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How to Cut, Copy & Paste on Your iPhone

You love your iPhone and you can't live without it, but it's lacked the basic ability to cut, copy, and paste across multiple apps. With Apple's OS 3.0 upgrade, you can do it all with just a few taps.


  • Step 1: Get OS 3.0 If you've got a first generation or 3G iPhone, download the free OS 3.0 upgrade. If you've got an iPhone 3G S, the latest operating system comes preloaded.
  • TIP: You can download OS 3.0 for your iPod Touch as well, but it'll cost you $9.95.
  • Step 2: Double-tap your selection In an e-mail, text message, or note, double-tap the word you want to select. Then drag the ends of your highlighted box to include any other words.
  • Step 3: Tap "Copy" or "Cut" Tap "Copy" or "Cut" in the bubble over your selection.
  • Step 4: Tap the cursor and select "Paste" In a new message or note, tap the cursor to bring up the "Select," "Select All," and "Paste" commands. Tap "Paste," and your selection appears instantly.
  • Step 5: On a site, tap and hold If you're on a web site, tap and hold a block of text to select it. If you want to copy more text or a photo, just drag the selection box to include it. For less text, shrink the box. You can paste the entire formatted selection into an e-mail message or other application.
  • Step 6: Shake to undo If you make a mistake, shake the iPhone to undo it.
  • FACT: Two-thirds of all mobile internet browsing is done on an iPhone or iPod Touch.

You Will Need

  • An Apple iPhone
  • iPhone OS 3.0
  • Your finger

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