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?


I think I have a solution. Just call

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

Then override onCreateContextMenu in your Activity:

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); 

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