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Larry Tesler The Father Of Cut, Copy And Paste Has Died At Age 74


This week we say goodbye to Larry Tesler, the computer genius behind Cut, Copy, Paste and many other commands making PC user interface a whole lot more user friendly.

Mr. Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California. After graduation he specialized in user interface design. He started his career at Xerox Palo Alto Research Centre. Steve Jobs then poached him and he spent 17 years at Apple rising to chief scientist.

He then set up an education start-up before doing brief stints at Yahoo and Amazon.

His most famous innovation the Cut and Paste command was incorporated in Apple’s software on the Lisa computer in 1983, and the original Macintosh that was released the following year. His firmest belief was that computers should not be using “modes” which were common in software design at the time he was so adamant about this that he started a website called “”, his twitter handle was @nomodes and even his license plate was “no modes”.

Xerox paid tribute to him saying “The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler,” the company tweeted. “Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas”.

I know we can all agree that his work has made our lives easier and we are grateful for people like him in the software development field.