How To Copy And Paste On Google Docs

Last Updated on July 21, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to copy and paste on Google Docs.

How To Copy And Paste On Google Docs

Google Docs is a powerful program that makes it easy to create and collaborate on documents. One of the most common tasks you might need to do is copy and paste text from one document or location to another.

This is useful if you want to duplicate a word, phrase, or even an entire section of your document. By default, copy and pasting text will retain the original text’s formatting, making it an easy way to copy existing formatting as well.

In this guide, we will show you how to copy and paste text on Google Docs. We’ll also explain how to copy text and paste it without the original text’s formatting.

How to Copy-Paste Data in Google Docs

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to copy-paste data in Google Docs.

Step 1

Open your Google Docs document and use your cursor to highlight the text you want to copy and paste.

Step 2

Right-click on the selected text and select the Copy option. You can also access this option using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+C.

Step 3

Place your cursor where you want to paste your text.

In our example above, we’ll paste our copied text two lines below the original text,

Step 4

Right-click on the line and click the Paste option. You can also use the Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut.

After selecting the Paste action, you should now have a duplicate copy of the original text you’ve copied.

The copy and paste method also works with other types of content in Google Docs such as tables and images.

Step 5

The default Paste action retains all formatting. If you want to paste the data without the original formatting, we can instead choose the ‘Paste without formatting option’ from the context menu.

Alternatively, we can use the Ctrl+Shift+V keyboard shortcut.

In the example above, we were able to copy and paste our original text but without the Bold formatting and red text color.

Step 6

The copy and paste actions are also accessible from the Edit menu.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to copy and paste on Google Docs.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!