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Keyboard Tips

Featured Tips
  • When you're entering text into a note or e-mail message, you can end a sentence by going to the Symbol or Numeric keyboard and hitting the period. A faster way is to double tap on the spacebar. It will enter a period followed by a space....
  • When you tap on the Web address bar in Safari, a keyboard pops up to allow you to enter the Web address. You don’t have to enter the prefix (“http://” or “www.”) or the suffix (“.com”) on a Web...
  • We've mentioned before that if you hold down on a vowel in the iPhone's pop-up keyboard, you are presented with accented variations of the vowel used in other languages. You can also enter less common punctuation marks and symbols using...
  • Safari’s keyboard has a “.com” button at the bottom, making it quick and easy to enter the tail end of a Web address. Hold the “.com” button down, and a pop-up appears, making it easy to enter .net, .edu, ....
  • Undo and redo typing quickly: Shake it, baby! The new OS takes advantage of the accelerometer to let you do some quick, basic editing in any app that accepts text. Simply shake the iPhone or iPod touch to undo the text you just entered....
  • The iPad's onscreen keyboard approaches the dimensions of a full-size keyboard (in landscape orientation, at least), but the layout of the keys is not completely standard. One of the most maddening things about the default keyboard is that...
  • If you want to enter a period into a note or in any application that accepts text, the standard way to do it is to tap on the “123” icon in the lower left corner of the keyboard. This brings up the numbers, symbols, and...
  •  You can have more than one keyboard layout active on your device at any time. So, for example, an international executive who did business in the U.K. and Russia could keep an English and Russian (Cyrillic) keyboard active and switch...
  • When typing, you can move the cursor wherever you want in the text by holding your finger down on the screen until a “spyglass” appears (above). This magnifies the spot in the text where your finger is so that you can easily...
  • You can easily enter alternate versions of a letter by holding down the appropriate key and selecting the alternate from the pop up. For example, hold down on “o” and eight variations of the letter are displayed (Fig. 5). Slide...
  • When you enter a short contraction (I'm, I'd, etc.) or a longer one where there is no ambiguity (don't, aren't, etc.), don't bother entering the apostrophe. The autocorrect feature will "know" that you're trying to enter a contraction and...
  • You can set the keyboard to include a Caps Lock feature. Go to Settings >General >Keyboard and set the “Enable Caps Lock” to the On position. This will make the shift key a Caps Lock key—double-tapping it will...
  • The keyboard has a number of features built in that are designed to speed up the typing process. Typing punctuation and numbers can seem like a chore, because it appears that you have to tap the “.?123” button, then the...
  • Need to enter two or three capital letters in a row? If you’re using a standard computer keyboard or an old manual or electric typewriter you can do this by engaging the Caps Lock, typing the letters, and disengaging the Caps Lock....
  • The iPhone and iPod touch’s keyboard has a built-in dictionary that predicts what words you are about to type. Using these predictions, the keyboard readjusts the size of the “tap zones” of letters, making the ones that...
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