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Copied to clipboard: where ends the text we copy on Android



Copied to clipboard: where ends the text we copy on Android


If you have one of the most recent Android devices, you may not have read the message for some time “Copied to clipboard“. It is however very likely that on many devices, more or less current, the message in question is still on the agenda. But what does it mean? Quite simply when you select text by holding down on the screen and scrolling the appropriate cursor, if press the “Copy” key to copy the text you select is literally copying it to the clipboard. But where is it can these notes be found? Is there an application, a process, a text file where they end up or is it a completely transparent process to the user? Depends! Let’s try to do some clarity.

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But where does the copied text go?

As already mentioned, it depends on the device you are using and also on the keyboard you use. Android keeps in memory the last thing you copied (through the procedure that we illustrated earlier). It is therefore about an operation completely transparent to the user. If after copying some text you forgot to use it, Android would keep it in memory and propose it again after several times in case you find yourself using the Paste key in a text field.

Thanks to certain applications, however, it is possible to “memorize” more than one note that can be retrieved at the right time through a series of simple steps. Some smartphones then, such as branded ones Samsung, have a special section called Clipboard where all the copied text and even screenshots ends. Let’s see in the next paragraphs some more specific cases, they also analyze a couple of the most used Keyboard applications.

Gboard

Google’s Gboard is one of the most used keyboards in the Android ecosystem, partly because it is made by Google itself and therefore integrates a whole series of features that go perfectly with Android itself, partly because it is integrated into a large number of devices. The download from the Play Store is completely freeyou can download it by clicking on the badge below.

But the text copied to clipboard where it ends so? Gboard integrates a rather advanced clipboard functionality within it. There is a real section that does not just store the last text selected and copied, but all the clips that you have copied in the last hours. Let’s try to understand how to exploit it.

Select the text you want to copy from a web page, from a note or from any other app that allows you to select and copy entire words or phrases. Press the copy key and go to the text field where you want to paste that text. Pressing on the text field will show your keyboard, in this case Gboard. If you see the suggested words immediately above the keyboard, click on the “>” symbol you see on the left. This will open the menu with various icons related to additional functions of Gboard. Among these there is also a notebook icon. If you do not see it, press on the three horizontal dots that you find to the right of this bar, look for the clipboard icon and drag it to the bar. Click on the clipboard icon.

Here you find all text copied to the clipboard of the last few hours. Simply press on one of these pieces of text copied to the clipboard to paste it directly into the desired text field. If you don’t want to use the clipboard function just hold down on the text field and press the Paste key. By default, Android stores the last text you copied, allowing you to paste it where you need it.

SwiftKey

SwiftKey in the Android landscape has been around pretty much forever! It is one of the most famous alternative keyboards, so much so that it was chosen by Huawei (and not only) as the default keyboard. As such it integrates quite a bit of functionality, including one for managing the text copied to the clipboard. SwiftKey is free to download, just click on the badge below to download it.

Where does the text copied to the clipboard go? when using SwiftKey? It is very simple in this case too. Select the text you want to copy from a note, web page or any other application that allows you to select and copy entire words or phrases. Then go to any text field (be it Google Keep, a notes app, the Google search bar) and press it to bring up SwitftKey, or the keyboard.

If above the keyboard you only see the bar with suggestions (where there are words suggested for quick typing), press the + key located to the right of this bar. Immediately above it will appear the bar with the additional SwiftKey features. Among these there is a clipboard icon, press it. Will appear instead of the keyboard the clipboard interface where you will find not only the latest piece of copied text, but all the clips copied in the last hours. Simply press on one of the clipboard to paste it into the desired text field. Also in this case, if you do not want to use the clipboard function, simply copy a text, hold down in the text field where you want to paste it and press the Paste key. The smartphone will paste the last piece of text you copied.

Huawei

All (or almost) the latest generation Huawei smartphones, or in any case dating back to the last 2 years, use the aforementioned SwiftKey, one of the historical keyboards of the Android ecosystem, as a basic keyboard. And it certainly couldn’t not have a clipboard section where to store the copied text! As already explained in the SwiftKey paragraph, the basic step is as usual to select the text by holding down on the screen and dragging to select the phrase and then press the Copy key.

The copied text is automatically stored in the SwiftKey clipboard. How do you access it? Pretty simple! Go to the text field where you want to paste the last copied segment (or one copied previously) in order to display the keyboard. In the SwiftKey interface, top left, you should have the + key, press it. This will display the icons relating to the additional features. Among these there is one in the shape of notepad, press it. This way you will open the clipboard interface where you will find the latest copied texts. Just press on one of the stored clips to make it appear in the text field.

Xiaomi

All (or almost) Xiaomi of the latest generation, or in any case dating back to the last 2 years, use the aforementioned Gboard from Google as a basic keyboard. As already explained, Gboard integrates a clipboard feature that stores all the latest pieces of text that you have copied. How does it work? Again it is very simple.

Select some text you have written or found somewhere, press Copy and now go to the text field where you want to paste that text. By holding down you can select Paste to actually paste it into the text field, but if you need some other previously selected piece of text you have to open the Clipboard section. We have already explained how: when the keyboard is open, press the Google G button on the left and look for the clipboard icon in the shape of a block of text. If there is not, there are two reasons:

Samsung

The keyboard used by Samsung devices has a very convenient clipboard feature that stores not only the copied text, but also the latest screenshots you have taken. Leaving aside the screenshots, each time you press and hold on some text you will see the Copy option and sometimes even the Clipboard. Regardless of which of the two you press, the copied text will automatically be stored in the clipboard. But cHow do you retrieve the text copied to the clipboard?

Go to a text field so that the Samsung keyboard opens. Immediately above the characters and numbers you will notice a bar with various icons for quick access to additional features. If you don’t see this bar it is because you have activated (or it is on by default) the text hint. In this case, press the button located to the left of this bar (a T with two concentric arrows) and access this bar. On this bar you should find a notebook icon (as you see in the screenshots). Also in this case, if you do not find it, press on the three dots to the right of this bar, look for the icon Notes and drag it to the quick selection bar. Pressing the notebook icon will open the section at the bottom Notes, where you will find all copied text and screenshots. Simply press on one of these tabs to paste the text into the desired text field. Simple, isn’t it?

Other Android smartphones

Of course, there are not only Samsung, Xiaomi and Huawei-branded Android smartphones. Google smartphones use Gboard, therefore what was said in the dedicated paragraph applies. Indeed, on many other smartphones you may always find Gboard or SwiftKey. In case your smartphone (which is a Sonya HTCa OPPOa LG or a Wiko) use a proprietary keyboard, however, refer to what has been said in the other paragraphs. If the custom keyboard that these devices have has the clipboard functionality you will find it very similar. Otherwise the copied text is stored and can be reused in another text field as well as any other Android smartphone.