Cutting, Copying, Pasting, and Replacing on Your iPhone
Apple adds pizzazz to the usual cut, copy, and paste functions on your iPhone, and provides another helpful remedy for correcting errors: a Replace pop-up option that appears when you double-tap a word. (A Look Up option is here, too.)
Here’s how to exploit the copy-and-paste feature. Say you’re in the Notes app, jotting down ideas that you want to copy in an email message. Double-tap a word to select it, and then drag the grab points or handles to select a larger block of text, as shown here. (You can use the handles to contract selected text too.) After you’ve selected the text, tap Copy. (If you want to delete the text block, tap Cut instead.)
Now open the Mail program and start composing a message. When you decide where to insert the text you just copied, tap the cursor. Up pop commands to Select, Select All, and Paste, as shown here. Tap Paste to paste the text into the message.
Here’s the pizzazz part. If you make a mistake while you’re cutting, pasting, replacing, or typing, shake the iPhone. It gives you the option to undo the last edit or action.
Or suppose that you notice a typo in what you’ve entered. Select the word, and you’ll see the Replace option along with the other options, as shown here, top. Tap Replace and the iPhone serves up a few suggested replacement words, as shown in this image, bottom. If the word you have in mind is shown as a substitute, tap it and the iPhone automatically makes the switch.
Of course there’s a good chance that the iPhone will suggest the replacement word in the row on top of the keyboard as one of the three words it predicts you want to (or meant to) type.
If the iPhone has already flagged a suspect word by underlining it, you need not go through tapping Replace first. Instead, merely tap the word and the iPhone will provide alternatives. Say you inadvertently typed Freek. When you tap the word, the iPhone presents alternatives such as Creek, Freak, and Freed.
Meanwhile, if you want to know exactly what a word means, double-tap the word and choose the Look Up option instead. The first time you tap Look Up, you’re presented with the option to download the dictionary. Look Up also shows suggestions from iTunes and the App Store, along with movie showtimes and locations. It ties into the search capabilities of your phone, about which we have more to say shortly.