When you are typing, and you come to the end of a sentence, you type a period and then you tap the space bar.
This hint will help you type a little faster:
Instead of tapping “period > space”, just double-tap the space bar. A quick ‘tap tap’ and a period appears, along with the required space.
An alternative to the double-tap: tap ONCE but use two fingers. You get the same result, a period and a space.
And, if you need more spaces (in spite of the one-space rule discussed here), you can do that, too. Just tap the space bar with three, four or even five fingers to get more spaces.
Posted by sharechair on June 19, 2012
One of the first things I learned when I started to work on this blog was something that was completely unique and alien to me: The SINGLE space after punctuation. Not only didn’t I do it, I had never even heard of it. Yes, I’m THAT old.
I learned to type in a high school class full of typewriters that went “DING” at the end of a line, and where you’d grab a silver thing to push the whole carriage back to get ready for the next line. The heavy carriage would slide back with a “thump” in a regular rhythm. Imagine the noise: the click-clicking of the typewriter keys and the ding-dinging of the carriage bar and then the thump. Clatter clatter clatter, ding ding ding, THUMP X 30 typewriters.
In those days we all learned “two spaces after punctuation”, and that was the LAW. I followed the rules, and used two spaces ever since. My thumb automatically goes “tap tap” after a period. But when I started to work on this blog, I learned (thanks, Jinna!) that I needed to change my old typing habits.
Apparently the two space rule is history. You can read more about this here and/or here.
(or Google “two spaces after punctuation” to read a great many passionate (really!) articles about this topic.)
Posted by sharechair on June 9, 2012
Anyone who has done any typing on the iPhone or on the iPad has noticed the multiple steps needed to insert punctuation. You have to tap the 123 button, tap your punctuation,and then tap the ABC button to return to the letter keyboard. That’s 3 taps!
Doesn’t ONE tap sound better?
Here’s how you do it:
When you get to the moment that you need punctuation, put your finger on the 123 button and HOLD. Now, SLIDE your finger to the punctuation you need, and RELEASE.
Poof! Your punctuation has appeared in your text, and your keyboard has returned to the letters so you can continue typing. ONE touch instead of THREE. Hurrah!
Posted by sharechair on June 4, 2012
If you are writing a text message, an email or a note and want to add a emoticon, it is as simple as a tap on your keyboard. You don’t need to copy and paste from other sources. There are a host of smiley faces, creatures, flowers, shapes and assorted what-nots all built into your iPad/iPhone keyboard. They just hide well.
So let’s find them. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > International Keyboards > Add a New Keyboard > Emoji.
Now let’s type some text.
Pull up a blank email, and start to type your message. Now look at your keyboard. See the globe on the bottom, to the left? Tap the globe. You are now looking at a multitude of smiley faces. Swipe the screen and you’ll see more, then more.
Now look at the bottom of this new keyboard. You’ll see a clock, a smiley face, a flower, a bell, a car and some punctuation symbols. Tap the clock to see the last symbols you have used. Tap any of the others and you will find pages and pages of cars, sporting equipment, animals, food, symbols, etc. Swipe each page to the left for more.
To insert them into your text message or email, just touch the symbol that you want. Then, to return to the regular keyboard, tap the globe.
One important note: These will only work when sent to other iOS devices….to other iPhones and iPads.
Posted by sharechair on May 24, 2012
It might not happen often, but when you need to find an umlaut (or a similar something), you want it NOW. But where is it hiding?
Here is how you find them: Let’s say you want an “e” with a little accent mark above it. Simply hold your finger on the “e” key, and you will find that several “e” choices appear. Want that umlaut? Touch the “u” and it will be right there. Need an “n” with a tilde? You know how to find it, now.
Try it. Just stroll through the keyboard, touching each key in turn so you can browse the options. Not every letter has options, of course, but I’m sure you’ll find some surprising ones. (Check out the $ sign, and the question mark for starters.)
Posted by sharechair on May 21, 2012
When writing text, up pops the keyboard. To make a capital letter, we just tap the up-arrow. But when I needed to write in all caps ….. to YELL in type-speak …… I found myself touching the arrow, then touching a letter, then the arrow, then a letter, arrow, letter, arrow, letter.
Eventually my ah-ha moment occured, and I realized:
Just double-tap the up-arrow key to
type yell all you want. duh.
Posted by sharechair on May 13, 2012