How can I copy something from word processing and send it in an email?
I don’t blame you for not wanting to type it over again. After all,
computers are supposed to help you with your work.
Well, copying and pasting are not hard - here’s how:
by having your email and word processing open at the same time.
In Windows 95/98/2000/xp, click on a desktop icon or use the Start
button to open a second program. Notice that the second application appears on
the task bar. This bar is usually
at the bottom of your screen. It
is adjacent to the “Start” button. Notice
how easy it is to switch between the programs.
Click the word processing box on the task bar and that program appears
on your desktop. Click the email
box on the task bar and then you can see your email program.
for the copy-paste part: In word
processing, highlight the text that you want to copy using the mouse (click
on the Edit menu and then click on Copy.
This will copy all the highlighted text to the “clipboard” (an
invisible but real place). Then
switch over to your email program by clicking on that box on the task bar.
ready to write your message. Fill
in the “To:” email address and the subject line.
Be sure the cursor (usually a blinking vertical line) is in the area
where you usually type the message.
the email program choose the Edit menu and then Paste.
The text will be copied into your email.
process of copying and pasting works between many different kinds of programs,
not just word processing and email. For
example, you can copy from the internet and paste into word processing.
This is a great way to save bits and pieces of
web sites if you are doing research.
Use it to copy from one word processing document to another or within a
single document. Copy and Paste
are core computer skills that will make you feel like your computer is working
programs do not have an Edit menu; so then how do you copy and paste?
Here’s a keyboard tip that almost always works - some like it better
than using their mouse anyway. Use
Ctrl-C for Copy and Ctrl-V for Paste (note that the Ctrl key and the Alt key
are like the Shift key, hold them down and then touch the second key).
people have a hard time imagining the clipboard:
Where is it? How big is it? I
think of it as a “magic tray.” It
doesn’t care how much you copy to it. It
can be many pages or a single letter. The
catch is that it will only hold one thing at a time.
When you select and copy your text, it will stay in the clipboard and
can be pasted many times. Information
will stay on the clipboard until you erase it by copying in something new.
create a new folder In Outlook, click on File/New/Folder.
In Netscape, click File/New Folder.
In Eudora click Mailbox/New. Type in the name for your folder and then
click OK. To move email into
folders, simply click and drag it into the desired folder.
To switch folders, click (or sometimes double-click) on the folder you
want to see.
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in "Verve"- May 2002. Copyright Tonna Kutner