iPhone – Disable the Cut/Copy/Paste Menu on UITextField

Update @ 2012-07-11: for ios >= 5.1 canPerformAction:(SEL)action withSender:(id)sender is not working anymore. Please refer to the following post for more information
StackOverflow – How do you REALLY remove Copy from UIMenuController


If you want to disable the Cut/Copy/Paste Menu, add the following piece of code in the implementation file of the view controller which containing the UITextField

-(BOOL)canPerformAction:(SEL)action withSender:(id)sender {
	UIMenuController *menuController = [UIMenuController sharedMenuController];
	if (menuController) {
		[UIMenuController sharedMenuController].menuVisible = NO;
	return NO;


It overrides the canPerformAction:withSender method of the UIResponder class.

Done =)

Reference: How to disable Cut, Copy and paste feature

14 thoughts on “iPhone – Disable the Cut/Copy/Paste Menu on UITextField”

  1. This is not working for me!
    I just pasted your code in my project’s Registration form. (I have class RegistrationForm that subclasses UIViewController)
    On this class’ XIB, I have 4 UITextFields.
    1. Master Password UITextField
    2. Re-enter Master Password UITextField
    3. Email ID UITextField
    4. Re-enter Email ID UITextField

    Now, I don’t want users to copy or paste or select text on these text fields.

    I just pasted the above code in my implementation file – RegistrationForm.m

    But, it is not working. I am able to see the floating Copy, cut, paste menu and also perform the same actions.

    Please help me!



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