How to Cut, Copy or Paste Using an iPad

By Michael Porto

The Apple iPad is popular because it is convenient for the user in terms of size as well as performance. It has the ability to run multiple programs, just like a desktop or laptop computer, but from the comfort of a small device. If you are using programs such as Word or Excel on an iPad, it is in your best interest to learn every single shortcut to help save time. It is essential that you use tools such as cut, copy and paste when modifying documents in such programs.

Step 1

Open a document that contains text you wish to cut, copy or paste from. An email is a perfect example to start with.

Step 2

Place your finger on the screen (above the text you wish to edit) and hold it in place for a few seconds. One word of text will highlight once this is done properly. Don't worry if it won't highlight more than one word, as you will be able to change this later.

Step 3

Take your finger off the screen once the text is highlighted. You will notice that options to "Cut," "Copy" and "Paste" are all available once you do this.

Step 4

Modify the highlighted text by dragging your finger over the text.

Step 5

Press either "Cut" or "Copy." From an email, using the "Copy" command would be the most efficient way of completing this task. Use the "Cut" function if you are using Word or Excel and you wish to basically move a body of text.

Step 6

Paste the cut or copied text to a new document by pressing and holding your finger until the "Paste" button shows up. It will only take a few seconds for the button to appear.

Step 7

Press the "Paste" icon to complete the process.