Typing in Caps (part of the) Very Beginner Series

Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 5.55.01 PMOver the last several years, “throwback Thursday” has become quite popular.

Although it is really supposed to be about nostalgia (like old photos), I thought I’d stretch the point, and occasionally post an old “how to” on Thursdays, for the benefit of the many new-device-users who have joined our blog.

How to type in Caps:

When you first get your new iPhone or iPad, one of the first things you’ll do is spend some time typing on the keyboard. You’ll quickly learn to tap the up-arrow when you want a capital letter.

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But what if you want to type in ALL caps? You do not need to tap the arrow every single time ….

Just DOUBLE-TAP the up-arrow, and it will darken. Now every letter you type will BE A CAPITAL LETTER.

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When you are done cap-typing, just touch the up-arrow again, and you’ll turn off your caps.

(remember to use your caps responsibly. It isn’t polite to shout. :) )

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How to Switch your Camera on your iPhone for a Selfie: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 8.36.40 AMOccasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.

Recently one of the readers of this blog asked me about this, and I realized that there are probably other new users who also are unaware of how to switch the perspective for your camera. After all, when you FIRST get a new device, everything is new to you, even the most basic. And THAT is the purpose of this VERY Beginner series….. :)

How to switch the perspective of your camera, so that you can take a picture of yourself (a selfie) :

Open your Camera app

Look to the TOP of the screen. You will see an icon that looks like the outline of a camera with two whirly arrows in it.

Tap that icon, and the camera will switch it’s direction, and take a picture of you. Just tap the same icon to switch it back.

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How to Quickly Silence an Incoming Call on your iPhone: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 9.43.21 AMOccasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.

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It has happened to all of us.

You are in an inconvenient place to receive a call.

Suddenly your phone rings, you can’t answer it, and you want that ring tone to stop, NOW.

My story: I was in a packed elevator when my phone went off, blaring a peppy obnoxious tune. So embarrassed was I. :oops:

How to quickly silence an incoming call:

Just press the wake/sleep button at the top of your phone. The ringer stops. With the ringer silenced, you can still answer the call, OR you can just let it go to voice mail.

(pressing one of the volume buttons will also do the same thing, but I find the wake/sleep button on the top of the phone easier to hit quickly.)

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Taking a Short Blogging Break

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While I’m gone, please take some time to look through some old posts, especially if you are a few user/follower :)

How to’s

Very Beginner Series

All Things Kindle

And for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, as you move your way toward your winter months, don’t forget this easy way to make your gloves touch-screen friendly!

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How to Save a Photo that You Receive in a Text Message: (part of the) Very Beginners Series

* Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series.

Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.*

DSC00005The other evening I was having dinner with a friend, a new iPhone user, and she wanted to show me a few pictures …. but she had to find them first. These photos had been sent to her in text messages, and she was going back through the messages to find the photos.

And so, as I watched her scroll back through her messages, the blogging bell went off in my head. “This should be a beginner post!” So here we go.

Here is how you save a photo that you receive in a text message:

Tap on the photo or the arrow area to make the photo larger.

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Once you see the larger photo, tap the action arrow up at the top of the phone.

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A new screen will pop up with all sorts of choices. Select “save to camera roll”.

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That’s all there is.

Now when you want to look back at the photos that you received, just go to your Photos app (the sunflower) and select “camera roll”. The newly saved photos will be there at the end of the photo page.

Taking a Blogging Break

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I hate to interrupt this blog, but interrupt I must, and I’m hanging up the “be back soon” sign for now.

This break is not because I am tired, or have run out of things to talk about. (There is ALWAYS more stuff to talk about!) I must take a break because I will not have access to the internet for a while.

This also means that I will not be able to read blogs or to comment on the blogs that I so enjoy following. Please understand that lack of responses from me is only because, well, I’m not here. :)

In the meantime, if you are a new follower, this will give you a chance to catch up.

If you are a beginner, and just starting out with your new iPad or iPhone, you can spend some time with these links.

If you have an iPad or an iPhone, take a look through these links.

If you have a Kindle, or if you are thinking about getting a Kindle, there might be something of interest here.

And take a look at these posts, where a few new features of iOS6 are discussed .

How to Update the Apps on Your iPhone and iPad: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

*Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.*

Screen shot 2012-12-18 at 6.38.29 PMPart of the fun of having an iPhone or an iPad is gathering apps. All kinds of apps. Game apps, map apps, video apps, recipe apps, productivity apps, music apps.

And if you have good apps, (and you probably do), the developers keep working on them. They keep improving them. The developers tweak their work, making their apps better all the time. They update them so that they work best with the current operating system, to correct bugs that users uncover, and to add new features.

This is all great news for you, the user, because it means that the apps you use just keep getting better. The trick, however, is that you have to remember to update your apps. :)

There are two basic ways to update. One is through the computer and iTunes, the other is directly on your device.

For the purpose of this post, we are going to look at updating your apps directly on your device. (Syncing to iTunes will be a topic for another day.)

How to update your apps on your iPhone or iPad:

Find the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad.

If you have any updates, you will see a number on it. This tells you how many apps you have to update.

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Tap on the App store icon.

Now look down at the bottom of the screen, and you’ll see that number again, right beside the word “updates”.

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Tap on “Updates”

You will be shown a list of all the updates that are available to you.

Next to each one, there is an “update” spot to touch OR you can look to the top of the screen and tap on “update all”

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Gradually, one by one, your apps will update.

Try to remember to do this periodically.

If the number gets too high, you can overwhelm your device and it might freeze (it’s not supposed to freeze, but it has happened).

You are less likely to have a problem if you update the apps in smaller batches, every few days or so.

How to Listen to Your Voice Mail on the iPhone: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

*Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.*

From Millan.NetI don’t get a lot of voice mail. My phone is always with me, and I usually answer it (unless I’m driving, of course!)

So when I do get a voice mail, I fumble. I sometimes forget if I should touch “here” or “here”.

Let’s learn and remember how to do this very basic task.

Here is how to listen to your voice mail:

Touch the green phone icon, and look down at the bottom of the screen.

There you will see ‘voice mail’ on the far right. Tap on ‘voice mail’.

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Your voice mail messages will appear.

Tap on the LEFT side of the person’s name. There is a hidden “play” button, there.

(If you tap on the RIGHT side of the screen, you will go to the person’s contact page.)

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So… FUMBLE NO MORE.

Remember this little trick for your voice mail:

Listen = Left.

When you want to LISTEN to a voice mail, tap on the LEFT side. :)

How to Take a Screenshot on Your iPhone or iPad: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

*Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series. Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.*

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, this is something you will want to remember.

It is a handy little trick that you don’t know you need until you need it. But once you start using it, you’ll use it often.

It’s a screen shot.

By taking a screen shot, anything you see on your screen can be saved as a photo.

Imagine if you wanted to share a weather report, or a list of something, or a recipe……. so handy!

All you do is hold down the HOME button and the ON/OFF button at the same time.

Click!

Now look in your Camera Roll.

Your screen shot will be the last picture on your camera roll.

You can use this screenshot image of a recipe or whatever else you “captured” and send it off as you would any other photo, attached to an email or a text message.

How to Cut, Copy and Paste on Your iPad and iPhone: (part of the) Very Beginner Series

* Occasional posts will contain how-tos and/or hints for VERY new users of iPads, iPhones or Kindles. All new users welcome! Non-tech speak, not terribly detailed, just basic device-enhancing goodness. All part of this Very Beginner Series.

Please share with any beginners (Mom? Dad? Grandma?) in your life.*

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We have gotten used to “cut” “copy” and “paste” on our computers. Personally I couldn’t type without them since my typing habits include considerable rearranging of my sentences. (I was much more careful back in the days of White Out. Remember that bottle with the little brush that would get hard and gloppy?)

When we type on our iPhones and iPads, we can cut and paste there, too, and this is how to do it:

Below is a sentence. I want to remove the words at the end. To remove large portions of text, the “cut” feature is much more efficient than the delete key.

Touch the word you want to remove, or single word among the words you want to remove. A little menu will pop up, with choices. Here we have “select” and “select all”.

Touch “select” (unless you want to choose ALL the text, then you would touch the “select all” option). A new menu will appear with more choices, including “cut” “copy” and “paste”.

You will also see your word highlighted with a little bar on either side. Notice the little blue dots on the bars.

Grab a dot and slide the bars to include all of the text that you want to either copy or cut. Once you have highlighted all your text, touch the action word of your choice. “Cut” will remove it. “Copy” will allow you to paste it somewhere else.

I chose “cut” and POOF! unwanted text is gone.

To paste, just touch a place where you would like to see the text. Touch and hold. Select “paste”. Whatever text you LAST “copied” or “cut” will be pasted in the spot where your cursor is positioned.

Note to Beginners: Look over to the right side of this blog. Find the list under “Categories”. Click on “Very Beginner Series” for other Very Beginner “how to” instructions.

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