard shortcut Shift + F10 or right-click on the blank space. You can see the Paste option. Hit it, and that’s it.

Note: You can apply the above steps for multiple items.

I hope this guide, “How to Select, Cut, Copy and Paste in Windows 11,” is helpful to you.