Cutting, copying, and pasting cells

You can cut, copy, or paste a single table cell or multiple cells at once, preserving the cell formatting. You can paste cells at the insertion point or paste over a selection in an existing table.

The selected cells must be contiguous and in the shape of a rectangle. For example, the selection in this illustration is a rectangle of cells, so the cells can be cut or copied.

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The selection in this illustration is not a rectangle, so the cells can't be cut or copied.

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Cutting and copying table cells

You can copy a single cell or multiple cells, and cut the cells, or the cells' content, from the table. You can copy a single cell or multiple cells, and paste the cells in the same or another table.

To copy table cells, rows, or columns:

  1. In your draft, select one or more cells, rows, or columns in the table (see "Selecting table elements").
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Select Edit > Copy.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Copy.

Contribute copies the selection to the Clipboard.

To cut table cells, rows, or columns:

  1. In your draft, select one or more cells, rows, or columns in the table (see "Selecting table elements").
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Select Edit > Cut.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Cut.

Contribute cuts the selection from the table and copies it to the Clipboard.

To remove cell content but leave the cells intact:

  1. In your draft, select one or more cells.Note: Do not select an entire row or column. If you do, when you select Edit > Clear or press Delete, Contribute removes the entire row or column--not just its contents--from the table.
  2. Select Edit > Clear or press Delete.

Contribute removes the contents of the cells you selected, but leaves the empty cells in the table.

Pasting table cells

You can copy cells and then paste them at the insertion point in a table or paste over a selection in an existing table.

When you paste multiple table cells, the contents of the Clipboard must be compatible with the structure of the table or the selected block where they will go. For example, if you copy a block that is two cells by two cells, you must paste it in a two-by-two block.

To paste table cells:

  1. Copy some table cells.
  2. In your draft, do one of the following to indicate where you want to paste the cells:
    • To replace existing cells with the cells you are pasting, select a set of existing cells with the same layout as the cells you copied. For example, if you've cut or copied a three-by-two block of cells, select another three-by-two block in which to paste the cut or copied content.
    • To paste a full row of cells above a particular cell, click in that cell.
    • To paste a full column of cells to the left of a particular cell, click in that cell.
    • To create a table with the pasted cells, place the insertion point outside the table. Note: If you have less than a full row or column of cells in the Clipboard, and you click in a cell and then paste the cells from the Clipboard, the cell you clicked in and its neighbors (depending on its location in the table) might be replaced with the cells you are pasting.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Select Edit > Paste.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Paste.

Contribute pastes the cells from the Clipboard.