I have a .txt file on my Android phone. How can I copy it's content to the clipboard, so that I can paste it elsewhere?

When I open the .txt file and long press, I only get "Paste". That is in "DB Text Editor". I also tried installing "Simple Notepad" and opening the file with that, but I still cannot "Select All" or "Copy".

My phone is running Android 4.4.2.

  • can you paste a screenshot?
    – user186920
    Oct 30, 2016 at 13:49
  • Install color note and open the text file with it. You can then copy portion/ complete text. I have been using it earlier in KitKat
    – beeshyams
    Oct 30, 2016 at 13:55
  • clipper+ is another option. Whatever text you highlight and copy is automatically copied into this app and you can paste it. I haven't used this on KitKat thigh
    – beeshyams
    Oct 30, 2016 at 14:22
  • Even Root Explorer's built-in text editor can handle that - grab it if you also need a decent file explorer.
    – Andy Yan
    Oct 30, 2016 at 14:59
  • Or you could use hackers keyboard. Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C Oct 30, 2016 at 19:57

1 Answer 1


First double tape on a line with text, then move cursors and select the text you want to copyenter image description here

  • Yes, double-tapping on a word (not in the empty space) worked. Why have such basic things as "select all", which were obvious 25 years ago, become so convoluted? ...
    – mivk
    Nov 8, 2016 at 10:22

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