Copying text, looking up information, and sharing

Copying text, looking up information, and sharing

In apps such as the web browser and Mail, you can select text and choose what you want to do with it.

Selecting text

  1. Press and hold on a word.
  2. Drag the start and end markers to highlight the surrounding text you want to select.
Tip: To select text in a link, press and hold the link, and then tap Copy link URL.

Copying and pasting text

  1. After you have selected the text you want to copy, tap .

    The selected text is then copied to the clipboard.

  2. In a text entry field (for example while composing a message), press and hold at the point where you want to paste the text.
  3. Tap Paste.

Searching or translating text

  1. After you have selected the text you want to search for or translate, tap .
  2. Tap one of the following tabs:

    Google Search

    Look for related information using Google Search, based on the text that you selected.

    Wikipedia

    Look for related information on Wikipedia, based on the text that you selected.

    Google Translate

    Translate the text to another language.

    Google Dictionary

    Look up the selected text in the dictionary.

Pasting text in a new message or social network status update

  1. After you have selected the text you want to share, tap .
  2. Choose whether to paste the selected text in a new text, multimedia, or email message or in your status update on a social network such as Twitter.
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