iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training
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Fixing typos and using autocorrection


iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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Video: Fixing typos and using autocorrection

Let's take a look at how iOS 7 can assist you with the inevitable typos that will occur when you're using the keyboard. I've started typing a note of things to do today, and on this 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 ignore the suggestion.
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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 30s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 59s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling iTunes Radio
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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Get the most out of your new iPhone or iPad. In this course, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPad: making and receiving calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing your time, getting around town, taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. Plus, learn how to install any one of the thousands of apps from the App Store and extend the functionality of your device. Garrick devotes time to the new features in iOS 7, including iCloud Keychain, Control Center, AirDrop, and new Photos organization. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPad so they behave as expected. We also include an extensive section on troubleshooting help when the occasional glitches happen.

Topics include:
  • What's new in iOS 7?
  • Accessing Control Center
  • Setting up an Apple ID
  • Learning finger gestures
  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Syncing music, movies, photos, contacts, and calendars with your computer
  • Making and receiving phone calls
  • Setting up email
  • Surfing the web with Safari
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Finding directions with Maps
  • Setting up events, reminders, and alarms
  • Using Siri to voice control your device
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Fixing typos and using autocorrection

Let's take a look at how iOS 7 can assist you with the inevitable typos that will occur when you're using the keyboard. I've started typing a note of things to do today, and on this 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 ignore the suggestion. But if you did accept this suggestion by accident or you change your mind, just 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 just leave it as-is and finish typing this line. But, the iPhone suggestions and corrections are one of the key factors in being a fast and efficient typist on this keyboard. Even if you've misspelled a word, the iPhone can usually figure out the word you meant based on the letters near the one you typed. So, if I type something like, pick up laundry, but I misspell the word laundry, notice it immediately suggests the correct spelling of Laundry. I just 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 to remove it. Also, iOS 7 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 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, and I can tap that to correct my spelling. Also note that your device will remember which suggestions you've ignored, and it will also learn the words you use most frequently that it doesn't recognize, and it will add those words to its internal dictionary.

So, after a time, it'll stop trying to correct words that you've told it are not typos. Don't take this to mean that once you get good at this, that your device 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 Wednesday at the end of this list. Now, again, if I tap Delete to put my cursor right after the word, a suggestion for the correct spelling will appear. Of course, another way to fix a typo is to simply retype it correctly, which you'll have to do if the iPhone has no suggestions for a correct spelling. But in this case, it does have the correct suggestion, so I'll just tap to correct.

Now when you're deleting characters and words, you can tap the Delete key to 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 device assumes that 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 texts faster than that, which we'll look at in a 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 came after it? Just hold your finger down over the text, and 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 the change. Notice these Select, Select All buttons up here. We'll talk about these shortly, but for now, the important thing is that my cursor is where I need it to be, and I can type an I to fix the word, writing. And I can do the same thing in the line above 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 iOS 7, 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's a quick example. I'm going to type the sentence, be sure to remind Peter about the meeting next week.

And I'm going to type it pretty quickly. I'll most likely miss several keys, but I'm just going to plow through, and let Auto-Correction do its thing. Now, if you were watching closely, you should've noticed that the iPhone fixed many of the mistakes I made on the fly. There are a couple of things I do have to fix here, though. On top where I meant to type, Peter, now, none of the suggestions here are actually correct, so I'll just retype the word. At the end of the sentence, that should be next, not near. Now as you get comfortable with the iPhone keyboard, you'll probably want to graduate from tapping out words with one finger and moving to typing with two thumbs like you just saw me do. Again, this is going to take practice, but you'll get better as you get more experienced, and typing with two thumbs can be significantly faster than using a single finger.

As you saw me do previously, just hold the phone with the fingers of both hands and type with your thumbs like this. Now, you might have noticed that I typed, lets, and the iPhone added the apostrophe for me. I also used the shortcut of typing two spaces after my first sentence to automatically insert a period. Notice that the first letter of the second sentence was automatically capitalized, as well. These are the default behaviors you can find by going to Settings> General> Keyboard. This is where you'll find the controls for Auto-Capitalization, which is why my iPhone capitalized the first letter of the second sentence.

And the period short cut is found here as well, and again that means that typing two spaces inserts a period. This is also where you can turn Auto-Correction completely off if you want, as well as where you can turn the spell checker on and off. Auto-Correction's what gives you suggestions as you're typing, while Check Spelling is what gives you those red underlines when misspelled words are found. The other option here you can turn on and off is Enable Caps Lock. With Caps Lock on a quick double-tap of the Shift key locks the letters to all caps. So I've double-tapped the Shift key to turn on Caps Lock, and now I can quickly type out acronyms or yell at someone via text.

Earlier I was saying how iOS 7 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 may be times when you've typed in words in 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 find Reset here at the bottom. 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 that the Dictionary will also have to relearn all the legitimate custom words that you created as well, so don't reset your Dictionary unless you really have to.

Also, iOS 7 will actually notice if you haven't used a custom word in a while, 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 your device, and you won't be bothered by it again. So that's how to work with Auto-Correction and how to fix typos in iOS 7.

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