MacMost Now 624: iOS Keyboard Shortcuts

Learn how to add keyboard shortcuts to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Keyboard shortcuts can make it much easier to type using the on-screen keyboard. You can substitute short groups of letters for longer phrases, like 'em' for your email address or 'icu' for 'I'll call you later.'

Comments: 14 Responses to “MacMost Now 624: iOS Keyboard Shortcuts”

    maxine
    8 years ago

    Can you do this for am imac? How?

    Carolyn
    8 years ago

    My iPod doesn’t have the “Add Shortcut” feature, but it does have the Shortcuts. Where would I find the Add Shortcut? (This is a fairly new iPod touch–purchased last January.)

      8 years ago

      Have you updated to iOS 5?
      Scroll further down on that settings screen and you should see it.

    Whatchamacallit
    8 years ago

    You can use it with a third party software called Text Expander as well. ;-)

    Shirl Parker
    8 years ago

    Thanks Gary. I just used this to create two shortcuts for the library card number for two libraries I visit to get ebooks for my iPad. The numbers are really long and before I had to go to my address book, where I had the numbers in the notes field, and then copy and paste them into the safari window. Now I can just type 4 letters and bada bing.

    CARol
    8 years ago

    How can I tell if I have ios5? Thank you.

    Kim
    8 years ago

    Can you clean up in your short cuts? And by that also delete some of the default short cuts?

      8 years ago

      Sure. Tap on one in your Settings app to edit it. Swipe right across one to delete it.

    Kim
    8 years ago

    Sorry I was not precise in my question. What I am looking for is the build in suggestions that I want to delete. If I e.g. write “will” when using my Danish keyboard then it suggests “Will” with a capital W. can such things be changed?

      8 years ago

      Usually if you tap the X to dismiss a change, and do that a few times with the same one, it then stops suggesting that one.

    Ham
    8 years ago

    Is there a patch or app that will allow you to use the Ipad physical keyboard on your iphone?

      8 years ago

      What do you mean? You can use Bluetooth keyboards on your iPhone just like you can with the iPad.

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