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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 5. E

Edit Menu

In Windows: Edit Menu

The Edit menu in the Finder’s menu bar is mirrored within the Edit menu of every folder window in Windows. Most of the menu items—Cut, Copy, Paste, and so on—have the same names and keyboard shortcuts as on the Macintosh, except that you use the Ctrl key instead of the Mac’s Command key.

The commands in the Windows Edit menu work exactly as they do on the Macintosh—you can cut, copy, or paste highlighted material in your applications. At the Desktop, however, Windows offers a unique feature—you can use Cut, Copy, and Paste on Desktop icons themselves, thus moving or copying actual files to other windows. Although this method of moving and copying files may seem unfamiliar, give it a try. You may find it easier than dragging files around in Windows.

For information on the main commands in the Edit menu, Cut, Copy, Paste, and Undo, see their respective entries. Among the other Edit menu items are:

Clear. Windows has no equivalent to the Mac’s Clear command, but Macintosh users never use it anyway (it’s easier to press the Delete key).

Select All. The Windows Select All command (Ctrl-A) works almost identically to the Macintosh Select All command (Command-A), selecting everything (all icons, all text, all graphics, or whatever) in the current window. However, the Mac’s Select All command can also select all the text of a file while you’re editing it, which isn’t possible in Windows.

Show Clipboard. Windows has no direct equivalent to the Mac’s ...

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