SALE: Save 50% on all my books and bundles >>

How to disable undo, redo, copy, and paste gestures using editingInteractionConfiguration

Swift version: 5.1

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

iOS provides built-in gestures for undo, redo, copy, and paste in text views, triggered using a variety of three-finger moves – swiping left and right, or pinching in or out respectively. If you have existing gestures that collide with these, you can disable the system gestures by overriding the editingInteractionConfiguration property to return .none.

For example, if you have a UITextView as a property inside a UIViewController and you wanted to disable three-finger gesture support inside that view controller, you would override editingInteractionConfiguration like this:

override var editingInteractionConfiguration: UIEditingInteractionConfiguration {
    return .none

This property exists on UIResponder, which means you can override it at a number of other levels if you prefer.

Hacking with Swift is sponsored by RevenueCat

SPONSORED Building in-app subscriptions are hard. RevenueCat makes it simple. With their open source SDKs, you can painlessly implement subscriptions for your app in hours, not months.

Explore the docs to learn more

Sponsor Hacking with Swift and reach the world's largest Swift community!

Snapthread is a casual video editor and slideshow maker that makes discovering, compiling and sharing your favorite memories effortless.

Available from iOS 13.0

Similar solutions…

About the Swift Knowledge Base

This is part of the Swift Knowledge Base, a free, searchable collection of solutions for common iOS questions.

Buy Pro Swift Buy Swift Design Patterns Buy Testing Swift Buy Hacking with iOS Buy Swift Coding Challenges Buy Swift on Sundays Volume One Buy Server-Side Swift (Vapor Edition) Buy Advanced iOS Volume One Buy Advanced iOS Volume Two Buy Advanced iOS Volume Three Buy Hacking with watchOS Buy Hacking with tvOS Buy Hacking with macOS Buy Dive Into SpriteKit Buy Swift in Sixty Seconds Buy Objective-C for Swift Developers Buy Server-Side Swift (Kitura Edition) Buy Beyond Code

Was this page useful? Let us know!

Average rating: 5.0/5