iOS Hidden Tricks – Advanced Keyboarding

Not long ago, I posted a handful of iOS tips and tricks for your iPhone/iPad.

Today I have a set of fairly advanced keyboard shortcuts, from AllthingsD’s Katherine Boehret.

Tapping on a glass keyboard has its downsides, but a few shortcuts could ease the experience. Tap and hold the “Compose new message” button in Mail to automatically bring up all your saved email drafts. And rather than switching to the number keyboard and then switching back to the letter keyboard, tap and hold the “123” key, then drag it to a number to select it. When you lift your finger from the number, the letter keyboard will appear again.

When entering an email address, hold down the period key to see other address endings. Add emoticons to your keyboard by choosing Settings, General, Keyboard, International Keyboards, Add New Keyboard, Emoji. When entering a Web address in the browser, hold down the .com key to see alternate URL endings, like .org and .edu.

You can split the iPad’s on-screen keyboard in two so you can grasp the iPad with two hands and type with your thumbs. This is on by default, though you might not know it. (To check, go to Settings, General, Keyboard and Split Keyboard.) To see the split keyboard anytime you’re using the regular keyboard, spread your two thumbs from the center of the keyboard out. Or just tap and hold the keyboard icon (bottom right corner) and select Split. An Undock option also appears and this lets you move the keyboard up or down.

You can read Katherine’s entire post on AllThingsD.

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