Tapping and Holding Buttons and Icons on Your iPhone 5 - dummies

Tapping and Holding Buttons and Icons on Your iPhone 5

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

Part of iPhone 5 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

On your iPhone 5, 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 or image: Tap and hold any text or image to 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.

  • Any app icon in the multitasking bar (which you open by pressing the Home key twice quickly): Tap and hold one of these icons until you see an X in the corner. Then tap the X to completely close the app. This is very useful if your iPhone starts acting up and you remember you have a streaming app such as a radio program running.

  • 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.