OpenWindows User's Guide

Using Cut, Copy, Paste

You can move or copy files within File Manager using the Cut/Copy/Paste commands. Cut/Copy/Paste commands are provided on the Edit menu, the File Pane pop-up menu, and as function keys on the keyboard. Some keyboards will have Cut, Copy, and Paste keys; otherwise, you can use the keyboard equivalents described in Chapter 1, Introduction to the Solaris User Environment.

When you cut material, it is not deleted. It is put on a clipboard, where it is stored temporarily. Only one item or group of items is stored on the clipboard at a time.

Note -

If you do another cut without using what is on the clipboard, the previous information is lost.

Moving or Copying Files and Folders Using Cut and Paste

To move or copy folders and files using the clipboard, follow these steps:

  1. Select the file or files you want to copy or move.

    The icon is selected. If you want to move a group of files or folders, click ADJUST on individual icons to add them to the group. If the icon is already selected, clicking ADJUST deselects it, removing it from the group.

  2. Choose Cut or Copy from the Edit menu.

    Use Cut, or Copy to copy a file. The file or files are moved or copied to the clipboard.

    If your keyboard has Cut and Copy keys, you can use them, or Meta-x (Cut) and Meta-c (Copy). (On IA systems, Meta is Control-Alt.)

    An instruction message is displayed in the footer, as shown in Figure 2-18.

    Figure 2-18 Messages when Files are Cut to the Clipboard


  3. Open the folder you want to receive the files.

  4. Choose Paste from the Edit menu or the File Pane pop-up menu.

    If your keyboard has a Paste key, you can use that. You may also use Meta-v. (On IA systems, Meta is Control-Alt.)