How To Copy And Paste In Minecraft

Here's a simple guide that shows you how to copy and paste in Minecraft, both text messages and items (duplication).

The copy and paste commands we use while working on our computers are probably the most useful and widely used ones we know of, and needless to say, they’re equally as handy when playing Minecraft.

Whether you’re trying to copy a text message, command, or an entire construction in-game, automating all of it will save you a lot of time, and we’ll show you exactly how to do that in the guide below.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what you need to know.

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How To Copy-Paste A Text Message Or Command In Minecraft

If you want to save time by not having to write the same message all over again, using the copy-paste shortcuts in the Minecraft chat box is the way to go.

Here’s how you can do that.

  1. Press “Enter” to engage chat mode, or a different button if you’ve changed this in the options.
  2. Write a message but don’t send it.
  3. Press CTRL + A to select the entire message.
  4. Press CTRL + C to copy the selected content (message).
  5. Send the message by pressing “Enter” on your keyboard.
  6. Press “Enter” again and then CTRL + V to paste the same message, and “Enter” to send it.

You can repeat this process for as many times as you want or need, but be careful not to get banned on servers that don’t allow sending messages as often.

If you are playing by yourself, or locally with your friends, you can do this as many times as you require.

This method is not only useful for copying and pasting chat messages, though. You can use it to quickly execute commands that need to be repetitively used.

For example, Minecraft players that build large-scaled things in the game usually do it by using commands, as this saves a lot of time compared to doing it manually.

For more information on this, feel free to watch the informative video down below.

How To Duplicate (Clone) Things In Minecraft

Compared to copy-pasting a chat message, this approach is slightly more complicated, but it is worth learning as it can save you hours of game time.

In Minecraft, being able to “transfer” your magnificent creations from one location to another in just a few seconds is priceless.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Build the structure you would like to copy, or if you already have it built, move on to the next step.
  2. Find the location where you wish to place the duplicated/cloned construction. If you already know what location this is, move to the next step.
  3. Now, you need to find the coordinates that correspond to any two opposite corners of your building/construction. You can do this using the “/fill” command.
  4. Then, get the coordinates of the spot where you wish to paste your cloned structure/construction.
  5. So, now you have three different coordinates that you need to input in the chat to execute the command. Open the chat and type in the following: “/clone [first coordinates] [second coordinates] [coordinates of the destination where you wish to place your building] replace” and press “Enter” on your keyboard.

Now all of the blocks in the area that you chose will be replaced by the ones you “copied” for cloning. You can also replace the “replace” command with either “masked” or “filtered” which are both different modes that allow better control over your actions.

If this was too much to understand from just a text-based tutorial, worry not, as we prepared an informative and easy-to-follow video tutorial for you that should clear things up instantly. Find it below.

Please note that you need to have all raw materials in your inventory required to clone a structure before doing so, otherwise the command won’t work.  

Conclusion

With that said, you now know how to quickly and easily copy and paste things in Minecraft, which is very useful if you are someone who puts a lot of detail and attention into your designs and creations.

Using the commands listed above, you can save a lot of time and focus on the creative part of Minecraft building, instead of going through the repetitive task of manually building block after block.

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Bojan is a video-game developer and a tech enthusiast. Combining these two passions allow him to keep you informed on everything that's new in this fast-paced digital world.