Saturday, March 14, 2015

Five Quick and Easy Iphone/IPad Keyboard Tips

IOS has many hidden Keyboard tricks that will make you more productive. Here are a few that you may not know. If you have already mastered these, pass them on to other users.

  1. When you're typing web address, just hold down the "." at the bottom of your keyboard, and a menu will pop up showing a list of web suffixes (.com, .net, .edu, etc.).
  2. Hidden beneath the characters of the iOS keyboard you will find a plethora of letters and symbols only available with a Long-Press. For example Long-Pressing the forward slash key reveals a back slash, while Long-Pressing the numeral 0 lets you insert a degree symbol.
  3. If you type a certain phrase or sentence frequently, you can set a shortcut for it, which when you type, gets automatically expanded to the full thing. Instead of typing "I will call you later" you type iwc. You can make up as many as you want. Setting shortcuts is simple. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Shortcuts and you should see a few shortcuts already added. To add more, tap on the "+" icon on the top right. In the phrase field, type the expanded text, and type the shortcut in the field below.
  4. Quickly start a new sentence. The IOS keyboard lets you add a period and start a new sentence by simply double-tapping the space bar. This feature is normally enabled by default. If not, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > "." Shortcut and turn the feature on.
  5. You can also type characters with accent marks. For example - å or á or ã. Just Long-Press the letter you want and the possible accents will appear. Slide your finger to the appropriate choice and release.