Copy text from TextView on Android

I have a ListView where each item is a TextView.

I want to enable the long press behaviour similar to an EditText that displays the default context menu with items like “Select all”, “Cut all”, “Copy all”, etc.

Is there an easy way to enable this for a TextView?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

I think I have a solution.
Just call
registerForContextMenu(yourTextView);

and your TextView will be registered for receiving context menu events.

Then override onCreateContextMenu in your Activity:

@Override
public void onCreateContextMenu(ContextMenu menu, View v, ContextMenuInfo menuInfo) {
    //user has long pressed your TextView
    menu.add(0, v.getId(), 0, "text that you want to show in the context menu - I use simply Copy");

    //cast the received View to TextView so that you can get its text
    TextView yourTextView = (TextView) v;

    //place your TextView's text in clipboard
    ClipboardManager clipboard = (ClipboardManager) getSystemService(CLIPBOARD_SERVICE); 
    clipboard.setText(yourTextView.getText());
}

Hope this helps you and anyone else looking for a way to copy text from a TextView

Solution 2

Actually, you do not have to develop this feature by yourself. You just need to use EditText instead TextView, while you set the android:editable of EditText to false. My code is here:

R.layout.edittext.xml

<EditText xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
android:layout_width="fill_parent"
android:layout_height="40dip"
android:editable="false" 
android:background="@null"
android:textColor="#FFFFFF"/>

ListItemCopyTextActivity.java

public class ListItemCopyTextActivity extends Activity {    

@Override
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
    LinearLayout ll = new LinearLayout(this);
    ListView lv = new ListView(this);

    String[] values = new String[15];
    for (int i = 0; i < 15; i++) {
        values[i] = "ListItem NO." + i;
    }

    ArrayAdapter<String> adapter = new ArrayAdapter<String>(this,
            R.layout.edittext, values);
    lv.setAdapter(adapter);

    ll.addView(lv, LayoutParams.FILL_PARENT, LayoutParams.FILL_PARENT);

    setContentView(ll);

    }
}

You can just long click the item, and choose the select text, copy, cut, past etc.

Solution 3

To allow users to copy some or all of the TextView’s value and paste it somewhere else,

set the XML attribute {@link android.R.styleable#TextView_textIsSelectable android:textIsSelectable} to "true"

or

call {@link #setTextIsSelectable setTextIsSelectable(true)}.

Solution 4

You might want to register an onItemLongClickListener on your ListView and then based on the selected item, provide the user with whatever options you choose.

Solution 5

I have a solution, but I’m not exactly to useful.

just use this method :

txtDescDetail.setCursorVisible(true);

i hope to do it.

Solution 6

Here is the solution

 <TextView
        android:id="@+id/textID"
        android:layout_width="match_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_marginTop="10dp"
        android:clickable="true"
        android:focusable="true"
        android:text="Terms and Conditions"
        app:layout_constraintBottom_toBottomOf="parent"
        app:layout_constraintEnd_toEndOf="parent"
        app:layout_constraintHorizontal_bias="0.5"
        app:layout_constraintStart_toStartOf="parent"
        app:layout_constraintTop_toTopOf="parent" />

override setOnLongClickListener

override fun onCreate(savedInstanceState: Bundle?) {
    super.onCreate(savedInstanceState)
    setContentView(R.layout.activity_main)
    textID.setTextIsSelectable(true)
    textID. setOnLongClickListener {
       val clipboardManager = getSystemService(CLIPBOARD_SERVICE) as ClipboardManager
       val clip = ClipData.newPlainText("Copied String",  textID.text)
       clipboardManager.setPrimaryClip(clip)
       true // Or false if not consumed
   }
}

the expected behavior will be like the image below

Copy text from TextView on Android

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

All methods was sourced from stackoverflow.com or stackexchange.com, is licensed under cc by-sa 2.5, cc by-sa 3.0 and cc by-sa 4.0

Leave a Reply