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13 iPhone Keyboard Tips


Hi this is Gary with MacMost.com. Today let’s take a look at some iPhone typing
tricks. MacMost is brought to you thanks to a great
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Campaign. Join us and get exclusive content. So a lot of us use our iPhones all day long
and we’re usually typing on that little virtual keyboard. There are some handy tricks that you should
know to make typing easier. The key to getting to a lot of special functions
for the iPhone keyboard is using the icon at the bottom left corner of the screen. It looks like a little smiley face. If you tap and hold that for a fraction of
a second you get a menu. At the top of the menu you have Quick Access
to Keyboard Settings. Now you can also go into the Settings app,
in General, and then go to Keyboard there. But this is quicker. Underneath that we’ve got a list of all the
keyboards you have. Now by default you’re going to have the keyboard
for the main language for your iPhone. So in this case English US and also the Emoji
keyboard. But you can have more here. The way to get more is to go into Keyboard
Settings and then you can see at the top it says Keyboards. I have two. I tap on that you can see English and Emoji. You can add a new keyboard and you can see
a whole list of different ones. Most of these are for different languages. But also notice that there is one there under
third party keyboards. So when you install an app an app can include
a special keyboard. In this case the Goggle app includes the Gboard
keyboard which is a Goggle keyboard. But there are a lot of other apps, if you
search in the App Store, that include keyboards as well. Just search for Keyboards or Special Keyboards. Lots of different things come up. At the bottom of this menu you’ll notice there
are icons and the middle one is selected. The one on the left and the one on the right
are one-handed keyboards. Now you only see these on the iPhone if you’re
in vertical mode. But if you choose one you can see it puts
the whole keyboard over to that side and you can easily switch to the other side as well. You also have that little arrow there. You can tap that to go back to the full size
keyboard. It makes it a little easier to type especially
on the larger screen iPhones with just your thumb as your holding your phone with one
hand. Now a lot of the things I’m going to show
you are in settings in Keyboard Settings. You can see I’ve got them all turned on. But if something isn’t working for you you
may want to look to see if you’ve turned that off. You can see one option there is Smart Punctuation. So the deal with Smart Punctuation is it does
two things. One is it will make quotes Curly Quotes to
surround the text that you’re typing. So if I were to type a quote there you can
see it starts it curling in the one direction and then if I type the quote again it curls
around in the other direction. So it automatically does that. There isn’t a separate key for those two types
of quotes. It does that depending upon if there is a
character on the left or a character on the right. Another thing that Smart Punctuation does
is if you type the dash twice it won’t actually put two dashes there. It will convert that to a long dash. Now in Settings there’s also a setting at
the bottom for Period Shortcut. If you have that on what happens is when you
finish typing a sentence if you press the spacebar twice instead of two spaces you get
a period and a space. So you can see there how it automatically
added a period. I didn’t have to actually go to punctuation
at the end of the sentence. Now if you want to use some another punctuation,
like a comma, you have to tap the little 123 key there. Then you see the punctuation and you can say
use that. Then tap the ABC key to go back. But you don’t actually have to do that. You can do it with a quick slide movement. So I can just tap and hold 123 key, slide
over to the comma, release, and you can see it automatically goes back to the regular
keyboard. So tap, slide, and release can take the place
of switching keyboards, hitting the punctuation, and switching keyboards back. Now there are more characters that you can
type than what you can see on the various keyboards. Of course you have the main keyboard here,
you can go to the Number keyboard there, and then you have the special character keyboard
by pressing that key there. There’s even more than that because you can
tap and hold some characters and get a list of alternatives. For instance if I tap and some letters like
the a key it will bring up a list of alternatives. A lot of accent marks and things like that. I could easily select one. It works for some keys but not others. Here, of course, if works for the o key. I can slide over and select one. But it won’t work for say the g key because
there are no alternative there. The same is true for some punctuation. So I can go into the Punctuation keyboard
here and I can tap and hold the question mark and you can see I get two options there. Some of the other keys do it as well. Now the same thing is true of emoji at times. So if I go to the Emoji keyboard here I can
see all these different ones. Sometimes if you tap and hold emoji you get
alternatives. Usually this has to do with skin tone. So if I go to some of these characters here
I can tap and hold and you can see I get different skin tones that I can then select. Now this is one of my favorite tips. It can sometimes be difficult to find an emoji. There’s so many different ones. On the Mac the emoji panel allows you to search
for different emoji which is so handy. But you can’t do that here. There’s no search field. However, you can search by simply typing what
you want. So, for instance, if I were to type a word
like say pie you can see it comes up with a suggestion there for pie. I can tap that and it replaces the word with
the emoji. Also if you wanted to keep the word and use
the emoji you can do that as well. So you type a word. When you see one of the suggestions come up
hit the spacebar first. The suggestions stay there and then you can
tap one of those. Now you have the word and the emoji. It works for a lot of different emoji characters. It helps if you know the actual name of the
emoji. But usually you can get it with a few guesses. So I can do things like mad. I can do things like sad. I can do things like smile. Now you have to have the Predictive keyboard
turned on. So under keyboard settings make sure you have
Predictive on else you won’t see those predictions there at the top and can’t use this. So one of my favorite features on the Mac
is using text replacements. You can do it here in iOS as well. At the top of the Settings you’ve got Text
Replacement and you have all of these different words that you can use that will then get
replaced by something else. You can easily add one. Say you respond to an email with some text
commonly saying I’ll get back to your later or something. You could put that as Get Back Later and then
have that phrase, get back later, get replaced with several sentences explaining how you’ll
get back later and how they can get in touch with somebody else if they need immediate
assistance, that kind of thing. Now a very new feature of iOS 13 is the ability
to slide type. So you can see that here in keyboard settings. It’s called Slide to Type and there’s also
a setting for Delete Slide-to-Type by Word. So the way to use that is to just use it. You don’t have to switch to a special keyboard
like you may have done before to Slide to Type. You can do this now with the default keyboard
on the iPhone. So you can just basically tap the first letter,
slide around to the various letters, and it will then type the word. You don’t have to type a space or anything. You just go right into doing the next word
like that. Now that other settings effects how the Delete
key works because since I have it turned on if I delete now it deletes the entire word
which is useful because a lot of times when you’re using Slide to Type it’s the word that
is wrong and you just want to do it again. Now if you try to slide using the spacebar
you get something very different. You get basically a trackpad. If I tap and hold the spacebar you see how
all the keys go away. But now I have a cursor and I can move it
around. It makes it so easy to place the text insertion
cursor wherever you want. One last tip for the keyboard is not to use
the keyboard at all. We’ve been using that little smiling emoji
there at the bottom of the left corner a lot. But there’s the one at the bottom right corner
as well and tapping that allows you to do some quick dictation. Hello world. So you can use this. It’s super handy for replying to messages
or anytime that you can talk a little bit easier than
you can type.

9 Replies to “13 iPhone Keyboard Tips”

  • I am so aggravated. Everything worked fine with my iPhone keyboard Until I updated to 13 point and up. I was able to use the microphone on the keyboard with my Bluetooth headset and speak into the microphone and it would type what Iā€™m saying. Since the update it stoped working. The headset Bluetooth works with Siri, colorful microphone on Google but is soon as I go to use the keyboard that is in the iPhone by using the microphone it does not work. Apple said they are clueless.

  • with 3d touch you forced once to get the trackpad and then force harder to select whatever you wanted.

    New devices that only have haptic touch cannot do it.

    Here is the pro tip: hold space for the trackpad and without lifting your finger, tap and hold anywhere on the trackpad with another finger. then start dragging, left or right, the first finger. done. you are welcome šŸ™‚

  • Wow… Thank you Gary. That spacebar to touch pad will be soooo handy getting cursor positioned for spelling correction in word. Cheers

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