get the latest version of vmware (vmware 4). it has this option:
Enabling Copy and Paste To and From the Virtual Machine
Note: VMware Tools must be running in the guest operating system to enable copying and pasting between the host and guest.
Check Enable copy and paste to and from virtual machine to enable copying and pasting between applications on the host and guest. Use the standard methods of copying and pasting in the host and in the guest applications (for example, Ctrl-c and Ctrl-v).