Cut and paste vs copy and paste

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. What's the difference between Cut and Paste and Copy and Paste?

A. Besides the spelling (sorry, I couldn't resist), Copy and Paste differs from Cut and Paste in that the Copy command leaves the original object in its original location. The result of a Copy-and-Paste maneuver is two identical objects (documents, photos, graphics, etc.) in two separate locations. If you Cut and Paste an item, you remove it from its original location and move it to a new location.

Behind the scenes, when you copy or cut an object, though it appears as if nothing happens, the object is placed on the Windows Clipboard. The Clipboard is an area of your system’s memory used for short-term storage -- which, coincidentally, is how Mrs. Modem describes my ability to remember things.

When you execute a Paste command (right-click and select Paste), Windows copies the item from the Clipboard to your destination location. The Clipboard, by default, can hold one item at a time. If you copy something, then copy another item, the second item will overwrite the first item on the Clipboard.

Q. My new laptop has wireless capability, which I really like, but when I’m away from home, how can I find a hotspot?

A. Here are a few things you can do to locate areas where you can connect wirelessly to the Internet, also known as hotspots:

1. Turn on your laptop computer and see if it detects a signal. Most current computers have built-in wireless signal finders.

2. Use a hand-held WiFi Finder (, sometimes referred to as a sniffer. This type of device will let you know if there is a signal in the vicinity, as well as its strength.

3. Visit locations that traditionally provide an Internet signal, such as libraries, airports, coffee shops, bookstores, airport and mall kiosks. Some of these will be free, others require a subscription to an Internet service such as T-Mobile, and some charge on a per-hour basis.

4. Include hotspots in your travel planning. There are a number of hotspot directories such as Jwire's WiFi Hotspot Finder at, which contains 300,000 hotspots in 144 countries, and is searchable by address, location type, and ZIP code. The WiFinder at is also excellent.

There are also devices such as Verizon's MiFi ( that allows you to take your hotspot with you, anywhere within its coverage area. It automatically detects the Verizon wireless network and allows overachievers to connect up to five WiFi devices simultaneously, without fear of bodily injury. Check with your wireless provider for similar products and services.

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