Larry Tesler, the inventor of cutting, copying and pasting on a computer, died at the age of 74. The founder of the so-called copy-paste invented the act in the seventies when he worked for the research department of Xerox.

The cut and copy operation places the selected text on the clipboard, a location invisible to the user where the text can still be used. With the paste function the characters are placed in a text editor.

The commands made it easy to process texts. The commands became popular on keyboards with the combinations Ctrl-X (cut), Ctrl-C (copy) and Ctrl-V (paste). On Mac, the same letters were used with the Cmd button.

After his time at Xerox, Tesler worked at Apple and Yahoo, where he also focused on how users can easily interact with computers. The last years of his life he advised companies in this area.