Can't copy/paste non-adjacent text

Discussion in 'macOS' started by darnocs, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. darnocs, Nov 9, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011

    darnocs macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2009
    In most other word editing apps, one can select text from different parts of the document and paste it. For example:

    The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, and as a result, the sheep was eaten by the fox. The dog was punished for his foolishness.

    In TextEdit, you could select "The quick brown fox" and then, whilst holding down CMD, you could also select "punished for his foolishness." You could then press CMD + C and copy those phrases, so when you pasted the text, it would come out as "The quick brown fox punished for his foolishness."

    In iWork Pages, however, this doesn't work (it also doesn't work in Safari). Any ideas as to how to get this to work?
  2. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Hmm. feature I never noticed.

    Works in MS Word, but strangely enough not in MS Entourage.
  3. Zerozal macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2009
    Looks like it's application-specific. I just tried it in Word 2011 and it works perfectly. I suggest you send Apple your feedback and let them know you'd like to see this functionality in Pages:
  4. cgemme macrumors newbie


    Jan 7, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I just tried it and it works when I do it. What exactly happens when you do that?

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