How to copy text from webpages

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Meister, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    The title sums it up.

    Sometimes the text marks up - Sometimes it doesn't.

    Sometimes it lets me mark individual words - Sometimes only blocks of text.

    Sometimes "copy" shows - sometimes it doesn't.

    This happens on my iPads, too and really hampers the productivity of these devices for me.

    How do you do it?
  2. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    It's a crap shoot at best.

    Zooming in/out to different levels helps. If "copy" etc. doesn't show up, tap one of the handles on the edge of the selected text; it should reappear.

    I know nothing about web coding or browser programming, but I do know selecting text is the #1 most aggravating part of Safari for me.
  3. RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012

    Couldn't agree more.
  4. Meister thread starter Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    It's not just safari.

    This is a problem with all browsers.
    Probably because they're all based on the safari webkit.

    It's a huge problem that makes iOS devices impossible to use for me as laptop replacements. :mad:
  5. RedOrchestra, Jun 8, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2016

    RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012
    I have a 9.7 iPP but haven't yet purchased an Apple Pencil - I've wondered if the Pencil would/could make copying easier i.e. more exacting?
  6. Meister thread starter Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    I don't see how.

    This is a real issue that's actually getting worse!

    A very expensive device that can't properly copy some text from a webpage. WTF apple!
  7. Field3 macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2014
    It sucks, in safari anyway. Getting the pencil to highlight a word is the hard part. Expanding the highlight is the best part.
    Just tried a rubber capacitive tip on the pencil lightning connector and it works much better.
  8. RedOrchestra Suspended

    Aug 13, 2012

    Thanks for that.
  9. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    I'm not a web developer, but I'm pretty sure this has to do with how the page itself is coded. Some "text" on websites is actually an image, or a form, script, etc. It could also possibly be due to being in a mobile view. Have you tried forcing desktop view first?

    Do you have a specific link I can try? One trick that works occasionally is zooming in on the text, then selecting.

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