SELECT ALL option gone in iOS 5 Mail?

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  1. patent10021 macrumors 68020

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    I'm in an email in iOS 5 and there's no "select all" option for copy and paste.

    ????????????
     
  2. imacken macrumors 65816

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    Don't know what's wrong in your case, but it certainly hasn't 'gone in iOS5'. Still there.
     
  3. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    If you are looking at a message in iOS Mail and you want to select all of the text it now only gives you two options, Dictionary and Copy. There is no Select All. That dictionary option is obviously new to iOS5.
     
  4. Thetonyk123 macrumors 68000

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    Hit the little arrow to go over on the right. Should be there I have it.
     
  5. tooobe macrumors regular

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    Funny I don't have it either. Positive I had the option with the arrow in iOS 5 betas before :/
    Did a restore from backup to GM.
     
  6. Hertzog macrumors newbie

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    Under Settings/General/Keyboard there is now a "Split Keyboard" setting. Turning that off gets you back the "select all" option (on the iPad at least).
     
  7. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks but I don't see that option on my iPhone.

    Still have no "select all" option.
     
  8. zmol macrumors newbie

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    same here

    what's weird is that by chance i had the option select all twice, taping another way, or in the blank , i don't know exactly what i did... can't reproduce it anymore...
    quite annoying...:mad:
     
  9. IcyStorm macrumors regular

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    Yeah, "Select All" is gone. Weird thing to remove.
     
  10. cbruce76 macrumors member

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    Okay, I think I figured this out.

    In a new mail message, a double tap on the screen brings up "Select Select All Paste and an arrow."

    In a received mail message, only "Copy Define" show up if you hold a finger down or double tap.

    So, Select All is not gone, just purposed in a different way.
     
  11. zmol, Oct 16, 2011
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    zmol macrumors newbie

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    What yo say is true, but...

    ... i could have the select all option in a received email, doin some kind of gesture...
    Btw it would be stupid from apple, u need access to the dictionnary when u write an email, to check the spelling or find the good word, not to understand the emails u receive... and who need to copy all of what he just wrote (and anyway u have a copy in ur sent folder)....?
    U need to copy paste mostly from mail to another app...




    Okay, I think I figured this out.

    In a new mail message, a double tap on the screen brings up "Select Select All Paste and an arrow."

    In a received mail message, only "Copy Define" show up if you hold a finger down or double tap.

    So, Select All is not gone, just purposed in a different way.[/QUOTE]



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    OKAY BOYS, i almost figured this out:
    double tap or hol, it will select a word with the copy and define options available.
    Hold when the word is highlighted and move ur finger til no word is selected (goin at the beginning of the message works well here), then release:
    select all is available...
    but, it seems to work only with a certain format of email, and even with the same mail it's not always easy to reproduce... well, so, maybe, simply havin select all by double taping ... ,)
    pffff....
     
  12. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I found a work around but this is still not like it originally was with iOS 4. This needs to be fixed because it's obviously a bug.

    Originally when you are reading an email (just reading *without replying) you were able to SELECT ALL. This is not the case now. If you want to SELECT ALL you need to actually click 'reply' to the email where it will then be in an editable state. You can then SELECT ALL.
     
  13. Lunaharpua macrumors newbie

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    It's there, it's just hard to find

    In any app in iOS5, tap and hold in any paragraph break or other white space in the center of the page until it brings up the circular magnifying window, then drag your finger to either edge of the page. This will bring up the option to cut, copy, or select all.

    It took me a week and a half to discover this trick. Thanks a bunch, Apple. Why they changed it, I have no idea.
     
  14. imacken macrumors 65816

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    Nope, doesn't do that for me in ANY app I've tried.
    For example, I'm typing this is Safari on my iPad, and just holding my finger on the screen brings up Select, Select All and Paste.
    In the email I received about your response, if I held my finger down on a white space and move to the edge, I get a word highlighted and Copy showing.
     
  15. YoYoCome macrumors newbie

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    You can still do "Select All" option easily in Notes.

    However, seems like in iOS 5 Mail, it is difficult to get the "Select All" option to show up when you are "reading" the mail.

    You can easily bring up the "Select All" option in the Mail if you are in "Reply" state though.
     
  16. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    OKAY BOYS, i almost figured this out:
    double tap or hol, it will select a word with the copy and define options available.
    Hold when the word is highlighted and move ur finger til no word is selected (goin at the beginning of the message works well here), then release:
    select all is available...
    but, it seems to work only with a certain format of email, and even with the same mail it's not always easy to reproduce... well, so, maybe, simply havin select all by double taping ... ,)
    pffff....[/QUOTE]

    Yes it seems that on certain HTML mail you can slide your finger of the left side of the screen or down and select all does appear. But will not for any plain text emails. Strange. I would think its a bug. As someone else pointed out your more like going to want to select all when reading email rather than when composing.
     
  17. ii1111, Oct 28, 2011
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    ii1111 macrumors newbie

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    Workaround for this very annoying change

    I cannot get select all back in read email using tricks above.

    Select all still appears in notes on double tap or hold but not in read email.

    You can get select all to appear in reply or forward with double tap or hold.


    I wrote a post yesterday on it with pics here


    This is very annoying because I use select all when I read my email ALL THE TIME.

    I use an app called Speak It to read long form articles to me in a wonderful British voice and I listen to these articles on my iPhone.

    I collect the articles, email them to myself where they wait patiently in my inbox to be read.

    I used to select all then copy and paste into Speak It. But NOOOOO not now.

    Speak It app is here

    I consider this one of the best apps ever and love listening to topical articles that are too long to read sitting but delightful for driving or working out.

    I stopping listening to music.

    My IQ has gone up at least 5 points from this app alone.

    :)

    cheers


    Just curious.....does anyone know if the update to the iPad did this too?
     
  18. greatcomet macrumors newbie

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    Select All

    I echo the sediment of not having "Select All" within the mail window. Reply to a message is the only option that works for me.

    Another button that would be nice is a "Speak E-mail" option instead of requiring a section. I'd be just happy for a select all though.
     
  19. Cripps macrumors regular

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    This is the one that works for me. :)
     
  20. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hi

    I'm back after a few months because I suddenly needed this feature again and couldn't get it working before.

    So it looks like many of you realized what I was talking about. I eventually sent a dev report to Apple.

    Using the method above with the white space trick seems to work HOWEVER this is very finicky and cumbersome.

    To make it clear for others this is what you do.

    1.) Select anywhere that gives you ONLY the circle magnifying glass. [if any light blue highlight appears you're doing it wrong.]

    2.) You want to release the magnifying glass without selecting anything.

    3.) That's it. The Select and Select All options will pop up.

    * NOTE This takes a couple of tries moving it around a bit but it does work.

    This needs to be fixed ASAP.
     
  21. Ashwood11 macrumors 65816

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    The OP stated he was in iOS Mail. You state you are in typing in Safari. Could be different features in two different apps.
     
  22. MaxBurn macrumors 65816

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    That is weird, didn't notice it till now.

    The tap and hold and then move around until there is no text selected then release to get select all works.
     
  23. patent10021 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, to save time, first tap on a white space [without blue highlighting showing]. That way you don't have to move around and search for a spot. Release on any other white spot and you're golden.

    I often copy 3,000 word emails since I'm translating every day. I guess others simply don't copy that often to notice or they don't need to copy ALL text. This is a pretty significant email/text bug imo though.
     
  24. Arelunde macrumors 6502a

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    It sure appears that the only way to copy an entire email is to touch/hold > select and drag the handles up and down until all is blue. Not an efficienet way to do it, but it works.

    I tried the white space thing and it didn't work for me. Always something became highlighted in blue - even the tapped white space turned blue. Oh well.
     
  25. MaxBurn macrumors 65816

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    In the statement notification email from ameriprise I tried that with it wouldn't work, I think because there was a background image so the dialog where there was no text changed to the save picture dialog. So the selecting text and moving to an area where there is no text selected gets around that but doesn't trigger the save picture dialog, I guess because you started working with text.
     

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