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So let's begin by taking a look at the basics of typing with the screen-based keyboard. For this example, I'm going to use the included Notes App. I'll press the + symbol to create a new note, and I'm looking at a new blank note and the keyboard has appeared at the bottom half of the screen. The keyboard will show up anytime you tap into a field where you're supposed to type. To type, just tap the letters. Notice the letters you're tapping up here above your finger in a nice large size, so you can visually confirm that you're on the letter you want. The enlarged version of the letter will stay there until your finger breaks contact from the screen, and that is probably one of the most fundamental things to know about typing on the iPhone or iPad , characters you type are not entered until your finger leaves the screen.
This means that if I touch the wrong letter, I can just slide over to the correct one and then release. If I do enter the wrong letter by accident, I can just tap the Delete Key to delete the letter or words I need to get rid off, and then continue typing. Now, let's say I want to add a colon here. Special characters and numbers are accessed by tapping this button in the lower left hand corner and now I can enter the colon and I'll tap Return to go down one line. Now here's the tip directly related to what I was saying about characters not appearing until you lift your finger from the screen. Let's say I want to put a Parenthesis at the beginning of this line.
I can see the open and close parenthesis characters when I tap the characters button, but a quick way to access the special character is from the letter keyboard, is to touch the characters button and then slide my finger over to the character I want before I release my finger and then release. The character is added to my note and the keyboard instantly reverse to the letter keyboard, and I can continue typing without having to tap to return to the letter keyboard. So that's the basics of working with the keyless keyboard. It will definitely take some practice and getting used to if you're new to it. Keep in mind that most Apps that use the keyboard will allow you to rotate the phone to landscape mode which makes the keys slightly larger and easier to hit.
And once you get better, you should be able to type quickly in both portrait and landscape mode. In the rest of this chapter, we'll look at the most important techniques and tips for becoming an efficient iPhone or iPod touch typist.
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