Join Christopher Breen for an in-depth discussion in this video Typing tips, part of iPad for Business (RETIRING FEB 2017).
At the risk of being remedial, I think the point must be made that if you find entering information into your iPad frustrating, you're far less likely to use the thing as a business tool. With that in mind, I'm going to present a few tips for typing on your iPad. We'll do that by using Notes to begin with. Now the first thing to know is that if you're used to typing on an iPhone, you're going to find this a little bit different. With an iPhone, you can tap on a character but that character won't register until you take your finger off the screen.
That way, if you hit the wrong key, you can just slide over to the correct one and then let go. It doesn't work that way on an iPad. On an iPad, if I tap on this T key and then slide away to say this S key over here and I let go, nothing registers at all. So, I have to tap the key that I want, T, and then it appears onscreen. So, tapping sliding doesn't work on an iPad. Next tip, suppose that you're corresponding with a person overseas and you need to type a character used in that person's language.
So, for example, an accent over an e or an o with an umlaut. To produce one of these alternate characters, all you have to do is tap and hold on the base letter that will have the punctuation that you desire. So, for example, if I want to put an umlaut over an o, I just tap and hold on o. I wait for this alternate keyboard to appear, and then I just slide over to the character that I want and let go, and it's inserted. Here's another. You're likely aware that you can access numbers and punctuation by tapping on the .?123 key in the bottom left corner of your iPad.
And to get back to the QWERTY keyboard, just tap ABC. Now suppose you're typing something like this. If you've done this, you know this takes a few taps. When you want to type 5, you have to tap the .?123 key. Tap 5, and then type ABC to go back to get the S. I'm going to show you a way that you don't have to do all that tapping. So we'll type this again Here's iPhone. Spacebar. Now I'm going to tap and hold on .?123, then I'm going to slide up to the 5, and then let go.
When I do that, I'm automatically taken back to the QWERTY keyboard. Now I can just type my S. So again, the shortcut is tap on .?123, keep holding slide to the character that you want, then let go, and your automatically taken back to the QWERTY keyboard. Next, to quickly insert a period at the end of a sentence, all you have to do is double tap on the spacebar by default, like so. Double tap on spacebar, there's my period. If you'd like to type in all capital letters, because you're angry with someone, just double tap on the Shift key to engage caps lock.
And then you can vent your spleen. When you're finished, just tap on the Shift key again, and you're back to typing in more reasonable characters. Here's another. The iPad like all other iOS devices, will recommend words for you as you type. This is part of the predictive typing system that helps you type more quickly. So what if it recommends something you don't want. Well, let's try this word, dandle. Dandle is not a word that a lot of people use, but it is a real word. I don't want candle, I want dandle, so what do I do? All I have to do is tap on candle and that recommendation goes away.
And over time, if you use the word dandle a lot, the iPad will recognize that and stop suggesting things like candle. Now if you find any of the previous three tips annoying, you can turn these functions off. To do that, we're going to go to the home screen, tap on settings, go to the general setting, go to keyboard, and here are those options along the right side of the screen. So if I don't like being corrected, tap, and I turn that off. If I want to turn off caps lock, tap that, and it's off as well and the period short cut, gone.
I actually use all these things, so I'm going to turn them back on. And let's go back to Notes. Here's one more thing that will help speed up your typing, and that's to not worry about apostrophes. There is such a word as c-a-n-t in the English language. It means to tip over, much like a sailboat will cant as it's going into the wind. However, we hardly ever use that word that way, instead we use can't as a contraction for can not. And because we do, the iPad will automatically make the correction for us.
And that's great. So, to auto-complete that, I just tap on the spacebar and there's our word. There's one place you want to be careful, though, and that is the word it's. If you type its, the iPad will always insert an apostrophe between the t and the s. And that's fine when this is a contraction for it is, but it apostrophe s is never a possessive. Now you may not care, but grammar cops who may be your client or your boss, most certainly will. Finally, the best tip that I can offer is this.
Keep going. If you type on your iPad like you're typing on a computer where you make a mistake and then you bang on the delete key to get rid of that mistake, it will take you forever to enter text. Better is to forge ahead and trust that the iPad will be able to guess what you meant to type, and it will make corrections for you. You find that you can enter text much more quickly by correcting the couple of mistakes the iPad may have made in a paragraph rather than correcting as you go. And that's it. Editing text effectively on your iPad.
This course was created and produced by Chris Breen. We are honored to host this content in our library.
- Typing and dictating on the iPad
- Setting up an Exchange account
- Organizing and syncing contacts, events, and email
- Using iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox
- Giving presentations with the iPad
- Backing up your data
- Locating and wiping a lost iPad