The copy, cut, paste, and select functions in Android have many nuances. In this how-to, we’ll focus on the essential method. In theory, this method will be available in any app or document throughout Android. At the very least, it will be available wherever editable text is present.
You should note that the implementation of text manipulation was not uniform when Android launched. This how-to assumes that you are using the latest version of Android and that your apps are all up-to-date. In older versions of the OS, this functionality may be missing in certain scenarios.
Note that the developers implement the shortcuts, which mirror those found on all Windows operating systems, on a per app basis along with all other text manipulation functionality. Therefore, it is possible to encounter an app that does not support them.
• Select – Shift + arrows or Shift + trackball
• Select All – Menu + a
• Copy – Menu + c
• Cut – Menu + x
• Paste – Menu + v
• Undo – Menu + z
In most cases, you simply press and hold, and then select more, and then press Select Text. This will select all text in the current field. For finer control, hold Shift, and then use the arrow keys or the trackball to select the text. The Select All shortcut, for those using a hardware or virtual keyboard, is Menu + a.
Simply releasing the press will copy all currently highlighted text to the clipboard. In scenarios where this does not apply, press Menu or simply long press the screen, and then select Copy All. The Menu + c shortcut is available via the keyboard.
With the text highlighted, press and hold, and then select Cut All. The menu shortcut is Menu + x.
Give focus to the text area (press it) where you want to paste the text. You can paste across apps. Press and hold, and then select Paste. The menu shortcut is Menu + v.