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How to Copy and Paste on Acer Chromebook

How to Copy and Paste on Acer Chromebook

The Acer Chromebook is one of the most innovative and courageous laptops released today. It’s not because it’s made by one of the biggest laptop manufacturers in the world but because the laptop itself runs on a completely different but familiar operating system, Google’s Linux based Chrome operating system.

A Brief History of the Chrome Operating System

The release of the Chromebook in 2011 signaled the rebirth of operating system status quo challengers. The variety of operating system choices has become more progressive with the Windows and Mac operating systems adding another challenger. While the Linux and other GNU operating systems have existed since the early 2000s, Google’s Chrome operating system made a significant impact and influence across the traditionally Windows and Mac operating system users.

That said, the Chromebooks, as what laptops running the Chrome OS are called, have dramatically shot up in numbers, recording a remarkable footprint in the US educational system alone. It now makes up 60% of the total fleet of computers purchased by US schools.

The Acer Chromebook Advantage

The Acer Chromebook offers plenty of different features and capabilities similar and some even better than its competitors. For starters, Acer’s Chromebook line of laptops is very affordable, durable, and reliable. Performance-wise and feature-wise, the Acer Chromebook excels in all areas 90% of the time.

On the other hand, learning how the operating system works can be a little tricky. When you use an Acer Chromebook for the first time, you’ll instantly feel the many different quirks and peculiarities of the laptop. It’s not your usual Windows or Mac OS run laptop. Therefore, there will be some things that you’ll need to familiarize or know if you want to use it. One of them would be to learn how to copy and paste on an Acer Chromebook. This entirely sounds like a no-brainer but it’s actually one of the things that you’ll find interesting.

Copy-and-paste Scenarios in Using Acer Chromebooks

Copy and paste on an Acer Chromebook work pretty much like other operating systems, whether it’s a Mac, Windows, or Linux-based operating system. There are different scenarios where you might need to do a copy and paste step. Let’s go through them one by one.

How to copy a text selection and how to paste it thereafter

  1. Highlight the entire block of text that you want to copy by press and holding the Acer Chromebook touchpad using your fingers. This will create a selection box that will enable you to highlight the entire block of text that you want to copy. You can also use a mouse if you have it handy. That’s going to make it a lot easier to highlight the entire block of text.
  2. Much like other operating systems, the Control + C keys shortcut will let you copy the entire highlighted texts. When you press Control and then C, the entire text will be copied and stored in memory (or more commonly in the invisible clipboard) for it to be pasted somewhere later.
  3. Open the software or app where you want to paste the block of text that you copied. Click anywhere on the text area on that software or app and then press the Control + V keys.

Take note: even if you’ve pasted the entire block of text on to the text area of the software or app, the text will continue to be saved on the clipboard. That said, you can still paste to any other software or app that allows you to paste or enter a text. This very much works the same exact way with Windows and Mac operating systems.

Another thing, unlike how MS Word works most of the time when you paste the block of text to a different destination, you’ll notice immediately that it will not take the original formatting of the text. Instead, the pasted texts will follow the destinations formatting rules or will totally remove any formatting elements to it. This will make you do a little more formatting steps if you want to retain the original format of the texts.

How to copy and paste videos and/or images

  1. Hover your mouse cursor on top of the video and/or image that you want to copy.
  2. Right-click on your mouse or perform a two-finger tap on the Acer Chromebook touchpad. This will show you options to choose. Select copy image. This is pretty much applicable for images.
  3. If you’re copying video, select copy video URL in the options after the right-click or two-finger tap. You can also choose the copy embed code option if you plan to copy the video and paste it into social media, websites, etc.
  4. Open your destination software, app, or website.
  5. Press Control + V to paste the video and/or image into the destination software, app, or website.

How to copy a full web page

  1. Open the web page and move your mouse cursor on to the neutral space of the web page. This means the space where you can’t select a text, an image, video, audio, etc. It’s simply a static part of the webpage.
  2. Press Control + A keys. This will highlight everything on the webpage, including videos and images.
  3. Press Control + C keys to copy all the highlighted content in the webpage.
  4. Go to the destination software or app where you want to paste the webpage content.
  5. Press Control + V keys to paste the entire copied web page content.

The beauty of the Acer Chromebook is that the Chrome operating system itself was designed to work very much like how the Chrome web browser works. It’s incredibly easy, simple, and clean. Moreover, it remarkably treats webpage contents, layout, and information lightly to be compatible with the software and apps running in the operating system.


The Acer Chromebook may be new to the market but it’s so much easier to use. That’s why it’s become the preferred computer hardware and operating system bundle for early education needs. Learning how the Acer Chromebook works is also not that complicated and cumbersome. It’s true that sometimes it’s tricky but a lot of its functions, such as the copy and paste work exactly like how you do it on Windows and/or Mac.