How to Drag and Drop Text Between Apps on the iPad

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iOS 11 introduced handy new drag and drop features on the iPad, that let you drag photos, files, links, and more between apps. What you might not know, though, is that drag and drop also works for blocks of text.

    Instead of copying and pasting text on the iPad, you can select a block of text and then drag it right into another app using the drag and drop features.

    Here's how:
    1. Select a line or paragraph of text, making sure it's highlighted.
    2. Hold a finger on the highlighted text until it pops off the page.
    3. Drag the resulting text bubble into a new app.
    In apps like Messages, where you can't highlight text, all you need to do is hold down and drag, skipping the selection step.

    In addition to moving text between apps, drag and drop is also useful for copying and rearranging blocks of texts within a single app, like Notes or Pages.

    You can also use this drag and drop feature with text on the iPhone, but only within the same app, rather than between two apps. The procedure on the iPhone is the same: simply select text and then hold down until it pops up into a little bubble that can be moved elsewhere within the app.

    Article Link: How to Drag and Drop Text Between Apps on the iPad
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Just a suggestion/feedback.

    Wouldn't it be wiser/better to have these How to..... articles in a separate tab/section at the top of the main page.
  3. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    Yes, like a separate tab just for tutorials. Definitely would be great.
  4. BasicGreatGuy, Feb 14, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018

    BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Nice feature. I had forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder.
  5. tex210 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2003
    Seem to have trouble selecting text that I want. Have to use another finger for scrolling when it’s a large amount of text. I’m sure I’m missing something.
  6. jeevestobs macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2008
    You can visit this link to access their previous tutorials:
  7. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
  8. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    Unfortunately I don't see a way to hide them from the "relevant" iOS/Mac Blog tabs which i think is the other side of the same coin.
  9. Shaun, UK Suspended

    Shaun, UK

    Mar 23, 2006
    I wish Apple would highlight these new features in an Apple Tutorial App. I probably don’t use 90% of the features on my iPad because I simply don’t know about them.
  10. DeepIn2U, Feb 14, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2018

    DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I was JUST going to suggest something like this after seeing sooo many how to videos about the HomePod.

    These HowTo’s are not Apple news as news and business actions and related info should be on the front page articles. These informative step by step instructional videos should be on sidebar.

    Corrected typo: JUDT to JUST.
  11. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    That should not happen, it's an opinion and as long as we stay within the boundaries of what we can say it should not be deleted, mine was just feedback, MR can do with it what they want.
    I don't mind a few How to ... articles but last week MR went over the top, this is my opinion though.
  12. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Yes, I second that. They still can be released on the front page though, but a dedicated directory afterwards for crawling this information would be the ideal solution from my point of view.
  13. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    They should be in a tab on the main page, but that's just my opinion.

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