The cut, copy, and paste options don’t cross your mind too often, despite the fact that you use your iPhone and iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12 daily. And you work with texts. You read all kinds of texts. And you share them with your friends. But it’s only when you want to save a particular fragment or to send that fragment to someone, instead of the entire text or its link, you realize the importance of knowing how to use these basic text editing features.
They’re not new, so, if you don’t know how to cut, copy or paste on Apple devices running in iOS 11/iOS 12, you probably didn’t know it on the previous iOS versions either. But you are about to find out and, for your information, the instructions work the same. Even if you’ll ever switch to working on an older operating system, you should recall the following steps and know exactly what to do.
Now sit comfy and read on. The following details are not just for the plain cut/copy & paste, but also for searching the Internet with the search magnifying glass.
Instructions on how to edit texts in iOS 11/iOS 12:
- First, you have to select the text you’re interested in editing;
- To do so, you have to long press on one of its words;
- When you do so, you will only select a small sequence;
- To extend the selection, you have the two blue tabs that frame the selected word;
- Drag and drop each tab until you highlight the entire text;
- You’ll notice a menu bar sitting at the top of the selected fragment;
- Options like Select All, Cut, Copy, Paste are listed in there;
- Tap the one you need and the command has been registered;
- Now head to the window where you want to add the selection;
- Long press on it;
- A new menu will show up, this time only with the Paste option;
- Use the Paste button and the text will appear.
One thing that will make a difference depending on the active window is whether you are browsing the web in iOS 11/iOS 12 or not. If you do, you’ll also get this option of sharing the selected text through a dedicated iOS share button. Just as notable, there will be a search magnifying glass available for a quick Google Search.
That’s all, for now. Basically, you need to focus on selecting the right text. Because the editing options will show up by default. Now, you can also act the other way around – you select the entire text, copy it, and edit the sentences you want to remove with the Cut menu. Easy, on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12, or on any other Apple device!