How to Copy and Paste on an Acer Chromebook (2023 Guide)

As a small business owner or entrepreneur, you need technology tools that are affordable, easy to use, and help you work more efficiently. That‘s whyChromebooks like the popular Acer Chromebook model are a great choice. With their low cost, security, and cloud-based functionality, Chromebooks can boost productivity for your business.

One of the most common tasks we do on laptops is copy and paste text or files. Whether you‘re collaborating on documents, transferring info between apps, or duplicating data, fast and simple copy/paste improves workflow. In this updated 2023 guide, I‘ll provide detailed instructions on how to easily copy and paste on an Acer Chromebook so you can get the most out of this handy device.

Chromebooks Gain Popularity Among Small Business Owners

Let‘s first look at a few statistics that highlight the growing adoption of Chromebooks:

  • Chrome OS now holds 9.4% of the laptop/desktop OS market share, up from just 7.4% in 2020. (Source: StatCounter)
  • Over 40 million Chromebooks were shipped globally in 2021, a nearly 15% increase from 2020. (Source: Canalys)
  • In the US education market, Chromebooks account for around 60% of all device shipments. (Source: EdTech Magazine)

With strong growth across business, education, and personal use, it‘s clear that Chromebooks are here to stay. And for entrepreneurs or small business owners, Chromebooks offer compelling benefits:

Security – Data is protected from malware and viruses with auto-updates and sandboxing.

Affordability – Chromebooks are typically priced much lower than Windows/Mac options.

Cloud-Based – No need for manual software installs. Everything runs through the cloud.

Easy to Use – The intuitive Chrome OS interface reduces learning curve.

Collaboration – Native integration with Google Workspace apps makes real-time collaboration easy.

For these reasons, Chromebooks deserve consideration for your business needs. Next let‘s look at how the Chromebook copy/paste functionality works.

How Copy and Paste Works on Chromebooks

Chromebooks run on Google‘s Chrome OS, which is based on the Chrome browser. This means that instead of traditional desktop apps, Chromebooks rely on web apps and cloud computing. There‘s no need to manually install software updates or deal with bloated, slow-running programs.

With Chrome OS, your "desktop" is essentially the Chrome browser. You‘ll get a dock at the bottom with app icons, as well as a right-side shelf for open windows. Keyboard shortcuts allow you to quickly navigate and multitask.

Chrome OS desktop example

Fig. 1 – Example of Chrome OS desktop screen

This streamlined interface is designed for speed, ease of use, and collaboration. Copy/paste functions fast and intuitively across the various apps and services.

Now let‘s walk through the various methods you can use for copying and pasting on an Acer Chromebook.

Copy and Paste with Keyboard Shortcuts

The fastest way to copy/paste on a Chromebook is by using keyboard shortcuts. Here are the most important ones to remember:

  • Copy: CTRL + C
  • Paste: CTRL + V
  • Cut: CTRL + X
  • Select All: CTRL + A

To copy content:

  1. Highlight the desired text or image by clicking and dragging your cursor.
  2. Once selected, press CTRL + C to copy.

To paste:

  1. Place your cursor where you want to insert the copied content.
  2. Press CTRL + V to paste.

Check out this brief video demonstrating the process:

Gif showing copy/paste keyboard shortcuts

Fig. 2 – Using CTRL + C and CTRL + V to swiftly copy and paste.

This keyboard method is by far the fastest way to copy/paste on a Chromebook. The ability to keep your hands on the keyboard improves efficiency, especially when transferring content between documents or collaborating with team members.

Copy/Paste Using the Touchpad

If you prefer using the touchpad over keyboard shortcuts, that method works well too:

To copy:

  1. Use two fingers on the touchpad to select the desired text/image.
  2. Tap touchpad with two fingers to open the context menu.
  3. Choose "Copy" from the menu.

To paste:

  1. Move cursor to insertion point.
  2. Two finger tap the touchpad to open context menu.
  3. Select "Paste."

This does add a few more steps compared to keyboard shortcuts, but the touchpad offers a more tactile feel for those who like that option.

Access Multiple Copied Items with the Clipboard

Chrome OS stores your last 5 copied items in a clipboard history. To access this:

  1. Press Search + V on your keyboard.
  2. Choose the copied item you want to paste from the clipboard viewer.

Clipboard viewer on Chromebook

Fig. 3 – Chromebook clipboard viewer showing multiple saved clips.

Having quick access to your clipboard history makes transferring multiple pieces of content much faster. You can copy several paragraphs or statements, then paste them sequentially without having to re-copy each time.

Delete Items from the Clipboard

To delete an item from your Chromebook clipboard:

  1. Open the clipboard viewer (Search + V)
  2. Hover over the item you want to remove
  3. Click the X delete icon

Regularly pruning old/unneeded clips from your clipboard keeps it tidy and functioning smoothly.

Paste Without Formatting

When copying text, any formatting like bold, italics, or font style carries over by default on paste. To paste as unformatted plain text, use:


This pastes text without retaining any bold, italic, or other formatting – just the raw text. Helpful when you only need the text content.

Chrome Extensions Provide Advanced Copy/Paste Options

While the built-in copy/paste features cover the basics, Chrome extensions can add advanced functionality tailored to your specific needs. Here are some top options:

Copyfish – Stores unlimited clipboard items and lets you pin frequently used clips for easy access later.

MultiClipboard – Saves multiple clips to an organized sidebar – very handy for heavy copy/paste work.

Clipboard History Pro – Search clips, create custom keyboard shortcuts, and more robust functionality.

Check out the Chrome Web Store to browse more options and read reviews. The right extension can make you a copy/paste power user!

Quickly Copy/Paste Files on Your Chromebook

In addition to text and images, entire files can be copied/pasted on Chromebooks too. To do this:

  1. Right-click on the file and select "Copy".
  2. Navigate to destination folder.
  3. Right-click and choose "Paste" to transfer the file.

This provides an easy way to duplicate files or transfer them between folders.

Here‘s a quick 15 second video showcasing the process:

Gif demonstrating copying and pasting a file

Fig. 4 – Right-click copy/paste makes duplicating or transferring files a breeze.

Collaborate With Your Team Using Copy/Paste

For entrepreneurs and small business owners, effective collaboration can give you an edge over competitors. Chromebooks make teamwork easy with their cloud-based DNA and native integration with Google Workspace apps like Google Docs.

Multiple people can edit a document in real-time, using copy/paste to rapidly transfer content back and forth. The right Chrome extensions turbo-charge the process even more.

With everyone working on the same up-to-date document version rather than emailing drafts back and forth, your team‘s productivity and output will thrive!


Getting the most from technology tools like copy/paste accelerates your productivity and gives you more time for important business growth activities.

This guide provided several methods to swiftly copy and paste on your Acer Chromebook using keyboard shortcuts, the touchpad, the clipboard, and Chrome extensions. Integrating these into your workflow will help you accomplish more each day.

Chromebooks offer the ideal blend of affordability, ease of use, and cloud-based collaboration features for any small business owner or entrepreneur. Performing essential tasks like copy/paste quickly and seamlessly is one of the ways a Chromebook can boost your efficiency.

Put these skills into practice and enjoy the time savings! Let me know if you have any other questions on optimizing technology for your business.