Creator of ‘copy,’ ‘cut’ and ‘paste’ dies at 74

The man who created the computer shortcuts including “cut,” “copy” and “paste,” has died. He was 74.

"The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler. Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas," Xerox said in a tweet Wednesday.

Tesler joined Xerox in 1973 and worked on helping making computers more user-friendly including the now-ubiquitous cut, copy and paste. In 1980, he joined Apple and worked on various projects including the Macintosh.

After leaving Apple he co-founded an education software company and held executive positions at Amazon, Yahoo and the genetics-testing service 23andMe before turning to independent consulting.

Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York in 1945, and attended Stanford University, where he received a degree in mathematics in 1965.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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