How to Make the Magnify Glass Pop Up on the iPad

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Although the iPad has a large screen, it can sometimes be difficult to place the insertion cursor where you want to add or delete some text. If you're composing a long email that spans multiple lines, you'll find out that choosing where to place the cursor to correct a typo is more difficult than you think. This is why the Magnifying Glass feature is so useful. All you have to do is activate the magnifying glass and slide through the text until you find the word where you want to place the insertion point or make a correction.

  • Locate the portion of text that you wish to delete or edit.

  • Press and hold on the iPad screen over the place where you want the magnifying glass to appear to summon it.

  • Slide your finger around the screen, while still holding the finger on the screen, to reposition the magnifying glass. Words are highlighted as you scroll through your text, so you can easily choose the place you want to edit the text.

  • Remove your finger from the iPad screen when you want the magnifying glass to disappear. The word you chose remains highlighted and you can delete or correct it or add additional text.

Tips & Warnings

  • You must be in an application that allows you to select text to use the magnifying glass; you can use the feature in apps such as Notes and Mail and on any Web page.
  • Information in this article applies iOS 6.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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