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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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