Keyboard Tips

How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your iPad

The new Magic Keyboard has a lower profile, smaller footprint, and yet full-sized keys that, thanks to a re-engineered scissor mechanism, enjoy 33% more stability. It may not be the old-school selectric clickity-clacker some still enjoy, but the Magic Keyboard is slimmer and more portable than ever. And while it's sold with the Mac, it also works perfectly well with the iPad.

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How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your iPhone

Smaller and sleeker than ever, the Magic Keyboard might not fit in your pocket like an iPhone or iPhone Plus, but it can fit in your bag and give you a full-sized typing experience when you really need it.

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How to type Spock's Vulcan salute emoji with your iPhone or iPad

How do you type Mr. Spock's live long and prosper (llap) Vulcan salute emoji on your iPhone or iPad?

After posting the iOS 8.3 emoji keyboard how-to earlier, of course this was the question that quickly flooded my inbox. It's part of the same new unicode emoji set Apple has added to iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, so if you've updated to one or both of those, you can see it. The problem is, Apple hasn't yet added it to the emoji keyboard, so you can't type it. Unless you're logical about it...

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Clips: The best way to copy, paste, and re-use text snippets on your iPhone and iPad

Clips is a simple app with one main purpose: to make copying, pasting, and re-using text snippets as simple as possible. Unlike keyboard shortcuts, Clips can import anything on your clipboard with just a swipe and a tap. You can also activate the keyboard and action extension to access your snippets in even more places.

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How to type the  Apple symbol with your iPhone or iPad

How do you type the  Apple symbol on your iPhone or iPad? After posting the keyboard shortcuts roundup yesterday, I was flooded with requests (and suggestions!) for just exactly that. Some want to use it to save characters on Twitter, others to properly render Pay or Watch. Whatever the reason, the short answer is — you can't.

Unlike the Mac, where shift-option-k produces the  Apple symbol just fine, there's currently no special character alternative on the iOS keyboard. So, what can you do?

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How to type special characters and symbols on your iPhone or iPad

What you see when you first glance at the iPhone or iPad keyboard are the regular letters, numbers, and symbols you're most likely to use in everyday communication. There's a whole lot more, however, lurking just beneath the surface, including accented (diacritic) characters, ligatures, extended punctuation, and special symbols.

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iOS Help: My keyboard shortcuts aren't syncing after updating to iOS 8

This how-to is part of our iOS Help feature, where every week I try and help you fix the problems you're having with your iPhones and iPads. If you have a question or need help with something iOS related that you just can't figure out, I encourage you to drop a question in our iMore forums or email ioshelp@imore.com!

This week's question comes to us from William:

My keyboard shortcuts no longer sync with my iPad.

Any ideas how to fix this?

William, you definitely aren't the only person having issues with keyboard shortcuts, particularly after updating to iOS 8. Whether they're just not syncing or you find them disappearing from a particular device altogether, here are some suggestions on how to get them back in working order again!

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How to setup and use custom keyboards on iPhone and iPad

iOS 8 brings with it the ability to use custom third party keyboards on your iPhone or iPad. Whether you prefer swiping over typing or just feel like the built-in keyboard holds you back, you now have an option! All you've got to do is download some keyboards from the App Store, activate them, and you've got a customized iOS experience!

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How to use the QuickType keyboard in iOS 8

iOS 8 brings with it a brand new way to type on your iPhone and iPad. QuickType is a new type of predictive keyboard that gets smarter as you use it. Not only that, since QuickType is contextually aware of your conversation, it can even present you with an answer to a question someone asked so you spend even less time typing out responses. And depending on who you're corresponding with, QuickType can even pick up on your conversation style. All you've got to do to train QuickType is start using it!

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How to set a keyboard as your default in iOS 8

One of the most popular new features of iOS 8 is the ability to use custom third party keyboards on your iPhone and iPad. Once you find the perfect keyboard for you, odds are you'll want it to be your go-to default for everything. Luckily, there's an easy way to set it as your default so you don't have to toggle back and forth each time you want to use it.

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