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Hidden within the keys of your iPhone 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 the characters and numbers key lets you slide over to those characters to select them and then get popped right back to 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 into the numbers.
Also within the numbers and characters is another button to bring up even more symbols. 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 Caf and then I hold down on the e. After a moment, a whole slew of accented Es appear. I just slide over to the one I want and release, and now it's was added to my text.
You'll find these hidden characters and symbols for 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.
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