I get a lot of communications which suggest that many of you have problems with text entry that can be easily cured.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY ENTERED TEXT and want to alter some words or spelling
later then GO TO THE LINE where you want to change things and hold your finger on the text. After afew seconds a magnifying glass will appear which if you KEEP HOLDING YOUR FINGER DOWN will allow you to slide around the text until you come to the place where you want to change a word or details. When you reach the correct point just release your finger and the pop up menu will ask you what you want to do. It’s really simple and saves you a lot of stress trying to place the cursor in position.
WHEN ENTERING TEXT don’t forget that the return key allows you to start a new line.
ALSO if you tap the shift (upward arrow) twice very quickly then the text will remain in capital letters until you tap the shift key again. Obviously the shift key tapped just once will give just one capaital letter and then revert to small lower case text automatically.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT many keys have “hidden” characters that you access by holding down the key. For example the zero key(0) when held down allows you to slide to other options including the degree (°) sign. Experiment because this can save you a lot of time especially if you are entering scientific stuff or want a foreign language letter option as for example the “a” key which when held down allows the entry of à,á,æ,ã,å,ä etc.
INCORRECT CHARACTERS can appear in your text for example happynbirthdaymtomyou. The “m”s and “n”s just seem to appear. The reason for this is that the IPAD TOUCH SCREEN KEYBOARD IS VERY SENSITIVE and when you are entering text the lower part of your hand just comes into contact with the characters at the bottom of the keyboard so just be careful when entering text. As an alternative you could buy a stylus which makes this problem less likely to occur.
REALLY EXCITING…. at the bottom of your keyboard is a microphone symbol (newer IPADS only)If you tap this and speak clearly quite close to the IPAD, when you tap the microphone symbol again to de activate it the words you have spoken will appear as text in your email, documents etc. STUPENDOUS EH ! Here’s an example |
welcome to Tony mortlock’s blog this was recorded through the microphone on the keyboard ! Amazing.
If the microphone icon isn’t there tap “settings” then “general” then “keyboards” and toggle “dictation” on.
IF THERES SOME TEXT ON A WEB SITE OR IN AN EMAIL etc that you want to place elsewhere… for example a friend may have sent you some text to put into a book you are writing…. hold a finger close to the text and wait a few seconds. A pop up menu will appear which will allow you to select the text in different ways e.g. ”select all” ”paste” and “select”.
With the “select” option you drag out the blue “handles” to cover what you want to copy.
Then select “copy”.
Go to the email or document or note you want this text to appear in, hold your finger down in the text area and select “paste” from the pop up menu…DONE!