How To Cut, Copy & Paste Files In Windows 11

Windows 11 ships with a revamped File Explorer. The new File Explorer uses a simple toolbar instead of the old ribbon interface found in Windows 10 and earlier versions.

In addition to the new toolbar, the File Explorer also ships with an all-new file context menu (right-click menu) which does not easily get cluttered as and when you install new programs. The downside is that most PC users will need some time to get used to this new right-click menu as it does not display all options by default.

Many users who have upgraded to Windows 11 are asking us where are the cut, copy, and paste options in Windows 11? As a result, in this guide, we will tell you how to access cut, copy and paste options in Windows 11.

There are multiple ways to perform cut, copy and paste operations in Windows 11.

Method 1 of 4

Perform cut, copy, and paste operations in Windows 11 using right-click menu

Step 1: Perform a right-click on the file that you want to cut or copy and then click the Copy icon (refer to the picture below) to copy the selected file.

How To Cut, Copy & Paste Files In Windows 11

To cut a file, right-click on the file and then click on the scissor icon (cut icon).

How To Cut, Copy & Paste Files In Windows 11

Step 2: To paste the copied file, go to the folder where you want to paste the file, right-click and then click on the paste icon (refer to the picture below). Simple as that!

How To Cut, Copy & Paste Files In Windows 11

Method 2 of 4

Perform cut, copy, and paste in Windows 11 via File Explorer toolbar

Step 1: In the File Explorer, select a file that you want to cut or copy.

Step 2: Once you select a file, you will see cut and copy icons in the toolbar. Simply click on the cut icon (represented by the scissor icon) or copy the icon to cut or copy the selected file.

How To Cut, Copy & Paste Files In Windows 11

Step 3: To paste a file, navigate to a location where you want to paste the file, and then click on the paste icon (refer to the picture below) in the toolbar.

How To Cut, Copy & Paste Files In Windows 11

Method 3 of 4

Perform cut, copy and paste using the classic context menu in Windows 11

Step 1: Right-click on the file that you want to cut or copy, click Show more options to open the classic context menu, and then click the Cut or Copy option.

How To Cut, Copy & Paste Files In Windows 11

How To Cut, Copy & Paste Files In Windows 11

Step 2: To paste a file, right-click on an empty spot, click Show more options and then click the Paste option.

How To Cut, Copy & Paste Files In Windows 11

Method 4 of 4

Use a keyboard shortcut to cut, copy or paste in Windows 11

Use the Ctrl + C hotkey to copy, use Ctrl + X to cut and use Ctrl + V to paste.

FAQ’s

1. How do I cut a file in Windows 11?

To cut or copy a file in Windows 11, right-click on it and select the desired icon at the top or bottom of the context menu. The ‘Cut’ icon resembles a scissor while the ‘Copy’ icon resembles two overlapping pages. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + X to ‘Cut’ a file and CTRL + C to ‘Copy’ it.

2. How do I copy and move files in Windows 11?

Although, you can move or copy files/folders on Windows 11/10 with simple drag and drop gestures. You can also use a shortcut key “Ctrl +C” to copy an item, then you can paste in a different location by pressing the “Ctrl + V” shortcut.

3. How do I cut and paste files in Windows?

Keyboard shortcut: Hold down Ctrl and press X to cut or C to copy. Right-click the item’s destination and choose Paste. You can right-click inside a document, folder, or nearly any other place. Keyboard shortcut: Hold down Ctrl and press V to paste.

4. How do I move files without copying them in Windows 11?

To also Copy file(s) regardless of the source and target destination, hold down the CTRL key while you drag and drop the file(s). To also Move file(s) regardless of the source and target destination, hold down the SHIFT key while you drag and drop the file(s).

5. How do I move multiple files in Windows 11?

In Windows, to select a single file or folder, simply click on it or tab it on when using a touch screen. When you want to select multiple files and folders, hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard while you select each file or folder name.


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