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While typing on your iOS device, 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 chuck of text to edit, delete, move, or paste into another location of your document, or even into another application. For example, maybe I need to change the word Sunday here to Saturday. There are two ways to make a selection. If you just want to select a single word, double-tap that word. That highlights it, and the Copy menu appears.
Now, if the keyboard were currently visible, and I can make it appear by tapping once to deselect, and then tapping again to insert a cursor, and now when I double-tap Sunday again. Notice I now also get the Cut option. You'll only see cut with text you can edit and when you have the keyboard open in most cases, but I actually don't want to cut or copy right now, I just want to change the word. So with Sunday selected, I'll type Saturday to replace it. So this is pretty much how a regular word processor works. Another way to select text, and the method you'll use if you need to select more than one word, or if you're trying to select non-editable text, like some words in a 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'll tap to deselect. And now I'll hold down on the word again. Now, 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. And then you get the Cut, Copy, and Paste menu. So maybe I want to move this entire sentence into it's own note. I'll choose Copy, I'll go back to Notes, and tap New.
To paste text that you've selected, double tap, and then tap Paste. And 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 as well. And 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. Now lastly, if at some point you make a mistake like either selecting and accidentally erasing a large chunk of text, like for example if I just hold down on Delete here, I can undo the deletion by shaking my iPhone.
That brings up the Undo Typing menu, and tapping Undo in this case brings part of my text back, but I can just shake again. Hit Undo once more to get the rest of it back. And that can be a lot faster than retyping all that text. But also be aware that iOS devices are very sensitive to shaking, so you'll probably see the Undo option more frequently if you're walking around with your phone while typing a text message or email. All it takes is for you to drop your phone to your side while moving, and you'll probably see the Undo or Redo menu. If you're texting and have just sent a message, you might also see a message that says Nothing to Undo.
But in all those cases, just tap Cancel if you didn't mean to undo or redo any typing. So, that's how Select, Cut, Copy and Paste work here in IOS 7.
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