How to Edit Tweets

by Will Conley
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If you wrote a tweet, published it, reviewed it and, to your horror, found a glaring typo or regret the way you worded the tweet, you probably wish you could edit it. Twitter does not let you edit tweets after they have been published. Twitter does, however, let you delete individual tweets. You can salvage the offending tweet by copying, rewriting and reposting it to Twitter as a new tweet and deleting the old one. The only drawback is that the tweet will not appear in the same chronological position it was in before.

Step 1

Highlight the text of your tweet by using the mouse on your computer to drag the screen cursor across the text of the tweet.

Step 2

Copy the text to your computer clipboard. To do so, press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys if using a PC or the "Command" and "C" keys if using a Mac.

Step 3

Click the "Delete" link within the offending tweet on Twitter. Wait for the tweet to disappear.

Step 4

Paste the old tweet into the "What's happening?" box on Twitter. To do so, click inside that box, and press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys if using a PC or "Command" and "V" keys if using a Mac.

Edit the text of the tweet to your liking. Review your tweet carefully before clicking the "Tweet" button.


  • The edited tweet will appear as the latest tweet in your stream.


  • The "Command" key on a Mac is the one with the apple- or propeller-shaped icon.

Photo Credits

  • Hemera Technologies/ Images

About the Author

Will Conley's writing has appeared in print and online since 1999. Publication venues include,, National Journal, Art New England, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Daily and Will studied journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is working on four fiction and nonfiction books.

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