While typing on the iPhone or iPad , 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 the longest trunk of text to either, edit, delete, move or paste in to another location of your document or even into another application. For example, maybe I need to change the word Sunday to Friday. There are two ways to make a selection. If you just want to select the single word, double tap the word. That highlights the word and the Copy Menu appears. Now if the keyboard were currently invisible and I can make it appear by tapping once to insert a cursor, when I double tap Sunday again, notice I now get the Cut option.
You'll only see cut with text you can edit and when you have the keyboard opened 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 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 to a word until you see the magnifying 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 de-select. Now, hold on the word again. 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. Now I'll tap the + button to create a New Note. The paste text you've selected, double tap and then tap Paste.
It's just that easy and you're not limited to pasting or 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, 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 a text that will appear when you paste. Lastly, if at some point you make a mistake like selecting and accidentally erasing a large chunk of text, for instance, if I select all the text here and hit Delete, I can give my phone a shake, which gives me the Undo typing button, and tapping that brings my text back.
Now you can use this either to bring back text you just deleted or to remove text you just typed. So for example, if I add another line of text here and I give my phone a shake, I can tap Undo Typing to delete that text and that's a lot faster than selecting the text to delete it or holding down the Delete key for several seconds. Now, shaking again, gives me the Redo Typing button, which will bring the text back. So, there's no multiple undo's like you might find in some in some Word Processing Programs.
But also be aware that the iPhone and iPad 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 an email. All it takes for you to drop your phone to your side while moving, and you'll probably see the Undo or Redo Menu. Now if you're texting and if you have just sent a text message, you might get 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.
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