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iPhone shortcut: typing punctuation

updated 03:35 pm EDT, Thu July 5, 2007

iPhone typing shortcut

David Pogue has posted a new iPhone tip to his Missing Manual Web site: If you want to type a period or other puncuation, simply touch and hold the ".?123" key then slide your finger to the desired button. When you've selected the punctuation, the keyboard automatically changes back to the normal character entry mode. This allows you to quickly select a punctuation character without having to tap more than once. Pogue writes: "This makes a HUGE difference in the usability of the keyboard."

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  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I dunno bout that.

    I actually find it easier to click the symbol button then the symbol. Of course it automatically goes back to the standard alphabet keyboard just as this click+slide "shortcut" does.

    And how about typing an apostrophe? If you click+slide you have to reach completely across the screen. When I click+click I can hit one with my left thumb and the other with my right thumb. Meh.

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's for abbreviations! I gotcha. This doesn't help at all for standard sentence punctuation where the Space automagically returns to the alphabet layout, but it does help with abbreviations such as U.S.A. Makes a little more sense now, but it's hardly a "HUGE difference" :/

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