Select and Edit Text

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Learning Activity

In apps on your iPad, you can use the onscreen keyboard to select and edit text in text fields. You can also use an external keyboard, Apple Pencil, or your finger.


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Select and edit text

  1. To select text, do any of the following:

    • Select a word: Double-tap with one finger.

    • Select a paragraph: Triple-tap with one finger.

    • Select a line, sentence, or text block: Touch and hold the first word in the block, then drag to the last word. To select more precisely, drag slowly.

  2. After selecting the text you want to revise, you can type, or tap the selection to see editing options:

    • CutTap Cut or pinch closed with three fingers two times.

    • Copy: Tap Copy or pinch closed with three fingers.

    • Paste: Tap Paste or pinch open with three fingers.

    • Replace: View suggested replacement text, or have Siri suggest alternative text.

    • B/I/U: Format the selected text.

    • the Show More button View more options.

      A sample email message with some of the text selected. Above the selection are the Cut, Copy, Paste, and Replace buttons. The selected text is highlighted with handles at either end.

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