how to select text using a bluetooth keyboard

iOS and iPadOS
Hi all, I own both an iphone 4s and an Ipad 2, and I was wonder if their is a shortcut like in windows to select text using my bluetooth keyboard. I know I can do it on the screen, but it is verry comfusing. Any help? Thanks.



Submitted by Richard Wells on Monday, August 27, 2012

In my experience, there are quite a few things you can't do with the keyboard that you have to do on the touch screen. Moving apps around and creating folders are just two examples I can think of. In my view, we should be able to do anything with a qwerty or braille keyboard that we can do on the touch screen. I will be interested to see if it is possible to select text with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Submitted by Signaltonoise on Monday, August 27, 2012

It is possible to select text on the apple bt keyboard or any other external bt keyboard for that matter. You'd hit the option key while moving right or left to select by word and option shift up arrow to select by line. alternatively you can hit cmd+A to select all the text and cmd+C to copy cmd+V to cut and cmd+P to paste. hope this helps, Aaron L

I don't know how to do it, but I think it involves the command key on the keyboard. This is Apple's name for the Windows key, I believe, though I could be mistaken. I'm not the best person to answer this question. I'm sure a Google search for something like "cutting and pasting in iOS with a bluetooth keyboard" will help. And if you don't know where your command/option/control keys are, a quick trip to the "Practice VoiceOver gestures" wihn your keyboard is pared to your device should solve that problem. Thanks, Shersey