Hidden feature: fast way to type a period (punctuation)

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by MrMighty, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. MrMighty macrumors newbie

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    http://missingmanuals.com/pogues_awesome_iphone_typing_shortcut.csp
     
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    Sounds pretty cool- let's see if this is a solid speed improvement for me when typing.
     
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  5. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    It works! Sweet!
    You can multitouch it too if you prefer. Use your left thumb to hit the .?123 button, and use the right to touch the period button. As soon as you release either button, you get your period on the screen, and the keyboard goes back to the alpha layout. This only works with the period, not the comma from what I can tell.
     
  6. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.....

    thank you so much.
     
  7. dagger55 macrumors regular

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    Thank God. This is an acceptable solution.

    I wish Apple would have showed us this!
     
  8. iSee macrumors 68040

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    let's see...

    Yah, it works!

    In fact it works for all the punctuation! [edit: oops, this was mentioned in the original post]

    - /GH

    IT WORKS WITH THE SHIFT BUTTON TOO!!!
     
  9. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    I should imagine he sits down with an apple engineer and asks them questions and also asks for tips about the iPhone.
     
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  12. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    I'm really starting to like this "hold down and slide your finger and we don't consider it a keystroke until you lift up." thing.
     
  13. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Interesting that Apple brought and OS X menu feature to the iPhone.

    In OS X you can either click on a menu the usual Windows way and then mouse down the list and click again to select an option or you can click and hold then mouse down the menu and release the button and it selects the option.
     
  14. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    In the absence of having it on the main keyboard screen (which was a terrible decision), this will have to do. It's at least a little quicker.
     
  15. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    Now that you mention it, I just tried it on my work computer. It works in Windows too.

    I suppose Apple did say that thay wanted the experience to be as desktop-like as possible...
     
  16. Shagrat macrumors 6502a

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    ...and unlike a "real" keyboard could be changed just by amending the code!
     
  17. Subiklim macrumors 6502

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    I'm pretty sure you can do the same in windows.
     
  18. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Which would hopefully be a software update and not a "New Feature!!!" of iPhone 2.0. d-:
     
  19. iSee macrumors 68040

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    On further reflection,

    This is a really interesting feature as compared to physical keyboards.

    This drag-shift typing is only workable with a touch screen.
    On a physical keyboard, you'd either have to suffer with a laborious shifting mechanism (nasty for one-handed typing), an even more laborious mode switching mechanism, or a gigantic keyboard--most of which you don't use that often.

    This is really, really nice.
     
  20. Noumenon macrumors regular

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    Wow great, think of all the tenths of a second this will refund me back from EDGE. :D (j/k)
     
  21. joelk macrumors regular

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    acceptable work around ... although after using a BB for so long there is something satisfying in the deeper regions of my brain when double spacing for a period. it's some reptilian instinct i find hard to let go.
     
  22. MadDog31 macrumors 6502a

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    Great tip! I love all of these hidden features...should almost be a sticky full of them for easy access. I read of a URL bar shortcut yesterday that works like a charm too.
     
  23. v-ault macrumors regular

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    pressing space will get it back to the ABC screen, too
     
  24. St. Germain macrumors 6502

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    That is awesome. I wonder how many other little usability things :apple: has hidden away for us.
     
  25. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Once upon a long time ago, that was the only way Mac menus worked - you couldn't click to show the menu and click again to select.
     

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