Copy & Paste – Mac Vs. PC

It’s time for another Mac vs. PC video podcast. Today, we’ll be showing the difference in how copy and paste is done between a Mac and a PC. Ashley will show how to copy some text from a web page and then paste it into a text file on her desktop. Then I will show how to do the same thing with a Mac.

After making this video, Ashley told me she wants a new MacBook Pro. If any company wants to send her one as part of some promotion, she’ll be really grateful. Email me if you want to give Ashley (or me) a new MacBook. Hey, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

59 thoughts on “Copy & Paste – Mac Vs. PC”

  1. Aldhis says:

    I always love MAC! Simple and innovative yet elegant!
    Well John, may I ask you for a new MacBook Pro? πŸ™‚ If I didn’t ask, I won’t get it, will I?

    1. Sara says:

      Wow, that was very helpful. Thanks. I think I’m going to get a Macbook besides the dell i was begging my mother for for christmas.

      For more tech news like this one, john posted, you can visit

      1. “Hello, I’m John Chow and I’m a Mac.” lol

        1. Kevin says:

          What a good joke! I like it!

        2. Tushar Dhoot says:

          It’d be even more funny if Shoemoney came on and said “I’m Shoemoney, and I’m a PC”.


      2. yeh, gadgetadvisor is really a nice site to get tech updates.
        I want mac too – send me also πŸ˜€

    2. Kok Choon says:

      I never use Mac before, I am outdated!

      Too bad Bill just don’t seems to keep up πŸ™ I will turn to Mac eventually, much cooler~!

      1. Did that 6 months ago and never looked back πŸ™‚

    3. Geiger says:

      Highlight and hit Ctrl-C to copy.
      Click in target document and Ctrl-V to paste.

      Not quite as informative as the hibernation post.

      1. Abdul says:

        yea, that’s the first thing I thought of when I saw the title but then I knew nothing of the Mac!

    4. Haha, can i have a Macbook Pro too John? =)

    5. Ben Pei says:

      Lol count me in too..

  2. Mike says:

    Cool post..I love my mac…a lot more functionality than the PC!!!!

    1. Mike Henry says:

      In some respects it is, depending on your tasks. A stock mac will beat a PC on graphic manipulation & video tasks, but we rock the spreadsheet!

  3. Why are you shifting your focus to tech all of a sudden?

    1. Opposed too …what’s for lunch?

      1. John Chow says:

        What is for lunch anyway? That’s always a hard question.

  4. You know you could just buy her one for christmas….but who doesn’t love free stuff.

  5. Jack says:

    I’m thinking about having a workstation around a PC Desktop, with a macbook pro on the side for web design, class work and travel. The only hurdles I’m having trouble with lately are people who think I should go all mac, and whether to drop my Blackberry for an iPhone. It’s not an easy decision.

  6. Mario says:

    I love PC and i do not care if i want 5 seconds more
    than mac to copy and paste.


    1. Kok Choon says:

      Just find some good tool and you can do things similar…

      The point is – Mac is cooler! At least now everyone wants One, well except you.

  7. Paul Fisher says:

    This is very timely for me. I’ve just been considering a Macbook purchase after 10+ Windows years. I’m scared – I know Window’s inside out, but I just can’t ignore the number of people recommending Mac to me…

  8. Dot_Commie says:

    Umm.. just use “Ctrl C” to copy and “Ctrl V” to paste on the PC. Jesus, could you perfor that task any harder?

    1. John Chow says:

      Hitting Ctrl C takes two hands. Right clicks only takes one. Then again, they both take about the same amount of time so do whichever you want. πŸ™‚

      1. Matt says:

        LOL, you must have very small fingers to need to use two hands to do “Ctrl C” !

        Amazingly I can use my left hand to press both the “Left Ctrl” and “C” at the same time.

        Pressing Ctrl + C and the Ctrl + V takes about 1-2 seconds total, oh there is also Ctrl S for save.

        Also John, you need to edit and correct your other anti Windows post :

        Which is incorrect, read the comments, and use “Sleep” not Hibernate.

        1. thanks for the tip john

        2. Tushar Dhoot says:

          Yea, lol…

          I can do both easily with one hand.

  9. I can’t live without CTRL + C and CTRL + V..

    1. Ben Pei says:

      You’re right dude.. make copy and paste so easy..

  10. That’s such a cool feature I didn’t even know existed on Mac’s – Thanks for the video on that John + Ashley. I think it’s preferable to using ctrl + c or right clicking.

  11. Thanks for the Mac tutorial, never knew that. I just bought a Macbook Pro 2.5 Ghz some days back and I am really enjoying working on it..

  12. says:

    Not all PCs suck at copy and paste like this. This is a function of the operating system you use. Windows, of course, is not very intuitive in many areas of it’s User Interface and that is why I (and many others) choose to go with something like Ubuntu or another flavor of Linux if you own a PC. Ubuntu has done this kind of copy & paste for as long as i can remember.

    If you are considering purchasing a Mac just to get some UI improvements or be different from the mainstream then download the latest Ubuntu Live CD and give Ubuntu a try. You can boot off the CD without installing Ubuntu so you can try it risk free. If you like it you can even install it alongside windows so you can choose to boot into Windows or Ubuntu when you turn on your computer.

    1. Steve Moyer says:

      Yep … there’s even a Mac theme and a “dock”. My daughter’s laptop boots Windows Vista and Ubuntu, but everyone thinks it’s a Hackintosh (they never see Vista because she quit using it).

    2. MoneyBlog says:

      Where can I find ‘Ubuntu Live CD’???

      1. Steve Moyer says:

        Well … assuming you want to build a desktop computer, here is the download page. The desktop version is a live CD with a short-cut to the installer on the desktop.

      2. Steve Moyer says:

        Okay … so you want the link too? πŸ˜‰

  13. Funny little video. Btw i love this part of your post πŸ˜€ “Email me if you want to give Ashley (or me) a new MacBook. Hey, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!”

  14. Steve Moyer says:

    Dragging the text to the desktop also creates a new file using Linux with a Gnome desktop … I also tried this on Windows XP and DnD works just fine as long as you have an available file. You seemed to have picked the toughest route to copy the text on the “PC”.

    And why say “PC” … You should be saying that “I’m a Windows”, since Macs are also PCs (with some extra dollars in the price tag to account for them also being pop art).

  15. GamingBooth says:

    lol…I wish I could just ask companies to give me and get one (which I am sure you and Ashley will). Nice little video πŸ™‚

  16. I love MACs πŸ˜€ They are really something special

  17. Kat Argonza says:

    Aha! Macbooks really are better. I am a mac – specifically a macbook air!

    1. macbooks i will admit are pretty sweet looking – but i think im more of a pc guy – but if you want to convert me sent me a macbook – like john said you gotta ask

  18. Sohail says:

    PC here……..simple and easy to use πŸ˜‰

  19. Tushar Dhoot says:

    I’m really interested to see if Ashley get’s the mac or not. It’d really be a sign of the power of Chow…because no offense, but her blog is updated once every 2 months or so, so if she does get the mac, it has to be because of you.

  20. Keral Patel says:

    Yeah and if some more companies want to send Mac’s then they can also contact me from my blog. πŸ˜€

  21. BusinessX says:

    As a PC, Mac is looking better and better.

  22. James says:

    THAT, is awesome. I want a mac! But I’ll keep my PC for games πŸ™‚

  23. Dom says:

    Heh, im using debian linux and all I have to do is drag and drop as well. Not to mention my os costs $0. If you want eyecandy, just get compiz

  24. I’m planning to buy a MacBook Pro this week. Timely post I must say.

  25. is that macbook air ? , i really really want mac, so simple and minimalist

  26. Abdul says:

    I hate my slow internet it 512K so I had to wait 2 minutes for the whole video to load!

  27. Dfunda says:

    me too have to wait for the video to load because i am on 256k

  28. Cool post… this reminds me how much I love my mac…a lot more functionality than the PC!

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