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!

Instead of pressing and letting go of the '123' option then selecting the appropriate punctuation, simply tap and hold the '123' option, slide your finger to the desired punctuation, and release. The punctuation you want will be inserted and, upon release, the keyboard will automatically go back to the "ABC" option on its own and you can continue your typing.

That's it! 1 tap and a quick swipe, instead of 3 taps. We think you'll quickly discover that this method will save you a lot of time throughout the day, especially if you're a heavy text user.

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Let us know how this tip works out for you, and as always, ask any questions you have in the comments below!

Tips of the day will range from beginner-level 101 to advanced-level ninjary. If you already know this tip, keep the link handy as a quick way to help a friend. If you have a tip of your own you'd like to suggest, add them to the comments or send them in to dailytips@tipb.com. (If it's especially awesome and previously unknown to us, we'll even give ya a reward...)

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Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Daily Tip: Keyboard shortcuts for punctuation and more

37 Comments

Great tips! Much appreciated. It looks like there is a little bit of Swype already in Apple technology. Maybe they will add a full Swype style text entering method or app eventually.

actually, i no longer bother to type in the keystrokes to enter an apostrophe: if you have auto-correct turned on in your iOS device (and I do…), nearly any word with that punctuation mark will be auto-corrected for you. save the keystroke… ENTIRELY.

@Chris lol...
The reason being is that it's is a contraction of it is and its shows possession. Two entirely different things.
I don't know why but that was hilarious to me.
BTW great work TiPb!

And if you slide and hold over various punctuation marks you'll get a choice of alternate related marks to choose from rather than than going to the distant third screen without using the #+= button.

Am I the only one that can't seem to get it to work. When I tap it goes to punctuation screen n bk to letters when I hold it but it won't give me the option to swipe the punctuation.

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When starting to type my e-mail address the virtual keyboard always capitalizes the first letter. How can I fix it so the first letter will be lower case.

any one know if you can do a forward delete on iOS ? That's really annoying that there is only the normal reverse delete. Don't know how many times I use the magnifying glass to get to the point I want to delete, don't quite get it right, and need to do again to get in front of the character I want to delete.
Must be possible. Help TipB

any one know if you can do a forward delete on iOS ? That's really annoying that there is only the normal reverse delete. Don't know how many times I use the magnifying glass to get to the point I want to delete, don't quite get it right, and need to do again to get in front of the character I want to delete.
Must be possible. Help TipB