How To Copy Text Into & From Webpages Using Opera Mini 5

Opera today released Opera 5 Mini beta, the latest upgrade to its hugely successful web browser based on J2ME. The update brings many new features such as multiple windows/tabs, a speed dial, optimizations for touch devices and a password manager amongst other things. But the thing I am most excited about is the ability to copy text from a webpage. This functionality exists however, on first look it will appear as if you cannot copy the text out of the Opera Mini application or into it.

Fortunately, I have found a small work around that allows you to copy URL’s etc into the application as well as copy text out of it. More than anything, this makes Opera Mini 5 the best way to copy text from a webpage on a Symbian device. Read on for instructions.

How To Copy Text From The Web Using Opera Mini 5

(Hit Menu and then Settings)

How To Copy Text From The Web Using Opera Mini 5

(Goto Advanced and turn ‘Inline Editing’ off)

How To Copy Text From The Web Using Opera Mini 5

(Next simply open the webpage you want to copy text from. Long press the d-pad to bring up this menu)

How To Copy Text From The Web Using Opera Mini 5

(Hit ‘start’ to copy and ‘use’ when you have selected the text you need)

How To Copy Text From The Web Using Opera Mini 5

(Now, select ‘Search With…’)

How To Copy Text From The Web Using Opera Mini 5

(You will have ‘Google’ and ‘Wikipedia’ popup, now press the ‘up’ button on the d-pad such that both options disappear and then click into the box)

How To Copy Text From The Web Using Opera Mini 5

(You will see such a box appear)

How To Copy Text From The Web Using Opera Mini 5

(Now simply select and copy text as you normally would)

How To Copy Text From The Web Using Opera Mini 5

(Lastly, paste it into the notes application or wherever you like)

That’s it! Copying text from the web on a Symbian device is now as easy and it will be! Enjoy. Get Opera Mini 5 here.

13 thoughts on “How To Copy Text Into & From Webpages Using Opera Mini 5”

  1. You don’t have to turn inline editing off and then long-press the D-pad. Just press 1. This replaces these two steps you described 🙂

  2. Inline editing must be indeed turned off or you won’t get to the Symbian editor in order to copy the text. Pressing 1 just replaces long pressing the D-pad.

    By the way: Opera Mini SHOULD do all this behind the scenes in order to get true copy/paste abilities. The process described here is useful but very cumbersome.

  3. Excellent writeup, however, I am confused as to how to edit one of my start page ‘shortcuts’. Anyone have an idea?

  4. Very good info . This help me a lot .
    Now i am able to open the links in new tab also by holding d pad (centre key) . It simply shows option open link in new tab .
    This is really superb . Opera mini rocks
    Once again thank you so much for the info.

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  5. Doesn’t work on my N97. Did all steps as described but when I come to this enter text screen, marking the whole text is the only thing I can do. No way to copy the selected text…

  6. Does anyone know of a way to select text on a touch-screen 5th Edition without a keyboard such as the Samsung i8910?

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