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How do I ... Copy, cut, and paste components

Some notes on the author environment clipboard

  •   the Adobe Experience Manager author environment has its own clipboard
  •   does not copy nor cut things to your computer clipboard
  •   has its own undo and redo functions

How to copy-paste a single component

Click on a component you want to copy

There are three copy-cut-paste options that appear in the component toolbar (from left to right)

 1.  Copy  (two offset squares icon: one filled, one outline) - if you want to copy a component within a page or from one page to another

2. Cut  (scissor icon) - if you want to move a component within a page without dragging and dropping or remove it from one page to paste into another

3. Paste (clipboard icon) - pastes the current contents of the author environment clipboard above the component or component drop zone you click on to activate toolbar for paste icon

Examples

In this example, a component copy is done within a page:

  • Click on a component you want to copy
  • Click the copy icon in the toolbar (two offset squares icon: one filled, one outline)
  • Click another component or component drop zone. Choose one that appears below where you want to paste from the clipboard
  • Click the paste icon (clipboard icon)
  • Now, you can change the configuration or edit in the component copy, if desired
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In this example, a component copy is done from one page to another:

  • Click on a component you want to copy
  • Click the copy icon in the toolbar (two offset squares icon: one filled, one outline)
  • Open the page where you want to paste the component
  • Click another component or component drop zone. Choose one that appears below where you want to paste from the clipboard
  • Click the paste icon (clipboard icon)
  • Now, you can change the configuration or edit in the component copy, if desired
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The same operations for copy work for the cut method, only the original component will be removed:

  • Click on a component you want to cut
  • Click the cut icon in the toolbar (scissors icon)
  • Click another component or component drop zone. Choose one that appears below where you want to paste from the clipboard
  • Click the paste icon (clipboard icon)
  • Now, you can change the configuration or edit in the component copy, if desired
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NOTE: To cut components across pages requires manually refreshing the pages after the operation is complete, to see changes.

How to copy-paste/cut-paste multiple components (in or across pages)

  • Click on the first component you want to copy
  • Click the Group icon to the right of the paste icon
  • Click on the next component(s) you want to copy
    • Notice that the toolbar for the component(s) have been simplified to just the copy, cut, delete, and group icons
  • On the last component you wish to copy or cut, select the icon for the appropriate method
  • Click another component or component drop zone. Choose one that appears below where you want to paste from the clipboard
  • Click the paste icon (clipboard icon)
  • Now, you can change the configuration or edit in the component copy, if desired
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NOTE: You can also use the Ctrl key (on Windows) or Command key (on macOS) to select multiple components after clicking on the first.

NOTE: If you are copying or cutting a composite component (for instance a Container, Multi Columns, Multi Tabs / Accordion), you only need to click the outer component when selecting. All child components within these composite structures will copy or cut.

How to UNDO a copy-paste/cut-paste of components

As mentioned at the top of the page, the authoring environment has its own undo function. The undo icon will appear in the top-left corner of the page display next to the sidebar open/close icon and the page operations menu toggle.

It does have multiple undo steps and a redo option as well.