Copy and paste has been a hallmark of the digital technology age, forever freeing us from the chains of retyping oppression. The functionality of copy and paste is different in all of its various manifestations and its upgrade on the Galaxy S II is no different. At first I was slightly confused as the copy paste interface was altered but rest assured, it’s better than ever.
Select, Copy & Paste
To copy and paste, you must first select an area of text. You can accomplish this by longpressing text content-this will prompt a blue highlight box to appear with two trapezoidal markers you can drag to select which part of the text you want. At the same time, a bar will appear at the top with the following icons:
The three main buttons allow you to select all, copy and share your selection. If you have en editable text field, you can also cut and paste the content. The share button allows you to quickly share your exceprt via a variety of apps including mail and Facebook.
Pasting & the Clipboard
Now that we have successfully copied an image to the clipboard, we can begin pasting! Simply longpress an empty input area and select “paste” to paste the latest selection, or “clipboard” to choose which copied item you would like paste.
When in the clipboard menu, you can scroll through all of the items you have stored on the clipboard; this may include pictures, which are greyed out when attempting to post into a text field. You can paste items on the clipboard by tapping them and you can delete items by long pressing them and confirming their deletion.
So there you have it, at first glance it might be a little bit difficult to recognize that the text edit toolbar has been moved to the top of the screen, but now that keeps it from blocking the text you are attempting to edit. The clipboard function is also very nice as you don’t have to worry about overiding a selection.
For more helpful hints, check out our Galaxy S II Tip Archives.