Top Five Time-Saving iPhone Tips: Searching Web Pages, Swipe to Delete in Calculator, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    If you're looking to cut down on the amount of time you spend performing certain actions on your iPhone, there's usually a solution hidden in Apple's mobile operating system. Here are five quick iOS tips that once you start using will make you a lot more time-efficient in the long run.

    This article assumes you're using an iPhone running iOS 11 or later, but some of these tips will work on iPad and earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS. Read on for more.

    1. Search a Web Page

    In Safari on iOS, there are two ways to search a web page for a specific word or phrase. One method is quicker than the other, although neither is necessarily immediately obvious.


    The first way involves tapping the Share icon (the square with an arrow pointing out of it), sliding your finger left along the bottom column, and tapping the Find on Page button, indicated by a magnifying glass. Start typing what you're looking for, and your search results will be returned automatically.

    The second, faster method is to type your search term straight into Safari's address bar and then tap the On This Page option at the bottom of the suggestion list, after which you'll be able to tap through each occurrence of the term on the current page.

    2. Swipe to Delete in the Calculator


    It's a common misconception that if you type the wrong number into the Calculator app, you have to start the whole sum all over again. Happily, that isn't the case: Simply swipe right or left with a finger across the number display to remove the last number you typed, and repeat the action if necessary to remove several numbers.

    3. Access Deeper Control Center Options Sans 3D Touch


    In iOS 11, the Control Center is designed to reveal deeper controls when the user hard-presses to activate 3D Touch - just try it on the camera button, for instance.

    If you own an iPhone SE or an older iPhone that doesn't support 3D Touch gestures, it's still possible to access these more granular controls on any button that supports them by using a simple long press instead.

    4. Quick-Switch Back From Numbers/Symbols to Letters

    Switching onscreen keyboards when you need to type a number or symbol is an all-too-often occurrence on iPhone, so here's a tip for making the transition super-swift.


    Rather than tap the "123" key to switch to the number/symbol keyboard, hold down on it and slide your finger over to the key you want, then let go. This single action types the number/symbol and automatically switches you back to the alphabetical layout, avoiding the need to perform three separate taps to achieve the same result.

    5. Clear All Notifications At Once


    If you've got a bunch of notifications from earlier in the day or week that are clogging up your Notifications Screen, don't waste time clearing them one by one. Simply hard press on the first x icon you see on the right of the list. From there, you only need to select the Clear All Notifications 3D Touch option to make them instantly vanish.

    Article Link: Top Five Time-Saving iPhone Tips: Searching Web Pages, Swipe to Delete in Calculator, and More
  2. ke-iron macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2014
    Oh snap. I had no idea you could search web pages on iPhones! The swipe to delete on the calculator is a gift from the gods.
  3. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
  4. patjem macrumors member


    Nov 28, 2007
    Thanks for this list. The calculator is a great one!
  5. anyjungleinguy macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2012

    I knew you could search from the address bar for Find on Page but I had no idea there was a share sheet option. I’ve just moved the icon to the first spot and I actually think I prefer it over typing in the address bar then scrolling down. TIL.
  6. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I search within websites so frequently that I sometimes wish I could add it as a button that is always visible. It would be neat to be able to replace something I use infrequently such as the bookmarks button for search or another shortcut. That would be a cool feature in iOS 12.
  7. RodThePlod macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2005
    Whoa!! I didn’t even realise you could reposition the icons in the share sheet! I’ve just done it now (works in a similar way to rearranging apps on the home screen for those who didn’t know).

    Thank YOU anyjungleinguy for the tip.

    This thread is full of goodness :)
  8. djbuddha macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2011
    That hold down '123' button trick is just straight wizardry. If there was only a way to calculate how much time this will save me instead of it always trying to load the Giphy keyboard before I can complete my text messages .... :eek:
  9. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    Never knew about #4

    Wish iPhone had the swipe down keyboard feature that’s on the iPad.
  10. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
  11. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
    I didn’t know “Find on Page” is in share sheet! I just re-arranged my share sheet icons - both color and mono icons.

    Very helpful tips!
  12. iFanaddic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Montréal, Canada
    Here’s a couple more..

    • Multi-apps drag and drop
    • “Hey siri, turn off all alarms”
    • 3D touch on keyboard to move cursor freely

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  13. H.E. Pennypacker macrumors 6502

    H.E. Pennypacker

    Oct 23, 2017
    Still learning new things in the iPhone. Thanks Mac rumors. Helpful tips for sure.
  14. ryanmcv macrumors 6502a


    Aug 12, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Been an iPhone user since 2007 and never knew about #4. I can’t even imagine the amount of screen taps that would’ve saved me. Thanks!
  15. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    All of these work in iOS 10 as well... except for the new control center and multi drag.
  16. BasicGreatGuy, Jan 25, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2018

    BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Good to see a productive article, instead of mysterious predictions from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 25, 2018 ---
    Another good tip: If you need to edit a text message before sending, hold down in the text area, this will invoke the line cursor, allowing you to easily move the cursor anywhere in the text area for quick and easy editing. You can say goodbye to using the backspace key over and over with this tip.
  17. Mizouse macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2014

    I too think it's much faster than having to scroll down after typing in the address bar.

    Plus it brings you to the first match instead of showing you X amount of matches first.
  18. Apple blogger macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2013
  19. OlliFlamme, Jan 25, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2018

    OlliFlamme macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2018

    • multi-app closing: use two fingers after the tap hold for closing multiple apps.
    Which makes me think: I find it pointless of :apple: not to have that action done in a similar way to iOS on iPad’s behaviour... numerous times, I just try to swipe close my apps on my phone, to realise that I need to first tap hold :confused:

    • Swipe down on your home screen and calculate there, just as you would on your mac in the siri field. It is perfect for most calculations, and you have a natural typing behaviour. Also, you can check your full calculation query as well.

    • Make a pdf of anything printable by giving the print command, force tap the print preview, and saving it...
    Great tip on the single number 3 input. Woops
  20. dennis98290 macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2018
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    These days I use Siri instead of the calculator function. It recognizes left and right parenthesis:
  21. freezah macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2012
    JA PIERDOLE! Czemu tych tipów nie poznałem wcześniej !!!

  22. OlliFlamme macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2018
    Like typing or speaking? I touched that one above too ;) Indeed, it does respect the order of commands and one can use parentheses and brackets to group commands. Also, there are even commands one can use that we’d not expect to be possible. A search on the web can clarify the possibilities.
    But most of all, one can edit the calculation :)
  23. 76morgan macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2012
    Boston, MA
    I would like to add my thanks too! I knew you could search that way, but I had no idea you could reposition those apps!!!
  24. imronburgundy macrumors regular


    Nov 1, 2013
    I like that quick-switch to the 123 keyboard, although I mostly just use gboard these days.
  25. dennis98290, Jan 26, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2018

    dennis98290 macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2018
    You're correct you can edit “Tap to Edit”, had not noticed that. I sometimes add several numbers and invariably get one wrong. Was wondering if you could lead me to the website that would show me the other possibilities?

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