Quick Reference

Pastes objects from the Clipboard into the current drawing.

Access Methods


 Ribbon: Home tabClipboard panelPasteNot available on the ribbon in the current workspace.
 Menu: EditPasteNot available in menus in the current workspace
 Toolbar: Standard 
 Shortcut menu: End any active commands, right-click in the drawing area, and choose Paste from Clipboard.


If the Clipboard contains ASCII text, the text is inserted as a multiline text (mtext) object using the MTEXT defaults. A spreadsheet is inserted as a table object.

All other objects, except AutoCAD LT objects, are inserted as embedded or linked (OLE) objects. You can edit these OLE objects by double-clicking them in the drawing to open the application in which they were created.

When you copy objects to the Clipboard, information is stored in all available formats. When you paste the Clipboard contents into a drawing, the format that retains the most information is used. You can also use Copy and Paste to transfer objects between drawings.

NoteYou can also use Ctrl+V to run PASTECLIP. If the cursor is in the drawing area, PASTECLIP behaves as described. If the cursor is at the Command prompt, text from the Clipboard is pasted at the current prompt.