When to Delete, Clear or Cut in Microsoft Word
By Allen Wyatt for Word.Tips.Net
In most books you read about Word, and even in the Word documentation, you will see the terms delete, clear, and cut, each of which refers to an action you can do with text. These words are almost interchangeable, but there are subtle differences.
Delete means to remove text or another element from your document by pressing the Del key. This is analogous to clearing.
Clear means to remove text or another element from your document without saving it in the Clipboard. This is typically done with the Del or Backspace key.
Cut means to remove text or another element from your document and save it in the Clipboard. This is accomplished by using the Ctrl+X shortcut key or by clicking the Cut tool on the Home tab of the ribbon (in the Clipboard group).
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