How to Copy and Paste Without a Mouse in Windows PC

Using a mouse to copy and paste content is very old school. What if there was a techie way to do so? What if your mouse is broken and you need a different method to delay the switch?

In situations like these, your keyboard can come handy. Rather than switching from keyboard to mouse or even touch pad to copy-paste, you can solely rely on this peripheral. You can employ certain keyboard shortcuts that assist you in selecting, copying, and pasting anything you want.

We have listed all the ways you can copy-paste on your keyboard to ditch the mouse once and for all.

How to Copy and Paste Without a Mouse

Using Shortcut Keys to Copy and Paste

Before moving ahead, let’s learn some important shortcut keys that can come in handy for copying and pasting:

  • Ctrl + C helps you copy your desired text, image, or file on a Windows PC. But, if you’re a Mac user, the shortcut key is Command + C.
  • Ctrl + X or Command + X helps you cut or move your desired object from one place to another.
  • Then, you can use Ctrl + V or Command + V to paste the item you copied earlier.
  • If you wish to select everything, simply press Ctrl + A or Command + A.

How Can I Copy and Paste Without a Mouse?

Sometimes, your mouse or touchpad buttons may not work fine. In such a case, you can simply use your mouse to select certain parts and perform other operations using your keyboard. However, if your mouse doesn’t work, you must do it entirely using your keyboard.

This section covers every possible way to copy and paste when your mouse is malfunctioning.

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Copy and Paste Selected Items Using Keyboard Shortcut

To copy certain parts using keyboard shortcuts, use Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V to paste. Here’s the detailed process on how you can do just that:

If you’re trying to copy text, first select the part you wish to copy. For other items like a folder or file, you can select those you want to copy. 


Next, long hold Ctrl and press the C key on your keyboard.


Now, navigate to the location you want to paste the selected texts or items.

Finally, press Ctrl + V to paste it there.


Copy and Paste Everything Using Keyboard Shortcut

If you’re looking to copy the entire content, it’s best to use Ctrl + A instead of selecting and copying like the earlier method. Go through the simple guide below to get a better understanding of this:

Navigate to the location you wish to copy the objects from.

Whether it’s text or files, long-hold Ctrl and press the A button. This selects all your items.


Now, use Ctrl and C keys to copy them.

Finally, go to the location and use Ctrl + V to paste them.


Use the Menu Key on Keyboard

If you have a keyboard consisting of the Menu key, you can use this as a mouse’s right-click function. Even if you don’t see this on your keyboard, it’s completely fine. Alternatively, you can press Shift + F10:

First, select your desired files or text.

Then, press the menu key or Shift + F10 keys from your keyboard.


Use your arrow keys to choose the Copy option and hit Enter.

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Finally, paste your text or items using Ctrl + V in your desired location.

Copy and Paste Using Just Your Keyboard 

The earlier methods required some usage of mice. But, if your mouse isn’t functioning, you’ll have to access the mouse functions using your keyboard. Here’s how you can do that:

Use Alt + (left) Shift + Num Lock to launch the Mouse Keys feature. You can enable it from the Ease of Access Center if it’s not turned on.


Next, choose Ok. If your mouse doesn’t function, simply hit enter.


Now, use the Numpad to navigate to the section of the text or files you wish to copy.

Press 0 to activate the selection. 


Once the desired item or text is selected, you can press the ‘.’ key to release the selection.


Then, use Ctrl + C to copy the selected portion.

Finally, paste using Ctrl + V in your desired location.

Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I'm the creator and editor-in-chief of Tech To Geek. Through this little blog, I share with you my passion for technology. I specialize in various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android, focusing on providing practical and valuable guides.

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