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Text or duplication are two meanings of copy.

1) The words, the written text for an ad, a brochure, a book, a newspaper, or a Web page is the type of copy generally used in desktop publishing.

  • Body copy refers to the main text of brochures, books, and related publications apart from headlines, subheads, pull-quotes, captions, and other bits of text.

  • News copy is the text of a newspaper article or a radio or television news broadcast.

  • Sales copy refers to the persuasive text of ads, direct mail letters, and similar materials intended to sell a product or service typically created by a copywriter.

  • 25 Types of Copy/Biz/Tech Writing describes the different types of copy (writing) produced for print and Web including copy for blogs, resumés, grants, speeches, catalogs, and white papers.

2) A reproduction or duplicate (including imitations or fakes) of an original (noun) or the act of making that duplicate (verb) is another form of copy.

  • Carbon copy originally referred to a duplicate of a handwritten or typewritten document made with carbon paper.

  • Courtesy copy or carbon copy, abbreviated as CC is the photocopy, extra printed copy, or digital copy of a letter or email sent to a group of people or to someone other than the primary recipient of the letter or email.

  • Digital copy usually refers to a duplicate of a computer file, such as the copy of a file put on a CD to share with others or a copy of your original desktop publishing application files sent to a commercial printer for printing. It can also refer to the legal or illegal method of distributing software, music, or books digitally (such as a software download, MP3s from the Web, or ebooks) rather than in a retail box, CD case, or printed book.

  • Illegal copy is any unauthorized duplicate such as an illegal (unpaid for) version of some commercial software or the unauthorized use of all or some portion of a copyright-protected work such as taking someone's published article or photograph and claiming it as your own.

  • Photocopy is a duplicate made on a copy machine, such as a Xerox Photocopier (noun) or the process of making that duplicate (verb).

  • Printed copy is the output from a desktop printer, quick printer, or printing press created from an original document or digital file and generally identical to the original.

Copy and Paste in Desktop Publishing

Copy and Paste is a software function or rather the combination of two actions. It's a form of digital copying. Copy means to highlight a portion of on-screen text (or images) and copy it to the clipboard (a temporary holding area in computer memory) then remove it from the clipboard by pasting it into another document, another software program, or some other location. Copy and Paste or Cut and Paste (copy to the clipboard and remove from the original location) are basic functions used in all desktop publishing software as well as word processing and graphics software.

CTRL + C to copy
CTRL + V to paste
CTRL + X to cut

Command-C to copy
Command-V to paste Command-X to cut

Also Known As: content | text
duplicate | photocopy | reproduction
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