How to Use the Spacebar to Select & Edit Text on iPhone

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iPhones used to have a feature called 3D Touch which allowed you to use your keyboard as a trackpad in most Apple apps. 3D Touch became obsolete when iOS 12 launched. Now, you can now use your keyboard as a trackpad but by simply holding the spacebar on your iPhone. Here’s how to select text on your iPhone with the spacebar for editing.

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How to Move Cursor on Keyboard with Spacebar

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  1. Type in any area that you can, such as your Notes app, a URL bar, or a text message.

  2. Press and hold one finger on the spacebar.

  3. The keyboard will turn light gray. Swipe finger across the spacebar to move the cursor until you have it at the desired place in the text area.

  4. Let go of the spacebar to place your cursor and continue typing.

How to Quickly Select Text with Spacebar

Now that you know how to move the cursor by using the spacebar, let's say you want to copy or paste text. With the help of the spacebar, you can highlight the text that you want to copy or paste. 

  1. Press and hold the spacebar until keyboard turns light gray.

  2. While holding the spacebar, lightly tap the keyboard to make to make the handles appear on insertion point.

  3. Swipe your finger across the keyboard to select the text that you want.

  4. Lift up your finger when finished. Then, tap the selection to bring up the editing options menu.

Now you can use your iPhone's spacebar to move your cursor and quickly select and edit text! If this tip tickled your fancy, you may also be interested to learn another easy way to edit text on iPhone by dragging and dropping the cursor.

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