Thursday, May 19, 2011

iPad Typing Tips: Quick Apostrophe and Quotation Marks

The iPad keyboard behaves and is laid out differently than the iPhone keyboard. One crucial difference is the way in which the Symbols key (.?123) behaves. On the iPhone, all you have to do is tap on the Symbols key, select a symbol you want to type, and the iPhone’s keyboard will automatically snap back into the standard QWERTY layout. The iPad is different here, since it takes a manual tap on the Symbols key to return to QWERTY mode after (except in the case of an apostrophe).
However, as Macgasm pointed out a year ago, holding down on the comma or period keys will allow you to type an apostrophe or quotation mark, respectively, without ever having to leave the QWERTY layout. No Symbols key needed. If you want to be even faster, you can simply swipe up on comma or period to achieve the same result.
I love this little trick and would likely have never discovered it on my own, so a big thanks to Macgasm for pointing it out.

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