In the second issue of our newsletter, back in August of 2007, a main article was about Cut, Copy, Paste. That article was talking about computers:
- Cut – select the text or object you want to remove and use Ctrl-X (or right-click and select ‘Cut’)
- Copy – select the text you want to duplicate and use Ctrl-C (or right-click and select ‘Copy’)
- Paste – position your cursor where you want the cut or copied text to appear and use Ctrl-V (or right-click and select ‘Paste’)
Copy and Paste with Smartphones
Now people want to know how to copy and paste with their smartphones! There is no way to hold down a ctrl (or cmd) key, and you can’t right-click, so what do you do? The key is to long-press. If you touch the screen somewhere on the text you want to copy and keep holding down, you will see some type of markers pop up. Those markers can be dragged into place so that they highlight from beginning to end of the text you want to copy. Now take a look around, either directly above the selected text (iOS) or at the top of the screen (Android) you should see options to Cut or Copy. Tap on Copy. Then move to whatever the location where you want to paste and, once again, Long-Press at the spot where you want to paste. An option for Paste should pop up.
We also have tutorial videos that go into a bit more detail and show you exactly how to do this.
- 12. Using Cut, Copy and Paste (Geeks on Tour Membership required)
- Copy and Paste with your Smartphone (takes you to a What Does This Button Do? Episode 59, when the quick tip was copy/paste – about 4 minutes)
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