Is it possible to select (and copy after that of course) any text on web page using fingers and touchscreen?

I found only one opportunity - double tap selects single word under tap point. But I need to select more that one word!

IE10 works nice with selection, but Chrome do not? Google had missed that point?

Using Chrome 24.0.1312.57, Windows 8 Pro x86, touchscreen with two points.

  • In Win8, are you using the Desktop or Metro version of Chrome? (Are you using Win7 with a touchscreen too?) – Karan Feb 7 '13 at 23:54
  • Using Desktop version. Metro sucks - it does not even starts in my tablet (1024x600). No Win7 ATM, but I think this does not matter. – Maximus Feb 8 '13 at 6:29
  • I asked about Win7 because you added the tag. As for Metro, you don't have the minimum resolution required (1024x768, 1366x768 for snapping Metro apps). – Karan Feb 8 '13 at 6:35

Try this idea from List of Touchscreen + Google Chrome Problems :

  1. click on the start of the text that you want to select
  2. press & hold the shift key
  3. click the end of the text that you want to select
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    Accepted. However, it is no need in "double click". 1. Click on start point; 2. hold shift; 3. click on end point. – Maximus Feb 9 '13 at 12:02
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    Weird! Keyboard required for text selection on tablet-pc! – Maximus Feb 9 '13 at 12:03
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    I fixed the answer. This keyboard method exists since (I think) Windows 95. It's Chrome's fault if it doesn't have a better one. – harrymc Feb 9 '13 at 14:16
  • +1 because this is the only method, but really disappointed with the Chrome experience on a Win8 tablet, so different from the flawless Android version. – gpasci Aug 10 '14 at 0:39

For Chrome: long press a location on your screen in you will get a selection highlight with two little dots or flags at either end of the text you have selected. Drag these with your finger until everything you want is selected. Long press again for the operations you want to perform

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  • True for the latest Chrome version. – Maximus Feb 1 '15 at 18:49

Hold CTRL + long tap on world will select it

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Have tried to copy and paste the way you would on Chrome for android?

Long hold touch until 2 brackets appear, then spread the bracket to encompass the selection.

I don't have a touch device with windows so this is just a guess.

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    Miss. On Windows platform - long tap (hold touch) is equivalent to RightClick. That is long tap immediately shows page context menu (Back, Reload, SaveAs, ...) – Maximus Feb 7 '13 at 15:03

This works on a windows 8 touchscreen laptop in Chrome.

Tap twice: highlight 1 word.
Tap three times: highlight row.
Tap twice, pause, tap once on highlighted word: drag out beginning and end of highlights.

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