How to Speed Up Your Copy/Paste Skills

When writing any type of documents on your computer there are some basic skills you need to know. This refers to Web documents too. When learning to design Web pages these things come in handy and are very simple to do. They also save you a lot of time and typing. One of the most basic things in my opinion, is knowing how to copy or cut words from a document and paste them somewhere else.

Being able to cut, copy and paste in your documents adds a new level to your creativity. Now you can change your mind about the placement of your sentences and words, and in a matter of seconds and just a few clicks of the mouse, you can have it fixed instead of having to rewrite the whole thing. That’s the whole point of owning a computer. Right?

“Select, right-click, copy, switch, right-click paste. Rinse.” This is the typical copy/paste procedure we all repeat several times a day and one worth looking for ways to make it more efficient. In this post I’ll show you two ways to power up your “Copy/Paste” skills while using Mozilla Firefox. Here we go.


You can set the mouse middle wheel button to paste whatever text you have in the clipboard to a text box in a page or Firefox chrome such as the location or search bars:

  1. Enter about:config in the location bar.
  2. Look for autocopy.optPasteOnMiddleClick preference.
  3. Double click on it to set it to true.



When you select some text in a web page, it’s most likely you intend to copy it and paste it somewhere else. AutoCopy, is a useful Firefox extension created by Michael Lidman, that automatically copies to the clipboard whatever you select in a web page so you don’t need to right click on the selection and then choose Copy from the context menu or simply by clicking the mouse middle wheel button.

Autocopy includes an option to enable middle-click pasting as the tip above and options to enable or disable it from the status bar, paste directly to the search or location bars and keeps a history of recent clipboard entries. You can’t beat that with a stick.

After including these productivity tricks in your everyday work routine, you’re ready to walk boldly to your boss and say: “Boss, I deserve a raise. I’ve earned it!” Good Day! 🙂

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