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    Default How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    Perhaps I'm completely missing this, but I can't trigger the paste text action on Ice Cream Sandwich in any reliable manner. I end up having to type a letter, then double tap around and eventually hope I get the paste option.

    Is there a link or tutorial somewhere on how copy / paste / select text is supposed to work?
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    I'm wondering this too....
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    Did they change it from the way it functioned in GB? You no longer long press a text box and select paste? If so, that's crazy!!
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    Any insight into how to copy and paste text in ICS?
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Devinator View Post
    Did they change it from the way it functioned in GB? You no longer long press a text box and select paste? If so, that's crazy!!
    Does it not function like this?
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    If you long press on a text field, a box with "paste" should pop up.
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    Quote Originally Posted by ls377 View Post
    If you long press on a text field, a box with "paste" should pop up.
    Not on my Gnex... this is incredibly annoying...
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    Wuh? That's crazy. Why would they change something so fundamental like that? I'm not doubting you guys, it's just really strange. I hope someone can post an answer.
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    On my Nexus S with ICS, the long-press on a text input field does trigger the appearance of a paste box. This is stock OTA ICS, not a custom ROM of any sorts.

    Compared to GB though the box is more muted and less in my face, so maybe it's easier to miss it? I almost didn't see it the first time.
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    personally as a sometime UX guy I think the implementation of this very fundamental set of operations is abysmal. truly crap.

    and don't even get me started on the lack of the menu and search buttons...

    sometimes I get the impression that the UX team over at Google is either asleep at the wheel or just being ignored by engineers who think they know better.
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    Select the text you want to copy and then long press on it, you will then see a header towards the top of the phone with different icons for copy, cut and something else. Then go to the field you want to paste it into and long press on it, you will then see the paste option. Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    I was looking for answer and turns out I hadn't actually copied the first time around. Made sure I copied then it worked. Gah!
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    The long press brings up the copy and paste option but if try to use
    The fields to highlight what you want to copy it doesn't work. It needs
    to be fixed its so annoying.
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    What do you mean "the fields to highlight?" Use the blue markers to select what text you want to copy, then tap the copy button at the top. When you want to paste, long press the text box and paste should appear right above where the cursor is currently position. Just tested it and it works fine on my Prime.
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    Default Re: How do I paste copied text into a blank field on ICS?

    I too had this problem, and then realized that I wasn't actually copying the text. The new text manipulation bar is a bit confusing, so those having problems should check if that's the issue.

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