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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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