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While typing on the iPhone or iPod touch, you can take advantage of the ability to Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste text, just like you can on any Word Processor on a regular computer. This is especially useful when you need to select a longish chunk of text to either Edit, Delete, Move, or Paste into another location of your document or even into another application. For example, maybe in this document I need to change the word Sunday to Friday. There are two ways to make a selection. If you want to select a single word, double-tap the word. That highlights the word and the Copy menu appears.
You will also see Cut if you select the text you can edit. And Paste will appear if you've previously cut or copied text. I actually don't want to Cut or Copy right now, I just want to change the word. So if Sunday is selected, I'll type Friday to replace it. So this is pretty much how a regular Word Processor works. Another way to select text, and the method to use if you need to select more than one word, or if you're trying to select non-editable text like some words in your web browser, for example, is to hold on a word until you see the magnifying glass appear and then let go.
That gives you the Select and Select All menu options. Select All selects everything on the page, which is great if you just want to copy everything. I'm just going to tap outside that to deselect. Now, I'll hold on the word again, and Select just selects the word you held down on, the same way double-tapping editable text does, and you get these two handles above and below your selection. Drag the handles to select any adjoining words you want to include in your selection, then you get the Cut and Copy menu. So maybe I want to move this list into its own note. I'll choose Copy, then I'll tap Done, and I'll tap the + button to create a New Note.
To Paste text you've selected, double-tap and then tap Paste. It's that easy. You're not limited to pasting your selected text into the same app either. I could just as easily open my Mail application and paste this list into a new email message too. Just like on a regular computer, you can continue pasting the text you copied until you copy some other text, at which point the newly copied text becomes the text that will appear when you paste. That's how to Cut, Copy, and Paste on your iPhone or iPod touch.
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