iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training
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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection

Let's take a look at how the iPhone can assist you with the inevitable typos that will occur when you're using the keyboard. I started typing a note of things to do today and on this next line, I'm going to start typing the phrase 'In no particular order.' Notice here that the iPhone has offered a suggestion. I've typed enough of the word particular that the iPhone is guessing what I mean to type here. If the suggestion is correct, I just press space and the word is completed for me. If that wasn't the word I wanted, I could have just continued typing and ignored the suggestion.
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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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Discover how to get the most out of your iPhone or iPod touch, from making calls, browsing the web, managing your time, and getting around town to taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. In this course, author Garrick Chow shows how to perform all of these tasks and more, and introduces the enhancements built into iOS 6, including enhanced language support and commands for Siri, shared photo streams, and the new Reply with Message feature for handling incoming calls. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations on how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and offers tips for personalizing the setup of the iPhone and iPod touch. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitch happen.

Topics include:
  • Organizing and purchasing apps
  • Controlling sounds
  • Using Twitter and Facebook
  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Syncing music, movies, photos, contacts, and calendars with your computer
  • Making video calls with FaceTime
  • Forwarding calls
  • Setting up email accounts from Gmail, iCloud, and other services
  • Browsing the web
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Setting up events, reminders, and alarms
  • Protecting your iPhone or iPod
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Garrick Chow

Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection

Let's take a look at how the iPhone can assist you with the inevitable typos that will occur when you're using the keyboard. I started typing a note of things to do today and on this next line, I'm going to start typing the phrase 'In no particular order.' Notice here that the iPhone has offered a suggestion. I've typed enough of the word particular that the iPhone is guessing what I mean to type here. If the suggestion is correct, I just press space and the word is completed for me. If that wasn't the word I wanted, I could have just continued typing and ignored the suggestion.

But if you did accept the suggestion by accident or you change your mind, tap the Delete button, and the previous version of the word you had typed will appear along with any alternate suggestions. In this case, it suggests particulate. Just tap the one you want. In this case, I do want the word particular, so I'll leave it as is and finish typing this line. The iPhone's suggestions and corrections are one of the key factors in being a fast and efficient typist on its keyboard.

Even if you've misspelled a word, the iPhone can usually figure out what word you meant based on the letters near the ones you've typed. So if I type something like 'Pickup laundry' but I misspelled the word laundry, notice that it immediately suggests the correct spelling of laundry. I tap space and the change is instantly made. It's important to remember that pressing space is telling the iPhone that its suggestion is correct. If the suggestion is not correct, tap the suggestion itself to remove it.

Also, the iPhone has a universal spell checker, so in most apps, misspelled words will be underlined with red dotted lines like you see in many Word Processors. So for example, if I tap Delete and deliberately misspell the word laundry again, notice the word gets underlined. When I tap it, a suggestion for the properly spelled version appears. I'll tap that to correct my spelling. Also, note that the iPhone will remember which suggestions you've ignored and it will also learn the words you use most often that it doesn't recognize and add them to its internal dictionary. So after time it will stop trying to correct words that you've told it are not typos.

Now don't take this to mean that once you get good at this, the iPhone will catch every typo you make. You're going to leave plenty of typos behind as you type. So there are several typos in this list. The last typo was the misspelling of the word Wednesday at the end of the list. Now again, if I tap Delete to put my cursor right next to the word, a suggestion for the correct spelling will appear. Of course another way to fix the typo is to simply retype it correctly, which you'll have to do if the iPhone has no suggestions for the correct spelling. So in this case, maybe I'll just tap the Delete key to delete most of the word and then retype it correctly.

So as we've just seen, the Delete key can be tapped once so you delete one letter at a time or if you want to delete more than that, hold down the Delete key. If you continue holding down the Delete key, your iPhone or iPod touch assumes you want to get rid of a lot more, and entire words start getting deleted. Now, there are other ways to delete entire chunks of text faster than that, which we'll look at in the following movie, but for now, that's how you use the Delete key. So how do you go about fixing typos that are way back at the beginning of what you typed without deleting everything that just came after it? Just hold down your finger over the text and then in a second the text under your finger shows up in this kind of magnifying glass.

Slide your finger until the cursor appears where you want to make a change. Notice the Select, Select All buttons appear. We'll talk about those shortly, but for now, the important thing is that my cursor is where I need it to be and I can type the letter P to fix the word porch. And that's how you fix typos. Again, you really need to learn to trust the auto-correction feature of your iPhone or iPod touch, because it will automatically fix many of the mistakes you make. Just try to ignore typos as you make them and just keep on typing. Here is a quick example. I'm going to type the sentence 'Be sure to remind Peter about the meeting next week.' I'm going to type it pretty quickly and I'll mostly likely miss several keys, but I'm just going to plough through and let the auto-correction do its thing.

First, I'll place my cursor at the end of my document, give myself some space. If you're watching closely, you should have noticed that the iPhone pretty much fixed every typo I made on the fly. Now, as you get more comfortable with the iPhone keyboard, you'll probably want to graduate from typing out words with one finger and move into typing with two thumbs.

Again, this is going to take practice, but you'll get better as you get more experience, and typing with two thumbs can be significantly faster than using a single finger. Just hold the phone with the fingers of both hands and type with your thumbs like this. Now, I notice I do need to fix one typo here, I need to get the apostrophe in the word let's. You might have also noticed that as I was typing, I used the shortcut of typing two spaces after my first sentence to automatically insert a period. Notice also that the first letter of the second sentence was automatically capitalized as well.

These are all default behaviors you can find by going to Settings, General, Keyboard. This is where you'll find the controls for auto-correction, auto-capitalization, which is why my iPhone capitalized the first letter of the second sentence and the period shortcut is found here as well. That means typing two spaces inserts a period. The other option you can turn on and off here is Enable Caps Lock. You can see it's ON by default. With Caps Lock ON, a quick double-tap of the Shift Key locks the letters to all caps.

So you can quickly type out acronyms or yell at someone via text. One last thing I want to mention here. Earlier I was saying the iPhone and the iPod touch will learn words it doesn't recognize so it doesn't constantly try to correct words that you've previously told it not to. Now, there might be times when you've typed in words by accident that are clearly misspelled that the iPhone then tries to suggest since you've misspelled them several times. If that happens, go back to Settings, General, and Reset.

Here, you can tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary, which you can see will delete all the custom words the Dictionary learned from you, but be aware that this means the Dictionary will also have to relearn all the legitimate custom words you created. So don't reset the Dictionary unless you really have to. Also, the iPhone and iPod touch will actually notice if you haven't used a custom word in awhile and remove it from the Dictionary after some time. So if you can live with an occasional invalid suggestion from the Dictionary for a while, eventually, the misspelled word will be deleted by the iPhone and you won't be bothered by it again.

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