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android – Select + copy text in a TextView?

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

Is there a way to allow the user to select / copy text in a TextView? I need the same functionality of EditText where you can long-press the control and get the popup options of select all / copy, but I need the control to look like a TextView.

Tried a few things like making an EditText use the editable=”none” option or inputType=”none”, but those still retain the framed background of an EditText, which I don’t want,

Thanks

——- Update ———————-

This is 99% there, all I’d want is for the selection hilight to be visible (the orange stuff). Other than that it’s good, could live with this though:

<EditText 
  android:layout_width="fill_parent"
  android:layout_height="wrap_content"
  android:editable="false"
  style="?android:attr/textViewStyle"
  android:textColor="@color/white"
  android:textAppearance="@android:style/TextAppearance.Medium"
  android:cursorVisible="false"
  android:background="@null" />

I guess it’s being caused because of cursorVisible=”false” but without that the cursor is present even without any selection being made.

How to&Answers:

android:textIsSelectable works (at least in ICS – I haven’t yet checked in earlier versions)

<TextView
    android:id="@+id/deviceIdTV"
    android:layout_width="wrap_content"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:textIsSelectable="true"
    android:text="" />

Answer:

Text View needs to be enabled, focusable, longClickable and textIsSelectable

<TextView
    android:layout_width="wrap_content"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:text=""
    android:id="@+id/pwTextView"
    android:enabled="true"
    android:textIsSelectable="true"
    android:focusable="true"
    android:longClickable="true" />

Answer:

I think I have a better 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

Answer:

textview1.setTextIsSelectable(true);

This will enable user to select and copy text on long clicking or as we do usually

Answer:

I’m trying to implement the same, and your question helped me to set my editext layout correctly. So Thanks! 🙂

Then I realized, that the highlight will actually be visible if the cursor is on.
But I just like you do not want to see a cursor before long clicking on the text, so I hide the cursor in the layout.xml file just like you, and added an eventlistener for long click and display the cursor only when a selection starts.

So add the listener in your Activity in the onCreate section:

public TextView htmltextview;

public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
    super.onCreate(savedInstanceState);
    setContentView(R.layout.main);

    ...

    htmltextview.setOnLongClickListener(new OnLongClickListener(){

        public boolean onLongClick(View v) {
            htmltextview.setCursorVisible(true);
            return false;
        }
    });

}

And voilá, no cursor at the beginning, and if you long-click, the cursor appears with the selection boundaries.

I hope I could help.

Cheers,
fm

Answer:

I was also trying to do something similar but still needed a custom approach with manipulation of highlighting of text in TextView. I triggered highlight and copying on LongClick action.

This is how I managed using SpannableString:

SpannableString highlightString = new SpannableString(textView.getText());
highlightString.setSpan(new BackgroundColorSpan(ContextCompat.getColor(getActivity(), R.color.gray))
            , 0, textView.getText().length(), Spanned.SPAN_INCLUSIVE_INCLUSIVE);
textView.setText(highlightString);
copyToClipboard(urlToShare);

and the copy function:

public void copyToClipboard(String copyText) {
    ClipboardManager clipboard = (ClipboardManager) getActivity().getSystemService(Context.CLIPBOARD_SERVICE);
    ClipData clip = ClipData.newPlainText("url", copyText);
    clipboard.setPrimaryClip(clip);
    Toast toast = Toast.makeText(getActivity(), "Link is copied", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT);
    toast.show();
}

I hope it’s helpful for someone who ends up on this question 🙂

Answer:

Using Kotlin Programmatically

button.setTextIsSelectable(true)

Or, add a Kotlin property extension

var TextView.selectable
    get() = isTextSelectable
    set(value) = setTextIsSelectable(value)

Then call

textview.selectable = true
// or
if (textview.selectable) { ...

Using Xml

Add this to your <TextView>

android:textIsSelectable="true"

NOTE: All of these require android:enabled="true" and android:focusable="true", which are the default values for a TextView.

Answer:

Just use this simple library:
GitHub: Selectable TextView