cut & paste?

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  1. Gulfsurfer

    Gulfsurfer New Member

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    I looked all over for a keyboard layout diagram to show me where I might find the ctrl and alt keys...anyone know where they are hidden or mapped to another key? I need the ctrl key especially to cut & paste in docs and messages.

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    The menu key (soft key to next to home) doubles as "ctrl"
    1. Highlight the text you want to copy
    2. Hold [Menu] + c (copy) or x (cut)
    3. Hold [Menu] + v (paste)
     
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    I have seen posts saying that the ctrl cut & paste options are gone. Useful post. Thank you!

    Is there any document, like a manual or instructions or a guide, where these secrets can be learned?

    Perspective instantiates reality.
    ( By DX w/DF app. )
     
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    Gulfsurfer New Member

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    Oh...ok, the "Android" HOME key and the "Android MENU" key...thx a bunch...works!

    How do you get the ALT function?
     
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    Awesome tip, thank you!

    Any idea how to replicate "Alt+Left" or "Alt+Right" or "Alt+Backspace" to jump to beginning or end of a line, or delete an entire line? That's been driving me nuts since going from D1 to D4. I didn't realize how often I used that until it was gone.
     
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    While not a perfect solution, a work around is simply holding down [shift] while hitting up on the arrow button. It works well for what it does.

    Also, you have [menu] + a for select all.

    Be aware that these menu tips may not work if ur using an alternative keyboard to Multi-touch. In those cases you may need to install a free app called "Keyboard Manager" which will allow you to have your favorite keyboard for portrait (SwiftKey X is my preferred) and have it automatically switch to Multi-touch when using the hardware keyboard. I've been using this app for well over a year and it's been great!

    The ease of typing and manipulating text (while maintaining 100% screen real estate) is the main reason why I choose the D4 over a keyboardless phone. It baffles my mind how people can type constructive sentences with a touchscreen phone... I seriously considered buying the MAXX but I know I would've cringed every time I had to type out a message longer than "LOL".
     
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    GENIUS! THANK YOU! While it's one extra keypress (Shift+Up, then Left, to act as a "Home" key without selecting) compared to Alt+Left, this is EXACTLY what I wanted and you just saved me a ton of time over the course of the life of this phone, and now I don't have to mess with remapping my hardware keys as this will work well enough for me.

    You and me both, my friend. I spent the last 3-4 months of my D1's life trying to get used to an on-screen keyboard so I could get a Nexus. I tried, I really did. Not only was I significantly slower, but I made way more mistakes. Even with Swype, I'm fast, but nothing like how I am on the physical keyboard. Also, I really like being able to type without looking. And the keyboard shortcuts are something I can't be without.

    Pick up phone > Slide open > Soft Search+G = Gmail. Then soft menu+C to compose a new message. So convenient...I have a shortcut for every letter key available and I couldn't imagine living without them.

    I'll be a slider guy until they refuse to make them anymore (which I hope never happens).
     
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    I should have read that this only works with the slider keyboard.
    Nice tips!
     
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    EXCELLENT TIP chefboyardee!

    OK I will admit that I know about (and regularly use) the search+key shortcuts which I will agree is very convenient for multitasking... BUT I had no idea about the Menu shortcuts working in Gmail! Now the funny thing is that I knew menu shortcuts work in other apps like Dolphin but I just never put 2+2 together and tried it in gmail LOL. So thank you for teaching me something new to enjoy about having a physical keyboard!

    BTW I too was considering the nexus but when it finally released and I went to vzw to test it out I made wayyy too many mistakes for me to commit to purchase. I seriously think there is something wrong with my fingers/brain because I just don't get how people do it.
     
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    Droid rookie checking in here. I've read the above, but still don't know how to highlight a URL or other, than copy and paste.
     
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    Yes that is correct. It does not initially bring you home, it simply selects the text one line up from where the cursor is. I do find this useful when editing text. However, if you keep pressing up you will eventually go home once you reach the top.
     
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