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Definition: cut and paste

To move files, folders and selected text to another location. Cut removes the item from its current location and places it into the clipboard. Paste inserts the current clipboard contents into the new location. To learn how to cut and paste text, see copy and paste.

"Cut and Paste" Is Often "Copy and Paste"
Users very often copy files, folders, images and text from one location to another. However, they often erroneously refer to this as "cut and paste," which is a relocation or "move" and not a "copy." See clipboard and Win Copy between windows.