This is the 4th article in my “How To Android” series, and I would love to hear your comments on all the other tips & tricks that I have written about the Android OS. Do check them out and let me know what you think can be improved or added upon.
Most of you might already be pros in operating your super-easy Android smartphones, and yet I am writing about the basic feature of copying and pasting on your android. Do keep in mind that there is always someone who is just switched over to an Android or purchased their first Android device, and this article is to help and guide such new users of Android.
So for all you pros out there, I would really love to hear from you of any specific topic that you would want me to write about in my next article in the series.
The copy and paste feature in Android is one of the well kept hidden functionality in the Android devices. Yet, it is the most powerful feature out there, and am sure once you get used to it, you can find a million uses of the same.
The very first step is to select the text that you would like to “Copy“. Suppose you are on a browser, and you would like to copy a piece of an article and send it to your friend, how would you do that?
All you need to do is, just press and hold your finger anywhere on the text, until you see the text highlighted in blue with two small tabs at both ends. (See screen image below).
You can actually hold any of the tabs and drag it around until you have the entire text you need to be copied, highlighted in blue.
Once the text is highlighted, you will need to use one of the four icons available up top, which is better seen in the screenshot below:
The first one from the left is for “Select All”, and as you have probably guessed once you press this button, it ignores your highlighted text, and selects the entire text in your browser or your current window.
The second icon is the “Copy” button and you will press that icon if you want to copy only the selected text.
The third one is for “Share“, and it opens up all the various apps that you have for sharing with friends and public. If you opt to share by messaging for example, the highlighted text will be copied over to your message body and all you need to do is select anyone from your contacts list to share with.
The last one to the extreme right is the google search button, tapping which you can actually “Google” the selected text!!! I find this feature amazing, when I have to look up for a meaning or maybe even find an address on the Google Map. It comes in very handy, believe me.
So, assuming that you have selected the ‘Copy’ button, now it is time to see how to “paste” the copied text onto another app on your device. All that you need to do is go to the app(maybe your messaging, whatsapp, memo etc) and press and hold your finger where you would like to paste. You will then see the option pop up with two options.
The first one is the ‘Paste‘ what you have already copied previously and the second one says ‘Clipboard” which is another interesting little feature that you have.
Once you tap on the Clipboard option, your keypad at the bottom disappears and the Clipboard menu pops up. Here you can scroll down and see all the text/images that you have ever copied on your device. You can pick and choose the one you want to paste as your need goes. You can also see there is a “clear” button to clear all the copied stuff on your clipboard.
Over To You:
Have you had a chance to read the “How To Shazam on Android” article? What did you think about that? Do you have any other painful areas working and using on your Android device? Do share it with me, and I can promise you that I will try to find an easy way out for you.
Category: How To Android
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Praveen Rajarao is a Software Tech Lead and in his spare time blogs on his website – http://www.dailymorningcoffee.com and http://www.techivy.com. His topics range from blogging to technology to affiliate programs and making money online and how-to guides.
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