Resolved Is this new: Double Tap to select range?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Baumi, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. Baumi, Oct 14, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2011

    Baumi macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2005
    I just noticed that the text selection tool changes if you double tap and hold instead of just tapping once. It'll change shape and allow me to select a range of text starting from the word I originally tapped onto. (See screenshot.) Tried it in both Mail and Safari – Safari was a little bit more fickle about it than Mail; you had to wait until the magnifying glass appeared before tapping again.

    Is this new to iOS 5, or did I just never notice it before?

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  2. rcp27 macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    I'm pretty sure it' done this since copy and paste came in with iOS 4.
  3. Andru1313 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2008
    New feature is you can select a word and you can open a dictionary now selection shows up as Define..
  4. Baumi thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2005
    Thanks – so it's just me being ignorant about my phone's features. There goes my geek cred... :eek:
  5. Acronym macrumors 68000

    Apr 26, 2008
    don't worry people have "missed out" on far worse things myself included.
  6. Baumi thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2005
    It currently only seems to work for English, though. :( The interface is translated into German, but the option only shows up when selecting English words. I hope they'll add more languages in an update.

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