March 31, 2015 How do I copy and paste exactly?

Copying and pasting is a very useful skill, not just for erotica sites! It allows you to use the computer to copy down information, then put that information somewhere else. You can use it for usernames and passwords especially, as they are sensitive to upper-case and lower-case, but it’s also really useful for website addresses (say, to email a web page address to someone – these are often extremely long and complicated, and getting them a little wrong will mean they will not work) and many other things.

Ok, so to do it, it depends if you’re using Mac or Windows. We’ll use the example of a username and password for this site. If this is totally new to you, you might want to print this page out, as it can be confusing to juggle several windows at once.

It looks complicated, but it’s easy (we have included some tips, and a lot of detail so you cannot make a mistake. In a nutshell, you’re going to copy the username, switch to the website’s page, paste in the username, then repeat for the password. Once you know how to do it, it’ll take less than three seconds!

For Windows: (for Mac, see below)

  1. Open the email that has your username and password information in it.
  2. Open a web browser and get to a page where you need to enter your username and password (http://www.abbywinters.com/members – Right click on that and choose “open in new window”)
  3. Go back to your email, and find where it says your username.
  4. With the mouse, click and drag from JUST to the left of the first letter, to JUST to the right of the last letter. The letters will “highlight” in an opposite colour – if you have black text on a white background, the text will turn white and the background black, just for the word you have selected. TIP: be careful not to select a space or tab or anything like that – it won’t work if you do.
  5. While the word is still highlighted, go to the EDIT menu on the same window, and choose “COPY”. This will copy the text to the computer’s memory. Now it’s there, you can do stuff with it!
  6. Go back to the web browser, by looking at the task bar at the bottom of your screen, and clicking on the thing for Internet Explorer (or perhaps you use Netscape, or Firefox?). The window should pop up, with our news page, and in the top right hand corner, the orange box asking for your username and password.
  7. Click in the white username field, so you have a flashing cursor.
  8. Go to the EDIT menu of your web browser, and choose PASTE. Your username should pop up there. It will stay there while you do the next steps. We’re halfway done!
  9. Go back to your email, and find where it says your password.
  10. With the mouse, select the word by dragging from first letter to the last letter. Again, the letters will “highlight”
  11. Go to the EDIT menu on the same window, and choose “COPY”.
  12. Go back to the web browser with the news page of abbywinters.com
  13. Click in the password field to get a flashing cursor
  14. EDIT menu, choose PASTE. Your password will pop up there, but it will show up as black dots (or maybe asterisks). This is for security.
  15. Enter the security code (upper or lowercase, it does not matter) as it is in the graphic.
  16. Check the “remember me” box, so you won’t have to go through all this again on this computer.
  17. Click the login button – you’re in! If it does not work, most likely, you copied a “space” character. Go to step 3 and try again.

More Tips to make it easier and faster:

  • In most cases, you can just double click on the username or password to select just it (make sure your computer has not selected a space as well!).
  • If you have a cursor in your email (you probably will), you can click near the word, use the cursor UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT keys to get to the left of the first letter, hold down SHIFT, and tap the cursor RIGHT key. This will select the word letter by letter – a very accurate way of selecting text.
  • Once you have selected a word, you can RIGHT CLICK your mouse near it, and choose COPY from the pop-up menu. You can paste in the same way – RIGHT-CLICK on the field on the web page, and choose PASTE.
  • You can do it EVEN QUICKER, after selecting a word, hold down the CONTROL (might be called CTRL) key on your keyboard, and tap the C key. This is the “shortcut” for COPY. You can use CTRL-V (hold down CTRL, tap V, let CTRL go) to paste. This is what the pros do! See how close C, V and CTRL are to each other? The idea is, you can do this all with your left hand, while your right hand is on the mouse.
  • Still want more? Instead of using the task bar to switch between applications, hold down the ALT key, and tap the TAB key (if you keep holding down TAB, you can see all the applications you have open right now; each time you tap TAB, you’ll move to the next application. Let go of ALT to select the application you want. The last application you used will always be second, so you can be sneaky and do this:
    • Select the username with a double click (right hand)
    • Press CTRL C to copy (left hand)
    • Press ALT TAB once
    • Use the mouse to click on the username field on the webpage (right hand)
    • Press CTRL V to paste (left hand)
    • Press ALT TAB once to get back to your email (left hand)
    • Double-click on the password (right hand)
    • Press CTRL C to copy (left hand)
    • Press ALT TAB once
    • Use the mouse to click on the password field on the webpage (right hand)
    • Press CTRL V to paste (left hand)
  • For Mac
    Open the email that has your username and password information in it.
  1. Open a web browser and get to a page where you need to enter your username and password (http://www.abbywinters.com/members – you can click on that and it will open in a new window.)
  2. Go back to your email, and find where it says your username.
  3. With the mouse, drag from JUST to the left of the first letter, to JUST to the right of the last letter. The letters will “highlight” in an opposite colour – if you have black text on a white background, the text will turn white and the background black, just for the word you have selected. TIP: be careful not to select a space or tab or anything like that – it won’t work if you do.
  4. While the word is still highlighted, go to the EDIT menu on the same window, and choose “COPY”. This will copy the text to the computer’s memory. Now it’s there, you can do stuff with it!
  5. Go back to the web browser, by looking in the dock, and clicking on the thing for Internet Explorer (or perhaps you use Netscape, or Firefox?). The window should pop up, with our news page, and in the top right hand corner, the orange box asking for your username and password.
  6. Click in the white username field, so you have a flashing cursor.
  7. Go to the EDIT menu of your web browser, and choose PASTE. Your username should pop up there. It will stay there while you do the next steps. We’re halfway done!
  8. Go back to your email, and find where it says your password.
  9. With the mouse, select the word by dragging from first letter to the last letter. Again, the letters will “highlight”
  10. Go to the EDIT menu on the same window, and choose “COPY”.
  11. Go back to the web browser with the news page of abbywinters.com
  12. Click in the password field to get a flashing cursor
  13. EDIT menu, choose PASTE. Your password will pop up there, but it will show up as black dots (or maybe asterisks). This is for security.
  14. Enter the security code (upper or lowercase, it does not matter) as it is in the graphic.
  15. Check the “remember me” box, so you won’t have to go through all this again on this computer.
  16. Click the login button – you’re in! If it does not work, most likely, you copied a “space” character. Go to step 3 and try again.

More Tips to make it easier and faster:

  • In most cases, you can just double click on the username or password to select just it (make sure your computer has not selected a space as well!).
  • If you have a cursor in your email (you probably will), you can click near the word, use the cursor UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT keys to get to the left of the first letter, hold down SHIFT, and tap the cursor RIGHT key. This will select the word letter by letter – a very accurate way of selecting text.
  • Once you have selected a word, hit CTRL and click your mouse near it, and choose COPY from the pop-up menu. You can paste in the same way – CTRL-click on the field on the web page, and choose PASTE.
  • You can do it EVEN QUICKER, after selecting a word, hold down the COMMAND or Apple key on your keyboard, and tap the C key. This is the “shortcut” for COPY. You can use COMMAND-V to paste. This is what the pros do! See how close C, V and COMMAND are to each other? The idea is, you can do this all with your left hand, while your right hand is on the mouse.
  • Still want more? Instead of using the task bar to switch between applications, hold down the COMMAND or Apple key, and tap the TAB key (if you keep holding down TAB, you can see all the applications you have open right now; each time you tap TAB, you’ll move to the next application. Let go of ALT to select the application you want. The last application you used will always be second, so you can be sneaky and do this:
    • Select the username with a double click (right hand)
    • Press CMD-C to copy (left hand)
    • Press CMD-TAB once
    • Use the mouse to click on the username field on the webpage (right hand)
    • Press CMD-V to paste (left hand)
    • Press CMD-TAB once to get back to your email (left hand)
    • Double-click on the password (right hand)
    • Press CMD-C to copy (left hand)
    • Press CMD-TAB once
    • Use the mouse to click on the password field on the webpage (right hand)
    • Press CMD-V to paste (left hand)

Ok, this is getting silly now. Go look at some pics and vids!