How to Select Text on an iPad

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The iPad's multi-touch gesture recognition feature makes it possible to select text displayed on your screen and lets you edit text you've typed. Select text from sources like Web pages, emails, MMS messages and text fields. Depending on the source of the text, you can choose to apply editing options like "Cut" and "Copy." Combined with the selection tool, editing options make it easy to adjust, modify and forward text on your iPad.

  • Navigate to the text you want to select.

  • Touch and hold the text until a magnifying glass appears on top of the text. A blinking cursor appears where your finger is positioned.

  • Drag your finger to move the blinking cursor. Lift your finger from the iPad touchscreen to set the cursor in its current position. Selection buttons appear.

  • Tap "Select All" if you want to select all the text. More option buttons appear.

  • Tap "Select" to select only the word adjacent to the blinking cursor. Drag the blue dots of the highlighted word to redefine the selection area. More option buttons appear.

  • Select the "Cut" option to delete the selected text. Select "Copy" to copy the text.

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