Posted by: glasskeys | 04/02/2011

The easy way to select and copy web page text on the iPad & iPhone.

(To view a larger image with a more detailed description tap or click a thumbnail.)

The following quick tip and shots above illustrate the easy way to copy and paste text from a web page.

In the example screens shown above I used Safari to open the BBC tech section to try and copy only the text from a small portion of the page. This action selected not only the text, but added a thumbnail image and other unwanted elements. By zooming in to the paragraph of text on the web page using the pinch technique, selecting text becomes a much easier exercise enabling surgeon-like precision. Generally I tap and hold on a single word until the blue handles appear, then position the handles over the text I need, and lastly tap the Copy button.


  1. For some reason I could not select one word on this web page, although I can on other pages.

    • Dass,

      I didn’t do anything special to this post — honest!

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