Date
11 December 2018
In an iPhone with iOS 12, write a text in any type of app. Then hold down the spacebar of the keyboard. The letters on the keyboard will disappear and the screen transforms into an operation like a mouse pad (inset). Photos: Reuters, EJ Insight
In an iPhone with iOS 12, write a text in any type of app. Then hold down the spacebar of the keyboard. The letters on the keyboard will disappear and the screen transforms into an operation like a mouse pad (inset). Photos: Reuters, EJ Insight

Struggling with editing text on iPhone? Here’s a solution

Editing a large block of text on iPhone can prove easier if you follow a trick, we learn from a CNBC article.

Usually when one is writing a long text, entering a URL in a browser or typing a message in an email, the person will need to tap an area of the text and hold down to move a cursor to that part of text. This move creates a small “magnifying glass” on the screen.

There is a little more convenient and easier way, which enables a user to edit a text like you would it with a mouse.

How to do it? First, write a text in any type of app, like Notes, Microsoft Word, Gmail or WhatsApp on an iPhone. Then hold down the spacebar of the keyboard. The letters on the keyboard will disappear and the screen transforms into an operation like a mouse pad, where you can freely move your cursor around a block of text.

This feature was first available in iPhone 6S, which was the first phone that was introduced with a pressure-sensitive display technology called 3D Touch, a more sensitive version of Force Touch, according to Business Insider.

iOS 12 makes this little trick available on devices that lack 3D Touch, including previous versions of iPhones such as iPhone 5S, as well as iPhone XR. This feature is also found in iPad devices for the first time.

After a tweet by food blogger Krissy Brierre-Davis from Atlanta on Nov. 18 “unveiled” the trick on Twitter and went viral on the Internet, people have begun realizing this shortcut, with online media outlets picking up the news as well.

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