Keyboard Tips

How to use custom keyboards in iOS 8

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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How to tell if the shift key is lower case, Upper Case, or CAPS LOCK in iOS 7.1

One of the more subtle yet potentially frustrating changes in iOS 7.1 is how the state of the shift key is displayed. Not only isn't it intuitively obvious which state the shift key is in — lowercase, Upper Case, or CAPS LOCK — but it can be downright counter-intuitive to the point that you find yourself uncertain and guessing wrong more often than not. Granted, it could be a lot worse but it could also be a lot better. If you've installed iOS 7.1 and you're having trouble figuring out the shift key on your iPhone or iPad, here's a quick reference. (Share it with your friends. All your friends.)

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How to use emoji pictures on your iPhone or iPad

Ever get an iMessage on your iPhone from someone you know that contains smiley or frowny faces, or even pictures of animals or cars, flowers or dancers, space ships or iPhones, and wonder how they did it? In the old days it was emoticons. Now it's emoji. Every iPhone and iPad has the ability to send and receive them. All you have to do is turn them on!

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How to turn on and use Dictation on your new iPad

While the new iPad doesn't include full on Siri support, probably for a number of reasons, it does include the speech-to-text Dictation. However, Dictation may not be enabled by default, and if it's not, it's not at all obvious where to go looking for it.

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Daily Tip: How to right-justify text on iPhone, iPad

Trying to figure out how to right-justify text on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? Built-in apps don't have alignment options but there is a work around if you really want some text stuck to the right margin. We'll show you how, after the break.

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Daily tip: How to reset Your iPhone keyboard dictionary

Frustrated that your iPhone auto-correct dictionary has "learned" an incorrect word and curious how to reset it? Worried you might have a damnyouautocorrect moment when SMS'ing that important contact? Apple doesn't give you very many options when it comes to editing dictionary entries but if your iPhone has learned to incessantly auto-correct something that isn't right, there's an easy way to fix it. We'll show you how after the break.

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Daily Tip: Keyboard shortcuts for punctuation and more

Interested in how to speed up your typing by quickly inserting punctuation with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad keyboard? Annoyed at having to press multiple buttons, at having to tap the '123' option and then selecting the punctuation, then needing to press the 'ABC" option again to continue typing? Well this is the tip for you and we'll show you how after the break!

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Beginner tip: How to quickly type domain suffixes on iPhone and iPad

Have you ever wondered how to quickly type a domain suffix on the iPhone or iPad? The iPhone and iPad keyboard are software, not hardware, so they can re-configure themselves to suit whatever task you're doing at the moment. When you're in Safari or Mail, that can often mean entering a website or email address such as "example.com". To help make things faster, the keyboard gives you a special ".com" key so you can just tap it and save yourself a few precious moments. (Hey, they all add up!). But what if you don't want ".com" but a different domain suffix? What if you want ".net" instead? Simple:

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