How to Add Punctuation with Just ONE Tap: Awesome Keyboard Shortcut for Your iPad and iPhone

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!

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  1. That’s brilliant…. thanks so much. I have recently started using Siri on my iPhone, as typing drives me nuts on the tiny keyboard (and I have a friend who we send some really long texts sometimes). I just wish Siri was better with punctuation though :)

  2. I enjoy texting, too, but I agree, that little keyboard is a bear!

  3. elizabeth

     /  November 16, 2012

    Brilliant! This was one of the reasons I hated sending texts. :-)

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