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Forward a Text Message

If you are a “texter,” you might wish to know how to forward a text message.

Here’s how:

Android Phones

Tap and hold the message you wish to forward. A menu will appear. Tap the “Forward” option. This will put the copied message into a new text ready for you to address and send.

Apple iPhones and iPads

Tap and hold the message you want to forward. A pop-up will appear that says “Copy” and “More.” Choose either option:

  • If you tap “Copy,” the message is stored in the phone’s memory. You can open an existing text conversation, tap and hold in the message bubble and tap “Paste.” The copied message is ready to send.
  • If you tap the “More” button, then tap the “forward” arrow on the bottom right corner of the screen. The copied message will appear in a new text window ready for you to address and send.
  • If you wish to forward a “conversation” of texts (more than one bubble), tap the “More” button and before you tap the “forward” arrow, tap the small circle (or circles) to the left of the text conversation bubbles. Then tap the “forward” arrow. Note that the forwarded conversation appears as one large outgoing message bubble, not separate bubbles.

Apple iMacs and MacBooks

If you use iMessage on your iMac or MacBook, you can forward text messages similarly: right-click (or control-click) on the message bubble you wish to forward and click “Copy” to paste into an existing conversation or “Forward” to create a new text conversation.

If you are not a “texter,” try it. You’ll be glad to hear from your grandchildren!

Water-Protect Your Phone

It’s not glamorous but it is effective.

Smartphones don’t like water and you should do everything you can to protect them from it; a Ziploc®-type bag will do the trick.

I’m not suggesting that you keep your expensive, sophisticated, designer-encased, Retina HD display smartphone in an ordinary plastic baggie all the time — or that you ever intentionally submerge your phone in water — just maybe that you protect it when you go out in the rain, play at the beach or the pool, or garden near a hose or sprinklers.

The beauty of the baggie is, well, clear; you can tap through it, read through it, talk through it, and listen through it, all while keeping the phone dry.

A downside of the baggie is its effect on pictures you take through it. Not so clear. Probably best to remove the baggie first!

Writing A Book?

I work with a number of people who are writing: murder mysteries, biographies, autobiographies, how-to books, magazine articles. I’m in awe; manuscripts are everywhere!

Perhaps you are writing (well, typing) too.

My suggestion: concentrate on typing (including correct spelling and punctuation!), not formatting.
I have seen writers preoccupied with tweaking fonts and type sizes, adjusting margins, contemplating left vs full justification, and bolding and un-bolding chapter headings. The fact is that the choices you make may not matter; they may not be up to you.

What does matter is who might be printing your manuscript when it’s finished. If you have a publisher, have contracted with a company to print your work, or are uploading your book to Amazon for sale as an eBook, check with them. They will tell you how to format your document, and then they will apply their standards to it.

Unless you are printing your book out of your printer — in which case you will need to make formatting decisions — focus on the content.

There are plenty of people who can format your work, many fewer who can write it.