iPhone/iPad context menu

Im talking about the menu that shows up when you select a block of text it gives you the option to cut/paste/copy. I figured out how to add one more option to the menu, but if I add two or more options it will say “more” first. clicking it will show all the options I added. But is there a way to show all the options I added upfront? without the “more” menu item?

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    You need to use a UIMenuController. If you don’t want Copy/Paste/Cut, you’ll include something like this in your canPerformAction: method:

    - (BOOL)canPerformAction:(SEL)action withSender:(id)sender {
         if(action == @selector(someSelector:))
             return YES;
             return NO;

    Creating a new menu item looks like this:

    UIMenuItem *someAction = [[UIMenuItem alloc]initWithTitle:@"Something" action:@selector(doSomething:)];
    UIMenuController *menu = [UIMenuController sharedMenuController];
    menu.menuItems = [NSArray arrayWithObject:someAction];
    [menu update];

    I assume your talking about UIMenuController. If you don’t want to see Copy/Paste/Cut/Delete/Select/SelectAll you will need to add the following code to your UITextField‘s or UITextView‘s delegate:

    - (BOOL)canPerformAction: (SEL)action withSender: (id)sender {
        BOOL answer = NO;
        if (action == @selector(item1)) {
            answer = YES;
        if (action == @selector(item2)) {
            answer = YES;
        return answer;

    Where item1 and item2 are the names of the objects in UIMenuController.menuItems.

    In my experience if you are using a UITextView the Copy, Paste, Cut and Select All menu items will remain, in this case add the following code to a subclass of UITextView.

    - (BOOL) canPerformAction:(SEL)action withSender:(id)sender {
        if (action == @selector(cut:) || action == @selector(copy:) || action == @selector(paste:) || action == @selector(selectAll:)) {
                return YES;