Messages: copy/paste individual words

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by Brien, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. Brien macrumors 68020

    Brien

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    It seems that I can only copy entire text messages... I could've sworn you could copy individual words in previous versions. Is there some new gesture or setting I'm unaware of that lets me copy individual words?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

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    I think this was back when copy and paste was first introduced into iOS . I don't know why you can't anymore
     
  3. beernut macrumors 6502

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    I just checked on iOS 8 (on an iPad) and the options are the same there. You get 'copy' and 'more' where 'copy' copies the whole message. The only difference is on the old iOS, the "copy | more" menu appears above the message but on iOS 10 it's on a layer at the bottom (to make room at the top of the message for those stupid little quick reply thingies)
     
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    iOS 9 is the same...copy/select entire message only for previous messages. You can select a single word in the composing field.

    Messages on a Mac can select a single word in previous messages.
     
  5. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

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    3D Touch (hard press) the word and it will select the word only.
     
  6. foxconn Suspended

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    Doesn't work in messages
     
  7. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

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    Yes it does. At least, it does on my 6s+.
     
  8. beernut macrumors 6502

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    are you jailbroken? because there's no force touch action on those messages (at least on my 6S, ios 10.0.2). only action is long press or double tap to bring up those stupid little quick replies.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Best way is basically to copy the message and paste it into the message field and then copy whatever part of the message that you might need.
     
  10. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

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    Apologies. I misread the OP. I thought they were talking about when writing a message, not a message that was already sent. My bad.
     
  11. Kjung7 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I don't know why Apple doesn't allow this. It's really inconvenient especially when you have to get the code several sites send you for activation of your account or something along those lines.
     

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