Seven iPad keyboard tricks
Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:54 AM
BTW, the transcript says to tap "the keyboard button in the lower left", and on my iPad it's the lower right. (I haven't checked the video itself to see if this is a mistake in the original or just the transcription.)
Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:11 AM
Even faster than splitting the keyboard from the bottom menu, you can swipe your thumbs in opposing directions (one left and the other right). Once you do it, you will see how intuitive it is. The same applies to putting it back together.
Also you can get special characters by setting up language-specific keyboards in the keyboard section of the General Settings. This is best option if you plan on typing more than a few words in another language.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:42 AM
Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:49 AM
2 and 7 do not (for me, at least, on ios 5.1.1)
2 is a new one for me - but it appears to be closely related to 1. If you swipe up, you see the same choices of additional letters that you get with a press and hold, but without the "original" key as a choice. So ¢ being right above $, it's easy to hit in a swipe motion; the other choices not so much.
6 is also new to me, usually just hit the space bar (bigger target than ABC) to switch back to the letter keyboard.
But what I would like is a way to STAY on the number/symbol keyboard and NOT have the space bar take you back to the ABC keyboard. If I'm listing numbers separated by a space or comma, it's annoying to be constantly kicked back to the ABC keyboard.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 09:53 AM
Well, guess not. The two (en-dash & em-dash) appeared correctly in the comment box as I wrote it, but now appear on the page as a hyphen and double-hyphen (the ASCII version of the "dash", as I learned when I learned to type 50 years ago). Typography on the Web is a mess; Macworld's comment system still needs some smartening-up.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 11:51 AM
Additionally, does anyone know how to get to the .COM key after keyboard use? For me, it only shows when the keyboard first appears.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 12:25 PM