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Copy and Paste on the 5800 with 5th Edition *UPDATE*!

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*UPDATE*!

Thanks to Eldar’s massive review of the 5800, I’ve learned that the 5800 and 5th Edition devices also support copy and paste in non-editable fields! Click the break after the first walkthrough to see how it works!

Like Ricky over at Symbian-Guru.com, I took it upon myself to download and install the SDK and emulator for the S60 5th Edition and have been playing with it very extensively. Following up with a video he recently posted about the various input methods for text fields, it seems a lot of people are curious as to how the copy and paste functions work on S60 without a physical pencil key. Although a bit different that what you may be used to, it’s still there and works very well with the touch interface.

First let me show you some sample text in an SMS window…

From here, you can drag your finger across the text to highlight it…

And last, if you press the options button (three horizontal lines) you will be presented with an all-too familiar menu…

Unfortunately, this same method doesn’t work for text found in websites, only for text that is editable, but hopefully we’ll see this ability availabe with updates to the firmware and browser in the future. Click the break to see how to copy and paste within non-editable fields (with the exception of the browser, of course).

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Written by Jonathan

October 9, 2008 at 9:18 pm