anyone having probs with copy/paste in iOS 5? I have an iPad 1

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    Hi all. New to the forums. Hope someone can suggest something. I regularly copy from browser text (Safari, usually, but I've tried about 6 other browser apps) and paste the material into notes for myself and also mail text to others. Now since upgrading, I can't get copy from any browser to paste into anything. Anyone else getting this? Any ideas? Thanks.
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    Are you able to copy and paste from other apps - say to and from documents in a word processing app?

    Tim
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    I updated my original iPad to iOS 5 on the 12th. I just tried and I'm able to copy text from Safari webpages and paste it into my Notes, Pages and Mail apps. So it appears to be working for me at least.

    You might want to try restarting or resetting your iPad. Hold down the power switch (outside edge) by itself until the red slider appears. Turn it off by sliding the switch and then once again hold down the power switch until the Apple logo appears.

    Resetting the iPad should be reserved for a non-responsive unit as it addresses other activity but if restarting doesn't do it, resetting it might. Hold down the power switch and home button until the slider appears on the screen and shut it down. Hold down the power switch again until the Apple logo appears. Fully booting up from a reset will take a little longer than a restart.

    More here:

    iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: Turning off and on (restarting) and resetting

    Let us know if that helps. Others may have some more suggestions as well.
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    Thanks for the replies, Tim and Rich. I did the resets as you suggested, Rich, and went back and tried some copies. Most worked from documents I have in Dropbox, and interestingly, it seems that some areas of browser text in some sites I could formerly copy no longer seem to copy to the (do you call it a clipboard here?), yet others do. It is not Safari-specific, as I also use Skyfire, Atomic, and a few others as some of those can emulate (to some degree) IE and Firefox. I'm not sure I want to try re-restoring iOS5 from the full backup file, as it took forever the first time and 99.999999% of everything works just fine. Perhaps it is just some sort of issue with the coding in iOS5 that is different from 4 as to how it is interpreting certain types of browser coding... Or the site codings themselves (real HTML vs. generated code from some after-market program).
    I'd be interested to hear whether others have similar issues or variants thereof. Thanks again, guys. I see I've come to the right place to find help.
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    I wonder if some of the things you're trying to copy are not actually text but graphics. That's fairly common on websites. For instance, on this page although the the "iPad 2" looks like text, it's a graphic, but the text underneath it is actually text. Just a thought.
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    Having similar / related issues. Relating to the copy selection area.
    Have re-set as suggested above.
    I know this was possible pre-IOS5. I admit it was a bit fiddly before, but it was do-able.
    Can someone try this on IOS5 & < IOS5 so I can check this is not just me and my fingers.

    Summary
    iPad2 IOS5. Can use copy in Safari to copy 1 line max. Cannot drag the grab handles so can select all the text on the page. Selection always shrinks back to the single line.
    I have also confirmed same behavior on an iPad1 for what it's worth.

    (First post here so can't embed the links and images correctly - please replace 1st space with a . in the following url's)

    Example URL for copy source:
    (I know this is not html but it is a fair representation of what I'm normally copying out of the browser)
    www openwebmail.org/openwebmail/doc/faq.txt

    Result
    (where the selection shrinks back to the first line on the page after using the grab handles)
    i1177 photobucket.com/albums/x352/waxingdigital/copy-all-ios5-safari.png

    Any help appreciated

    S
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    Okay, I see what you mean now. Something has definitely changed with copy/paste and it appears to depend on how the website is built.

    Prior to iOS 5 you could tap and hold any word and drag the left or right handles any direction. Now I find I have to tap and hold the last word I want to copy and drag the left handle up to the first word I want to copy. Again, that works on some but not all websites.

    On the openwebmail site I can get the top sentence highlighted by tapping and holding the last word in the sentence and then dragging the left handle to the first word, but it won't expand down, etc. I can only highlight one word at a time in the numbered list.

    On other websites I can tap and hold a word, then drag the left handle up to capture the rest of the paragraph. When I let go and a box is highlighted, I can grab the top or bottom handles to drag the highlighted area up or down, OR I can grab the right or left handles to drag the box across the page and highlight more area. Again, that doesn't work on all websites.

    It appears to be the same whether I use Safari or iCab Mobile and again, how the website is constructed.

    I've searched the various support sites and blogs but cannot find any references to this change yet. I'll keep looking as it is frustrating to say the least!

    Thanks very much for bringing it to our attention and please update us if you find out anything more!
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    Same problem with quirks!

    I have a simple html text box that I'm writing in, but i've discovered that I can sometimes (e.g. when i leave the page and return to it) write and paste into it only after I dismiss the keyboard and then reselect the text box. What's frustrating is that if I don't this, nothing that I type is captured in the textbox. Also, Now I cannot seem to be able to paste anything into the box anymore. Argh!
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    This whole copy/paste issue seems worthy of a bug report. Here's a link to Apple's iPad Feedback page. You could file a "complaint" (perhaps just copy/paste your post?!). If enough folks do that it might get their attention.

    Apple - iPad - Feedback

    Here's what I sent using the "Bug Report" from the "Feedback Type" drop-down menu (feel free to use/modify it as needed for your experience):

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    Welcome to the forum! There are a lot of great people here willing to lend a hand anytime. Often using the Advanced Search box (at the top of every page) will lead you to the answers you're looking for. If not, feel free to post a question in the appropriate area.

    Please take a moment to view the information here to get the most out of your iPad as well as our forum:


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    I had "trouble" with the copy and paste thing... I discovered that as Wax4 states, the copy always shrinks back to single line. I know now though, that because of the multi gesture feature, if any part of my hand, or nail, or a hair, touches the keyboard, it thinks I have tapped it again. So being careful with one finger works well.
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    Good suggestion, you do have to be careful with what you touch. However I'm trying it on an original iPad (no multitasking gestures) and it's still problematic. Something has changed, but it's not consistent enough that I can narrow down what it is exactly that's causing this.
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    Thanks for the confirmation, Rich. Have submitted feedback on apple iPad feedback URL you suggested.

    S
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    Copy/Past on ios5

    I have exactly same problem on iPhone 4S with iOs5 !
    I used to copy parts of test from bank online site ( text with numbers inside of board).
    What i usually have to copy is to past on email.
    Until iOS5 it was working without any problem.
    Since ios5, on the website under Safari, i'm still able to copy by pressing finger on the board i wish to select but when i switch to my email to past, it past the old copy (not the Last one from my banking website ). It looks like the copy is not working !

    Here is a link od iPhone/iPad application where a same kind of issue was found.

    I will appreciate if somebody find a quick solution.
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    I don't think anyone here is going to find a quick solution, but you can certainly let Apple know about this bug on your iPhone...

    Apple - iPhone - Feedback

    Welcome to the forum by the way. Click on the links below my signature for more information, rules and how to get the most out of your iPad (if you have one). We also have an iPhone forum that you might be interested in...

    http://www.iphoneforums.net/
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    Hi folks. New to the forum. I have also been having problems with copy and paste. Specifically with trying to copy HTML code within a box. For example, trying to copy and paste affiliate ad copy from Amazon, Google Adsense, or Linkshare. One of the Linkshare affiliates is Apple itself. I can copy and paste a text link, but widget builder and rss generator does not work. I am trying to paste to Wordpress by the way but I don't believe Wordpress is the problem. I tried to copy from the HTML code to notes or a pages document but no go. I was in contact with an Apple rep through Linkshare regarding this and he said they could not replicate the issue. I sent a bug report via the link provided in this thread, thanks by the way, but have had no reply.
    When I bring up the code to copy I tap and the box will darken but no magnifier comes up. Sometimes it will along with the cut/copy/paste bar but nothing happens. Other times it may highlight one word but I am unable to move the bars. It seems very random.
    For some reason plain text ads seem to do ok. I can copy/paste a text ad from the iTunes affiliate but nothing with an image in it.
    In Amazon I am able to build a widget, add to it, or build a store banner, but I can't copy and paste a link to specific page.
    Google simply stopped working. I can't seem to get any ad code to copy.
    All this started with the iOS 5 update. I hope Apple is aware of the issue and the new 5.0.1 coming out will address it.
    Any other copy/paste application, notes, pages, numbers, etc. seems to work fine. Only with this HTML stuff. Tried different browsers, etc. nothing seems to work. Using a computer is not an option as all I use is the iPad. If anyone has a solution we would like to hear about it. Thanks.
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    Welcome to the forum! There are a lot of great people here willing to lend a hand anytime. Often using the Search box (at the top-left of every page) will lead you to the answers you're looking for. If not, feel free to post a question in the appropriate area.

    Please take a moment to view the information here to get the most out of your iPad as well as our forum:

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    Yes, the copy/paste issue is still, well, an issue. It seems to be website, even web page specific. I haven't seen anything about it in the iOS 5.0.1 update that's due to be released in a few weeks, but we'll keep our fingers crossed. In the meantime you could join us in sending your feedback directly to Apple (you could probably cut and paste most of your well-written post!)...

    Apple iPad Feedback

    Welcome again and enjoy!
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    I have found that the iFiles app for the iPad v1.9.2 has an embedded browser that still does (copy and paste selection wise) what safari used to do in ios4.

    It's more of a faff than Safari in ios4, but it enables me to do what I need - until such a time as safari or the other browsers are altered. To be clear the issue above is not present in this app, but is still reproducible in safari.

    No response from my apple feedback request.
    Given the volume of submissions that must be made I'm not surprised.

    So, there's no way I'm updating iFiles from v1.9.2 for a while then!

    s
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    I have somewhat similar issue with ios 5 on iPad 2. Unable to copy/paste on URL in landscape position with home button on the right. The other position portrait and landscape with home button on left works when I want to Copy/paste URL. Browsing on safari after a certain period of time the site will crash, keyboard slides in and out repeatly, bookmark come in and out cursor jumps around search engine to URL etc. unable to control website and only way was to switch off as it is not responding to any of my tapping on the screen. After resetting, it was working for a few days and some bugs must have triggered the safari website to go crazy again. After switching off, site will be stable again. Hope apple can resolve this issue.
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    FWIW...Now updated to iOS 5.0.1. Still have the same copy and paste issues. Maybe the next one will fix it.

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