How To Copy A Word Document

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There are many reasons why you’d copy a word document. And here’s how you can do it!

Whether you’re working on a collaborative project or simply want to create a backup, knowing how to copy a Word document is an essential skill. The good news is that doing so is very straightforward, and can be done in just a few clicks or keystrokes.

So, let’s take a look at the different ways in which you can copy a word document.


1. Why would you want to copy a word document?

Backup and security

Protect against accidental changes: Copying a word document creates a safety net in case you accidentally overwrite or lose the original file.

Safeguard against data loss: Mitigates risks associated with software crashes, hardware malfunctions, or file corruption.


Editing without worry:

Experiment without risk: With a fresh copy of your word document, you can freely modify the copy without affecting the original content, which is perfect for testing edits or exploring different ideas.

Create multiple versions: Enables you to maintain various iterations of a document with specific changes, useful for collaborating or tracking revisions.


Sharing and Collaboration:

Distribute for collaboration: Provides a clean copy for others to edit without altering the original, which makes for better teamwork and feedback processes.

Share specific sections: Allows you to easily share portions of the document while keeping the rest confidential.


Template Creation:

Save time and effort: Replicates a document as a template, which will then be ready to be filled in with new information for similar projects, saving you time and effort. And, with OfficeSuite Templates there to help, your writing will be even easier.

Maintain consistent formatting: This will ensure that you maintain uniformity across multiple documents based on the original format and layout of the copied template.


Compatibility and Accessibility:

Share with different software: Copying your word document let you share the document with people who might not have the same software as you, by saving the copy in compatible formats like PDF or plain text.

Access across devices: Allows you to keep a copy on various devices for easy access and editing, regardless of the specific software installed on each device.

OfficeSuite Documents is an excellent choice for anyone who regularly works across platforms and devices, offering regular updates and seamless compatibility for many situations.



Sharing your documents in the right way will make collaboration easier


2. Keep these in mind when copying a word document

Knowing how to copy a word document isn’t difficult, but there may be some little things that turn the final result into something a little different. Here’s what to look out for:


Changes in font style, size, and color: Pay attention to whether the copied text retains its original formatting or adopts the formatting of the destination document. This will make sure that you keep visual consistency and that you stick to specific style guides.

Spacing and indentation: Check to see if the copied text maintains its original spacing and indentation, or if it gets adjusted to match the destination – otherwise, your copied word document might look a mess!

Lists and tables: Check if the formatting of lists and tables transfers correctly, including bullet points, numbering, and cell alignment.



Completeness: Make sure that you’ve selected and copied the entire intended portion of the document, paying attention if you’ve missed any sections in longer documents.

Hidden content: Be aware that hidden elements like comments, tracked changes, and embedded objects might not be readily visible but could still be copied. Use the “Review” tab to check for hidden content if necessary and accept / delete any comments or changes that have been made.

Accuracy: After pasting, take a moment to proofread the copied text and ensure it matches the original content without any unintended typos or character errors.


And also:

Compatibility: If copying to a different program , observe any compatibility issues that might affect formatting or functionality. Here’s a little more on how OfficeSuite works on different devices.

Security: For confidential documents, be cautious about copying sensitive information like passwords or personal details. Consider alternative methods like sharing the document securely or redacting sensitive sections before copying.


When copying a word document, you want it to work on many different devices


3. Things to avoid when you make a copy of a word document

While there isn’t necessarily anything inherently risky about copying a Word document itself, there are a few things to keep in mind to avoid unintended consequences or formatting issues:

Losing formatting: When copying and pasting directly into another program, especially to a web platform, you might lose some formatting like font styles, spacing, or indentation. It’s better to use the “Paste Special” option and choose “Keep Source Formatting” or “Unformatted Text” depending on your needs.

Hidden information: Word documents can contain hidden information like comments, tracked changes, or macros. Be aware that these elements might also be copied if you’re not careful. You can use the “Inspect Document” feature to check for hidden content before copying.

Compatibility issues: If you’re copying the document to use in another program there might be compatibility issues that lead to formatting problems or loss of information. It’s always best to save the document in a compatible format like plain text or PDF if transferring to another platform. Of course, if you’re using OfficeSuite Documents, compatibility issues are far less likely to occur.

Copyright infringement: Make sure you have the necessary rights to copy and distribute the content of the Word document. If it contains copyrighted material from someone else, ensure you have permission before copying or sharing it further.


Remember to make sure you have permission to copy and share a document


4. How to copy a word document

So there’s a bunch of stuff on the ‘why’ side of things. Here’s the ‘how’

Selecting and Copying Text:

Keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl + C for copying.

Mouse options: Drag your mouse to highlight the desired text and right-click to choose “Copy.”

Using the clipboard to manage multiple copies: While Word only holds the most recent copy, the Windows clipboard can store multiple copied items. Access the clipboard history (Windows key + V) to manage and paste previous copied content.


Highlight and right-click to copy text


If you’re on Windows

File Menu: Open the “File” tab and choose “Save As.” In the “Save As” dialog, select a new filename and location to create a duplicate document.

Right-Click Options: Right-click on the document in File Explorer or your desired folder and select “Copy.” Then, navigate to the desired location, right-click, and choose “Paste” to create the duplicate.


Mac methods:

File Menu: Similar to Windows, go to the “File” menu and select “Duplicate.” This creates a copy with “(1)” appended to the original filename.

Finder Tricks: In Finder, select the document and hold down the Option key while dragging it to a new location. This creates a copy instead of moving the original.


Copying to other apps:

Paste options: When pasting into other applications, utilize the “Paste Special” option (right-click or Ctrl + Alt + V) to choose how the content is pasted (e.g., text only, formatted text, picture).

Formatting adjustments: Be prepared to adjust formatting after pasting, as it might not perfectly match the original document, especially when copying to non-Word applications.


5. Copying a document on your Android device

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Open the document: Launch the OfficeSuite app and locate the document you want to copy. You can browse through your files using the built-in File Manager or access recently opened documents from the main screen.

1. Select the text:

Entire document: Tap the three dots in the top right corner and select “Select All.”

Specific sections: Tap and hold on the beginning of the text you want to copy. Drag the selection handles to encompass the desired portion.

2. Copy the text:

Tap the “Copy” icon: You’ll find this icon on the top toolbar, usually depicted as two overlapping squares.

Long press and select “Copy”: This works the same as selecting text on any Android device. Tap and hold on the selected area until a context menu appears, then choose “Copy.”


Copying on Android couldn’t be easier


3. Paste the copied text:

Navigate to the location where you want to paste the copied text (e.g., another document, note-taking app, email). Tap and hold on the desired location, and then choose “Paste” from the pop-up menu.


4. Copy with confidence

So there you have it – several ways to copy your word document in just a few clicks or touches. Whether you’re safeguarding document versions, want to share a specific section, or just want the peace of mind of having a backup, knowing how to copy a word document can be a very handy skill to have. For more reading on working with word documents, take a look at our guides on how to convert pages to PDF and how to choose a free word processor.

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