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Copying and pasting

You can copy just about any kind of text on your Windows Phone and paste it almost anywhere you can type, saving yourself time and headaches. Copy an address from an email message and paste it as your destination in maps. Copy a recipe from the web and paste it into a text message to a friend. Copy a paragraph from a Word doc in Office Mobile and paste it into an email to your boss.

There are two ways to copy text: by highlighting the text or by using the menu option. Once you've copied some text, you can navigate around your phone and paste it whenever you're ready, and you can paste the text you've copied as many times as you like.

Tip

You can also copy and paste text you've scanned with Bing vision on your phone. To learn how, see Scanning codes and text.

To highlight text and copy it

In addition to highlighting text in a web browser, in Office documents and in the body of email you've received, you can also highlight and copy text from anywhere you're typing – including text messages you're writing, calendar appointments you're editing, contact cards and your comments on Facebook.

  1. Tap a word in the text you want to copy.

  2. Drag the circles at each end of the highlighted text to include the first and last words you want to copy.

    Copying text on Windows Phone
  3. Tap Copy Copy icon.

  4. Open the file, app or message where you want to paste the text.

  5. Tap where you want to paste the text.

  6. In the text suggestion bar above the keyboard, tap Paste Paste icon.

To use the menu to copy text

Use the menu to copy text from just about anywhere you can't highlight it, including text messages you've sent or received, headings of email messages, maps, links in the browser, local search results, info already in a contact card and the People Hub.

  1. Tap and hold the text you want to copy until the menu appears.

    Copying text on Windows Phone
  2. Tap Copy.

  3. Open the file, app or message where you want to paste the text.

  4. Tap where you want to paste the text.

  5. In the text suggestion bar above the keyboard, tap Paste Paste icon.

Note

When you use the menu to copy text, you can only copy the entire block of text. You can't choose individual parts. For example, when you copy text from a text message, you'll copy all the text, rather than parts of the message.

To paste the same copied text more than once

You can paste text as many times as you want until you copy something else, or until the phone goes to sleep (that is, when the screen goes dark after you haven't used your phone for a while).

  1. Follow the instructions above to copy and paste some text.

  2. Tap where you want to paste the text again.

  3. Tap Paste Paste icon. (You may need to swipe over the text suggestion bar to bring the icon out.)

    Paste icon in text suggestion bar above keyboard

Notes

  • When you copy text with images or special formatting (like bold, italic, lists etc.), only the text will appear when you paste it, not the images or formatting.
  • If you want to copy a picture (from a web page, for example), tap and hold the picture. From there, you can share it in an email or text message, or save it to your phone.

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