Tapping and Holding Buttons and Icons on Your iPhone

Part of the iPhone All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

On your iPhone, if you want to open an app, fill in a text field, or choose a command such as Print or Message, you tap the appropriate icon, field, or button. The tap and hold gesture opens another world of commands on your iPhone:

  • Text: Tap and hold to open the magnifying loupe and insert the cursor precisely where you want to edit your text.

  • Text or image: Tap and hold to select text or image, and when you lift your finger, see the Select/Select All/Cut/Copy/Paste bar. Tap one of those tabs to perform that function.

  • 123 key: Tap this key, slide your finger to the numeric digit or punctuation you want, and then let go. The number or punctuation is inserted in your text and the keyboard returns to letters.

  • Any icon on the Home screen: Tap and hold these icons until they begin to wiggle and jiggle. Then tap the X in the corner to delete the app from your iPhone or tap and drag them to a new position.

  • Links in Safari: Tap and hold a link on a web page in Safari and then tap Add to Reading List to add the linked page to your Reading List without opening the link. Alternatively, tap Open in New Page to open the linked page in a new tab, or tap Copy or Save Image to perform those actions.

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