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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 wouldn't otherwise be able to type unless you knew where to access them. We have already seen some convenient shortcuts, like typing a double space to add a period at the end of a sentence and then holding down on the characters and numbers key lets you slide over to those characters to select them, and they get popped right back into the alphabet keyboard. It works the other way, too. If I have the numbers and characters up, and I am typing mostly numbers, I can hold the alphabet key and slide over to select the letter and then I pop 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 am 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'll type C-A-F and then I hold down on the E. After a second a whole slew of accent of E's appears, I just slide over to the one I want, and just like that, it's added to my text. You'll find these hidden symbols and characters for any letters 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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