Copy and paste

You can copy just about any kind of text on your phone and paste it almost anywhere you can type.

There are two ways to copy text: by highlighting the text or by using the menu option. You can paste text you've copied as many times as you'd like.

If you have a Windows Phone that doesn't yet have copy and paste on it, you can get it by updating your phone software. Connect your phone to your computer using the cable, then follow the instructions in the Zune software. See How do I update my phone software? for more info.

To highlight the text to copy it

You can highlight 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've typed it, including text messages you're writing, Calendar appointments you're editing, a contact card, and your comments on Facebook.

  1. Tap a word.

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

    Copying text by highlighting it
  3. Tap CopyCopy 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 PastePaste icon.

To use the menu to copy text

Use the menu to copy text just about anywhere you can't highlight, 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 using the menu
  2. Tap Copy.

  3. Tap where you want to paste the text.

  4. In the text suggestion bar above the keyboard, tap PastePaste icon.


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 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 to copy and paste something.

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

  3. Tap the text suggestion bar to bring the Paste icon back up.

    Paste icon in text suggestion bar above keyboard
  4. Tap PastePaste icon.


  • When you copy text with special formatting (like bold, italic, lists) or images, only the text will appear when you paste it, not the formatting or images.
  • Copying and pasting works only for languages that use a Latin alphabet.
  • If you want to copy a picture (from a webpage, for example), tap and hold that picture. You can then either choose to share it through email or a text message, or save it to your phone. For more info, see Save or delete a picture or video.

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