If you have one of the newer iPhones - the iPhone 6S or 7 (including the Plus versions), then you have a great feature that makes editing text so much easier.
You can use your iPhone's keyboard as a trackpad, to move the cursor position more easily than the using the usual 'insertion point' method (touching the screen until you see the 'magnifying glass' and then moving your finger over text).
Watch a demonstration of this handy feature in this week's Handy Hint for iPad and iPhone users.
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Sandy W asks: "I've lost the microphone to dictate texts on my iPhone. Can u help please?"
Sandy had previously made frequent use of the dictation feature of the iPad and iPhone, to dictate emails, texts and even documents. This had saved her a LOT of typing.
(Have you discovered this wonderful feature? We cover this and other great tops in the 'Typing and Editing on the iPad and iPhone' user guide, available in digital or printed format.)
Sandy had found that the the keyboard microphone that she had previously always found on the left side of the Space bar was no longer present. Nothing she tried seemed to bring it back.
Try these solutions ...
There are a couple of places to check if your keyboard's microphone disappears.
If this doesn't solve your problem, it may be that your Restrictions are turned on, and that microphone is turned off in Restrictions.
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Have you ever wondered how to quickly access symbols like £ and ¢ on your iPad and iPhone keyboard? Or how you can include a º sign when describing the temperature?
This was the first handy hint published by iTandCoffee, way back in August 2013. So, it is about time it was updated to reflect the lastest iPad and iPhone screens.
iTandCoffee Club members can view this members-only Handy Hint here. It includes a short video, as well as text instructions (for those who prefer that format).
(Some of you will notice that I have also removed that incredibly annoying music at the start and end of the video. Seemed really clever at the time, but is now just plain annoying!)
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In the last blog post, I found myself wanting to type a cent symbol - but couldn't, for the life of me, remember where to find it on my Mac keyboard.
So, of course, I Googled it!
For those out there who might also need this symbol in future, it is found by typing Option-4.
Most people have discovered the Emoji keyboard on their iPhone and iPad.
But does the Mac have the same keyboard?
Yes it does, and it is easy to make it visible, and easily accessible every time you need it.
Find out how in this Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club Members. (Make sure you have signed in - use the link in the right-hand sidebar if you haven't yet.)
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Does your iPad make a clicking sound as you type? Does it also make a different sound whenever you put it to sleep?
If you would rather not hear these sounds, you can choose to turn one or both off from your Settings.
Just go to Settings -> Sounds.
Scroll down to the last two options - Lock Sounds and Keyboard Clicks.
They are pretty self-explanatory - so turn off (slide the switch across to the left so it is no longer green) whichever sound you would rather not hear.
Here is a handy article published this week, with details of how to achieve the Home and End functions on the small Mac keyboard (which does not have dedicated keys for these functions).
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If you use your iPad or iPhone to type lengthy pieces of text, you may find yourself wishing you had a 'proper' keyboard - instead of the on-screen keyboard.
There are some great Bluetooth keyboards out there - even relatively cheap keyboards like that shown in the images, that can roll up and fit in a small purse! Great for travelling or carrying around in a briefcase.
Check out this recent article for details of how to connect a Bluetooth keyboard to your iPad or iPhone.
There are some phrases - words, sentences, ID codes, email addresses - that we need to type over and over, sometimes more than once each day.
Wouldn't it be easier to just type two or three letters, and have the longer phrase automatically appear, saving you all that typing effort?
While I was away recently, I lost count of how many times I had to enter my email address, my Qantas Cash account number, passport number and overseas mobile phone number.
My email address was not a problem, as all I had to enter was the series of letters litc, which would magically convert to email@example.com. But it was driving me crazy having to look up the other numbers each time I had to enter them - especially the mobile number.
My frustration was solved by setting up each of these frequently entered numbers/codes as Keyboard Shortcuts - something that I had already done for my email address. My passport number would then appear whenever I typed pn, qn would give my my Qantas Cash account number, and omn gave me my overseas mobile phone number.
If you, like me, want to avoid excess typing and the need to look up certain numbers and codes* over and over, it is definitely worth taking the time to set up Keyboard Shortcuts in your Settings.
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(*Note. Do not set up your passwords as Keyboard Shortcuts - this is not a secure way of storing and recalling passwords. The best place to store your passwords is in a Password Safe app like 1Password.)
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Here is another good list of keyboard shortcuts that are worth committing to your memory.
There are a few that I had forgotten about, that are now going to be on my list of 'most used!.
For example, I will now use Command-Shift-D in Finder to quickly get to my desktop folder.
I already frequently use Command-Tab to activate the App Switcher and to switch between running apps (ie by continuing to hold down the 'Command' key as I hit the 'Tab' key.) Each time I hit Tab while holding down Command takes me to the next app on the right.
Reading this article, I have also discovered that I can use Command-` (which the key to the left of the number 1 key) to move between the apps from right to left while I am using the App Switcher.
So Command-tab to move from left to right, Command-` to move from right to left.
Much easier than having to cycle all they way through my apps to get back to one I have tabbed past!
Check out this article to see if there are other shortcuts that you may not yet have discovered!
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