Apostrophe trick on iPad keyboard

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  1. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

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    Just found this out, and not sure if many people know. But if you hold down the button on the ipad keyboard that has the explanation point/comma, it will type in an apostrophe. It takes a second for it to work, so its not that great a workaround to actually having the apostrophe key there, but its probably a little faster than flipping to the second screen to use the apostrophe.

    I've found not having an apostrophe the most annoying part of the keyboard, so this helps a little.
     
  2. Sleazy E macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the tip. Tes't'ing. Nice find!
     
  3. pvmacguy macrumors 65816

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    Thank's for the tip. It works out much faster than flipping to the other menu. Too bad it doesn't work for the top row of keys for numbers.
     
  4. Elzlaik macrumors regular

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    That's awesome. I didn't find that one. I know that if you hold down the quotation mark on the keyboard you get a few options. And you can get a em-dash by holding down the hyphen. Actually, quite a few of the punctuation marks on the second page have alternate marks if you hold them down (like how you get the accents on the letters on the primary keyboard by holding down e, i, etc).

    Thanks for pointing it out.
     
  5. Woz Beard macrumors regular

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    A'w'e's'o'm'e!!!!!!

    I just noticed that when you lock the up arrow the exclamation point doesn't work. It only works when you click on the up arrow once, but not when it's locked. You have to hold the up arrow to type multiple exclamation points.
     
  6. nsdjoe macrumors member

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    Nice trick for the contractions that don't auto-complete (Like we'll, we're, she'll, etc.).
     
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  9. vini-vidi-vici macrumors 6502

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    I read about this on another blog recently... And I wonder, why does useful information like this get buried? I mean, I guess there is a lot to cover, but it'd be helpful if apple would put out a series of little time-saving tips built into the os that you might not know about. Another case in point is the "two finger scroll" for scrolling text inside a text box. I just found out about this recently, and it's great.
     
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  12. onabudget macrumors newbie

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    Typically, the iTelOS has had other characters available within the displayed key. Here's others:

    . -> : ¿
    , -> ¡ '
    n ->ñ ń n
    c -> ć ç č
    z -> ž ź ż

    The special character keys have quite a few!
     
  13. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

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    Another Apostrophe Trick

    Heres another trick. Instead of worrying about typing the apostrophe just type an extra letter. For example, type in werre for we're and itll autocorrect to the right spelling. It works with most words except possession words (ie. Mike's). It might not be a mind blowing trick but it does cut down a stroke or 2 when typing fast. I use it on mostly words that, without the apostrophe, would be a different word (ie. we're/were).
     
  14. linsam macrumors 6502

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    Great shortcut tips! I had no idea! Thanks everyone!
     
  15. SonGoku v2.5 macrumors member

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    I do the exact same thing, but when those possession words do come around, this tip would be a handy feature. Thanks to the OP for pointing it out!:cool:
     
  16. vini-vidi-vici macrumors 6502

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    Itll? Heres?

    Classic...
     
  17. Peter Harrison macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly like a real keyboard then.
     
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    well, not quite that easy. You hold it down until the exclamation appears in blue, then slide your finger up on it. Also, you don't have to type the extra character in a word like it's. Just type its and it auto corrects from there. At least that's how it works with my iPad2
     
  20. Oohara macrumors 68020

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    Hmm...maybe things changed a bit in the past two years?
     
  21. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Not at all. Still the way it has worked since the iPad 1 ... two years later and holy thread revival!
     
  22. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68030

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    Many people are unaware but if you're looking to type a word like "we're" rather than "were", you can simply type the last letter twice and it'll add the ' for you. So you'd type "weree" and it'll change it to "we're". Quicker than bringing up the '
     
  23. RenoG macrumors 65816

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    Ohhhh I see it works the same as holding down the period key to access shortcut email text .com .me .org .edu

    Hmmm maybe when I have a few minutes to wast I'll go through the keyboard and hold down each key and see what happens.


    Cool tip bro
     
  24. Zethca macrumors regular

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    It works faster when you swipe up on the key. Much faster than switching screens when you know the common ones.
     
  25. iArch macrumors regular

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    It sure did, with the latest iOS update. Used to work exactly like the first post in this ancient thread describes, just holding the key down would make an apostrophe appear, but now you have to hold it down and then slide up to select. No biggie, but I liked it better the old way.
     

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