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Hidden within the keys of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch's keyboard are some shortcuts to cut down on your typing time. As well as to give you access to characters and symbols you won't be able to type unless you know how to access them. We've already seen some convenient shortcuts like typing a double space to add a period at the end of a sentence. And that holding down on the characters and numbers key lets you slide over the characters to select them. And to get popped right back into the alphabet keyboard. It works the other way too. If I have the numbers and characters keyboard up and I'm typing mostly numbers, I can hold the alphabet key and slide over to select the letter and then I'm popped right back to the numbers.
So those are the ways to access the obvious letters and characters. But holding down on other keys will also bring up additional characters you can use. Let's say I'm typing the word cafe and I want to make sure it ends properly and perhaps pretentiously with the acute accent over the e. So I type c a f and then I hold down on the e. And after just a moment, a whole slew of accented e's appears. I just slide over to the one I want. And it's added to my text. You'll find these hidden characters and symbols for just about any letter you need them for. Not all keys have them. But you'll generally find what you need by holding down for a second to see which symbols and characters are available for certain letters.
Now, on iPads, there are a couple additional shortcuts that you might find useful. Both involve swiping up on keys. To get quotation marks without having to switch to the symbols keyboard, swipe up on the question mark key. And to get an apostrophe, swipe up on the exclamation point key. So there you have some time saving tips for typing on the iOS keyboard.
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