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Using the iPad Copy and Paste Functions

Updated on October 21, 2012

First- Definitions

  • Clipboard- Where the copied or cut text goes.
  • Copy- Keeps the original text and puts the highlighted text on the clipboard.
  • Cut- Removes the original text and puts the highlighted text on the clipboard.
  • Paste- Puts the clipboard in the appropriate spot.

1.) Highlight the text

Hold your finger down on the beginning of the text you want to cut/copy. Once it turns blue, drag your finger to the end of where you want to cut/copy. For greater precision, drag the small blue ball to the exactend or beginning of the text.

*TIP* Not all text is able to be highlighted. For example, the descriptions of applications in the App Store aren't able to be copied. There is no way around this rule, sadly.

2.) Select cut or copy

Once you lift your finger, wait a moment. A black box with the words Cut | Copy | Paste will pop up. Select the appropriate option between "Copy" or "Cut." If you want the original text to remain in place, choose "Copy." If you want the original text to be removed, select "Paste."

*TIP* Not all text can be cut. Text that you can't edit, like web pages or uneditable documents, are only able to be copied. Notes and emails that you are going to send can be cut.

3.) Paste your text

Open the application you want to transfer the text into. Double-tap the location where you want to paste the text. Wait a few seconds, and a "Paste" box should appear. Tap this and, voilĂ , your text is pasted!

*TIP* You can paste the text multiple times. In fact, you can keep pasting it until you copy or cut something else!

I found this video which shows a visual representation on how to copy and paste.

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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So useful and thank you for sharing.