How do you find typing on your iPhone and iPad?
Maybe it is slow and tedious for you, because you never learned how to type? Or do you find the keys on your iPhone just too small to hit accurately.
One of my favourite things about the iPad and iPhone is that I can AVOID TYPING - by simply dictating whatever it is that I need to type.
If you haven't yet discovered this feature of the iPad and iPhone, read on to find out more.
In iOS 13, there have been quite a few changes to the way that you select, edit, copy and paste text. It can be a little confusing - and frustrating - as gestures that previously did one thing now do another.
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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In the 'Bring your Busy Life Under Control using the iPad and iPhone', we look at lots of tips about how to make the most of your Apple mobile devices.
One of my favourite tips relates to how to avoid typing on the iPad and iPhone! It's amazing what you can achieve without having to hit those sometimes tiny keys. If your fingers are as fat and crooked as mine, you'll really appreciate this one.
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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Find out how to do this in this iTandCoffee Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members.
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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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This is one of the great tips we cover in the Introduction to the iPad and iPhone series of classes.
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27/3/2015 0 Comments
Maybe this is one that will only give me a 'so that's how you do it' moment, but I thought I'd share it with you anyway!
At the moment, the only way to get the Apple symbol on your iPad and iPhone is to set up a Typing Shortcut.
While it may not be something everyone needs on a regular basis, it is certainly something that I find myself needing when I am writing instructions for people who use Macs.
Here's what to do.
Now, when you are typing, just type apsym and you will see the apple symbol appear in your list of suggested replacements.
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