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Keyboard and Text Tricks for iPad and iPhone Users

Keyboard and Text Tricks for iPad and iPhone Users

I’ve used iPhones and iPads since the day they have become available, and I have to admit that I did get stuck in my old habits and sometimes forget to look at new features and functionality … specially when it comes to entering text …

In this article, part of a small series of iPad/iPhone tips and tricks articles, I compiled a list of interesting text and keyboard tricks you should look at as an iPhone or iPad user …

  Emoji – Free Emoticons and Smileys

You might be familiar with emoticons, those funny smileys to express your mood when texting.

Back in the day they started with regular character combinations like :-) and :-(. Back in the day, applications like Yahoo Messenger and ICQ, quickly started adding cutely drawn pictures for that purpose.

For that purpose the Japanese Emoticon characters “Emoji” have been placed in a font which can be accessed with a special keyboard on your iPad and iPhone.

Unfortunately, some people like you to believe that you have to buy one of their applications for that, but this is totally not the case.
Entering Emoji smileys is done through the standard available Emoji keyboard which you just need to enable.
  Settings  General  Keyboard  Keyboards  Add New Keyboard  Emoji

iPad/iPhone - Add Emoji (Emoticons/Smileys) keyboard

iPad/iPhone – Add Emoji (Emoticons/Smileys) keyboard

Once enabled, you will see a little globe key left of the space bar on the keyboard. Tap it to toggle to the next keyboard in line, or keep it pressed which will show a little menu where you can pick the keyboard you’d like to use.

  Keep in mind that not all phones (older Android and Black Berry phones for example) can display Emoji characters. So when you type an Emoji smiley, the receiving party might not be able to see them.

iPad/iPhone - Accessing multiple keyboards (languages or smileys)

iPad/iPhone – Accessing multiple keyboards (languages or smileys)

iPad/iPhone - Type Emoji Emoticons/Smileys

iPad/iPhone – Type Emoji Emoticons/Smileys

  Keyboards and spell checker for other languages

If you’ve read the tip above, adding an Emoji keyboard, then you might have already seen the option to add keyboards for other languages. This is the place where you can also add multiple keyboards for other nationalities, which allows you to have for example an English, Dutch, French and Emoji keyboard which you can toggle when you’re typing messages.
  Toggling to a different keyboard, while typing, will also change the language of the spellchecker.
  Settings  General  Keyboard  Keyboards  Add New Keyboard

  Entering Characters with Accents and Punctuations

In languages other than English, often special characters are used, like those characters with an accent or an umlaut.
Entering these characters is actually easier than I expected.

Press the letter you want and keep it pressed (see also the screenshots of the next tip). If special characters exist (on your iPad or iPhone), a menu will open allowing you to pick a character. When trying to select special character: slide your finger to the one you need, do not lift your finger up until you are over the desired character.

  Special Symbols

Next to those letters, also special symbols can be typed in the same manner. These special symbols can be found on the numerical keyboard (press the “123” button in the lower left corner). Try a few of these keys, for example:
– keeping “.” (period) press reveals ““,
– keeping “$” pressed reveals other currencies like the ¥ and £,
– keeping double quote pressed to select different quote types,
– keeping “0” (zero) pressed reveals the character for degree °,
– etc.

Tip : If you’re looking for so called glyphs, try this link on your iPhone or iPad (does not work as well on your PC):

iPad/iPhone - How to enter special characters

iPad/iPhone – How to enter special characters

In the example overview below, for an U.S. English keyboard, the special characters are hidden under the keys in the blue box.

iPad/iPhone - Overview of special characters (English keyboard)

iPad/iPhone – Overview of special characters (U.S. English keyboard)

  Entering characters like Copyright (©), Math Symbols and Apple Logo


The easiest way to enter these characters is through the Emoji keyboard (see the first tip “Emoji – Free Emoticons and Smileys” on this page on how to install the Emoji keyboard). In the last “group”, on the far right, you’ll find these symbols.

Emoji is rather limited, but does support symbols like Copyright, Trademark and Registered.

Fast Keyboard

A great alternative is the use of a free app called “Fast Keyboard“, which not only gives you access to these symbols, but also provides access to mathematical symbols, and even the apple logo. In the right image below: the marked (red) area can be moved up/down to see more symbols.
Once you’ve entered the symbols, you can paste them in the app you were working in.

iPad/iPhone - Enter Copyright with Emoji, or Fast Keyboard

iPad/iPhone – Enter Copyright with Emoji, or Fast Keyboard


The Glyphboard Webpage offers a lot of special characters, including the copyright and trademark symbol, the Apple Logo and some symbols like certain fractions, gender, etc.

  You will need Internet access to use Glyphboard.

Press the character you’re looking for and keep it pressed it selects the symbol. Lift your finger and a “Copy” button will appear.
Select the “Copy” option and paste it in the text that you’re working with.

iPad/iPhone - Glyphboard to enter special characters

iPad/iPhone – Glyphboard to enter special characters

Create a Keyboard Shortcut for Special Symbols

For symbols that you use often, consider creating a shortcut (see below: “Keyboard Shortcuts – Save yourself some typing“).
You could for example paste your symbol in the “Phrase” field and enter a desired shortcut for it.
For example: Phrase = “©” and Shortcut = “(c)”.

  Enter top-level domain quickly

Certain Internet oriented applications, like Safari for example, allow you to enter top-level domains like .net, .com, .edu, etc. quickly by keeping the “.” (period) button pressed. The available top-level domains are influenced by what international keyboard(s) you use. For example the Dutch keyboard adds .nl and .be.

  Undo typing – Shake your phone

By shaking you phone, once left and once right, a dialog will popup allowing you to “undo” what you have been typing. After using this trick, shaking the phone again will offer a “redo” for the typing that was just removed. This works in all apps that allow text entry.

  Keyboard Shortcuts – Save yourself some typing

Your iPad and iPhone offers the definition of shortcuts, which can save you a lot of typing. A shortcut will automatically be replaced by what you’ve defined for your shortcut.
For example the shortcut “jk” can be defined as “Just Kidding!!“. Once you type “jk” a popup, as seen with the spell checker, will appear showing you the text it would like to use as a replacement for your shortcut.

Tip : You can add Emoji emoticons to your shortcut!

  Settings  General  Keyboard  Add New Shortcut…

iPad/iPhone - Create shortcuts for often used phrases

iPad/iPhone – Create shortcuts for often used phrases

  Adding a period at the end of a line – Double space

When you’re at the end of a line, most people type a period and a space before the start a new line.
Tap space twice will do that for you. It triggers the auto text correction and replaces the two spaces with a period and a space.

  Caps Lock

Yes, your iPad/iPhone has a caps lock!
Tap the shift key twice and caps lock is engaged, tap it once again to disengage it.

iPad/iPhone - Shift key states: Normal, Shift and Caps lock

iPad/iPhone – Shift key states: Normal, Shift and Caps lock

  With iOS 7.1 and newer, the coloring of the caps lock / shift has changed. Normal now has a grey background and a black arrow up, Shift pressed has a white background with a black arrow up and Caps Lock will add a line under the arrow to that.

  Text Correction options

I’m pretty sure that the settings we’re looking at in this tips is rarely looked at, but they can help you get rid of some annoyances.

For example you can disable Auto-Correction, Spelling, the double space trick, etc.
  Settings  General  Keyboard

iPad/iPhone - Auto Correct Options

iPad/iPhone – Auto Correct Options

  Teach you iPad/iPhone bad language

I’m sure quite a lot of people have ran into this issue: the undesired auto correct of profanity.

Option 1: Add your “bad” language to the “Keyboard Shortcuts“.
Simply set “Phrase” and “Shortcut” to the same word (ie. the profanity of choice in both fields).

Option 2: Add your “bad” language as a contact.
Add a contact named as the profanity of choice.

Note : I’m not sure, but it seems that newer iOS versions “learn” what profanity you like or not.

  Trick Auto-Correct to help with (English) word contractions

English word contractions (like You’ll, He’ll, I’ll, I’ve, etc.) can be entered easier when you trick the Auto-Correct of your iPad or iPhone.
The trick is simple: at the end of the contraction type the last character one extra time. Of course, this is not always needed, as the auto-correct picks up certain contractions right away.

Some example: When trying to type “We’ll“, simply type “Welll“.

  Enter numbers without switching to the numerical keyboard

A nifty little trick, when entering text where you’d like to insert one or two numbers:
Press the “123” button and keep it pressed, now slide over to the number (or punctuation). Lift your finger up when you’re above the number you’d like and it will be entered. Your iPad or iPhone will jump right away back to the “ABC” keyboard.

  Dictonary – Getting the definition of a word

Your iPhone or iPad can actually give you the definition of a word.
Select the word you’d like the definition of, by pressing on the word until a menu pops up. Choose “Select” so it selects the word, tap the arrow to the right and choose “Define”. This will then show you the definition of the selected word. Tap “Done” (upper right corner) to return to your text.

To select a word, you can optionally double tap a word.

Tip : When looking at a definition, you see a button “Manage” in the lower left corner. This function will allow you to add dictionaries of other languages.
If you see that words cannot be found, then check this function to make sure the dictonaries of the language you’re using is downloaded.

iPad/iPhone - Get the definition of a word

iPad/iPhone – Get the definition of a word

  Use Voice Dictation

Your iPad/iPhone actually comes with voice recognition build in – it’s mostly used when using Siri (keep the “Home” button pressed until you see the “What can I help you With”) but it can also be used to dictate text. When switching Siri ON, make sure to select the right region below it as well – for example: there is a significant difference between British English and American English.
  General  Siri

Voice dictation is available when Siri is enabled. For supported languages, you will see a little microphone button left of the spacebar in your keyboard. Tap it and start talking, tap “Done” when done.

A few tips when using dictation:
– Talk into the microphone of your iPhone/iPad
– Make sure the sound wave (image on the right) actually moves
– Articulate and pronounce words properly
– Don’t speak too fast
– Pronounce punctuation (comma, period, hyphen, apostrophe) matching your region (“period” in British English would be “full stop”)
– Say “new line” to start a new line
– Say “new paragraph” to insert two new lines.
– You can use currency as well (dollar sign, euro sign, pound sterling sign, Yen sign)
– Emoticons (not Emoji!) that are supported: 
“smiley” for :-),  ”winky” for ;-) or “frowny” fo :-(
– Always verify if the voice recognition picked up the words right
– Work with short sentences or short chunks of text

iPad/iPhone - Use voice dictation to enter text

iPad/iPhone – Use voice dictation to enter text

  At this moment, that I’m writing this article, only the following languages are supported for voice dictation and Siri:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Korean

  To use voice dictation, you will need Internet access, and it works best with Wifi or 3G/4G. Anything slower than that (EDGE, GPRS) will work very slow and less reliable.

  Split keyboard (iPad only)

On the iPad you can actually split the keyboard in two smaller keyboards which kind-a reminds one of the Microsoft Natural Keyboards.
Some refer to it as a thumb keyboard.

When a keyboard is visible, place two fingers on the keyboard and move them in opposite direction to the sides.
This will show the split keyboard. You’ll notice that the 2 keyboards appear smaller than the original keyboard.

Doing the reverse, sliding a finger from the left and one from the right, to the center of your keyboard, will bring back the normal keyboard.

iPad - Split the keyboard in 2 parts (Thumb Keyboard)

iPad – Split the keyboard in 2 parts (Thumb Keyboard)

  Using an External Keyboard (USB or Bluetooth)

All iPad’s and iPhones are Bluetooth enabled, and with the latest iOS versions any Bluetooth keyboard will work just fine.
Yes, even an old Bluetooth keyboard from your PC, or like my old Bluetooth keyboard from my antique Palm Pilot will work.

If you’re the lucky owner of a Camera Connection Kit, then most USB keyboards will work as well (some 3rd party Camera Connection Kits require you to switch it to USB mode). Even though your iPhone or iPad will be complaining that the USB keyboard is not supported, they will work just fine …

iPad/iPhone - Some errors you can ignore when using a USB keyboard

iPad/iPhone – Some errors you can ignore when using a USB keyboard

Camera Connection Kit (with USB port) allows the use of a USB Keyboard

Camera Connection Kit (with USB port) allows the use of a USB Keyboard

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  • Nov 28, 2014 - 2:21 AM - Nas Comment Link

    how to press ‘send’ using the blue-tooth keyboard, its so frustrating having to press ‘SEND’ on the screen.

    SEND meaning txt messaging.

    on the iphone 4 (ios)

    defeats the purpose of using bluetooth keyboard then. 

    ive tried several BT keyboards , pushing every Shift plus every other button , also Holding function and etc.




    • Nov 28, 2014 - 3:02 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Nas!

      Couldn’t agree more … the graphic GUI implementation in iOS, lacking a keyboard shortcut truly sucks. Even with a specific iPad keyboard this seems impossible.

      I did read several articles and one even states that a Logitech keyboard could do this with COMMAND+ENTER. (link)
      Here they also talk about using a Bluetooth Helper, through Cydia, so this requires a jailbroken device – although in the same forum someone posted a message that this might not work in iOS 8.x.

      Another suggestion is to use VoiceOver,… then keyboard navigation and Enter works as expected. Send a message by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Space. Although people do complain about it …

      A thread at Apple’s Forums goes into this topic as well, even though not quite helpful yet.



  • Jan 2, 2015 - 5:28 PM - Tony Comment Link

    Searching on symbols. I am angry, and frustrated to report to the community that it was always possible to spotlight search or search within messages, or contacts, on symbols like $,*, +, When they are a part of the contact name. These are the ways I have been creating groups since I got my first iPhone in 2006. Now, I have lost all my groups within over 5000 contacts! Setting up groups years ago was multistep and very annoying. So I skipped it and created my own fast system by adding a symbol or multiple symbols after a users first or last name and then I could call up an entire list in the search box. Now it is gone and unless someone out there knows anything I would appreciate it, simply stated, symbols no longer can be searched up on within any search methodology in the apps contacts, or messages.



    • Jan 3, 2015 - 3:42 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Tony!

      I hear you on the seemingly endless drama surrounding contacts … I wish I could give you a good and helpful tip … 

      Hopefully other readers can assist …



  • Feb 23, 2015 - 11:35 AM - Tatiana Comment Link

    I wanna know how to use emojis like for example if I type in “; and )” it turns into a winky face emoji… or “: and 3” it turns into a cat emoji.. or “; and P” it turns into a winky face with tongue out… how do I find how to do different emojis using the keyboard… ?? Please help.



    • Feb 23, 2015 - 2:02 PM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Tatiana,

      I hope this helps:

      Enabling Emoticons

      Enabling emoticons, or more specific Emoji, on an iPhone or iPad is relatively simple … once you know how to to get the Emoji keyboard. 

      On your iPad/iPhone go to “Settings” – “General” – “Keyboard” – “Keyboards” and select the “Add New Keyboard…” button.
      In the appearing list select “Emoji” and leave the settings screen.

      When you now type text, for example a message in Messages, you’ll notice a little “globe” icon left of the space bar.
      Press it to toggle keyboards – one of them is the Emoji keyboard – and you’ll see the emoticons.

      Keep this globe button pressed and a menu appears where you can select the Emoji keyboard as well.

      Auto Replace :-) with 

      Now if you still want to use shortcuts, for example have :-) change to , then you can create shortcuts for this.

      On your iPad/iPhone go to “Settings” – “General” – “Keyboard” – “Shortcuts“.
      Tap the “+” in the upper left corner to add a shortcut, where the first field you enter is for example the desired Emoji smiley, and the second field should say :-). 

      Now when you exit out of settings and type “:-)” (without the quotes) in a text field, your iPad/iPhone will replace it with the proper smiley.



  • Apr 28, 2015 - 9:13 AM - george Comment Link

    hey i hav this problem…i hav emoji keyboard but when i’m typing somthing on te keyboard i can c the smileys but once i have sent the mesg the smiley shows as a covered character…plz help me…this is when i’m usign watsapp to be specific… i use an iphone 3gs…thanks



    • Apr 28, 2015 - 9:26 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi George!

      Let’s see what I can do to help … bare with me though, I’m not very familiar with the iPhone 3gs – I never had one.

      With Emoji keyboard you mean the Emoji keyboard that comes with your iOS, right?
      Otherwise see this WhatsApp FAQ link – it also mentions that for certain emoji you will need iOS 6 – the iPhone 3Gs Wiki says you can go up to iOS 6.1.6, so make sure you have that, the latest iTunes should automatically do this for you.

      Also: do you see the covered characters (not sure what you mean with that – sorry) on your own phone or on the recipients phone?



      • Apr 28, 2015 - 10:59 PM - george Comment Link

        its on my own…on the recipients phone itz shows fine…



      • Apr 29, 2015 - 2:54 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Hi George,

        I have to admit that I’m only guessing now … 

        – Check if you have the latest available iOS for your iPhone 3gs
        – Check if you are using the Emoji keyboard actually provided by Apple (not a 3rd party app)
        – Check if you have the latest WhatsApp, check their FAQ, maybe even contact them?

        I checked the Apple Forum as well, where I found at least one post with the same (unanswered) complaint – dating back to 2013.



  • May 8, 2015 - 10:00 AM - Lois Ambash Comment Link

    Hi. Keyboard Shortcuts are great, with one exception: I have set up a shortcut for my email address. A space is automatically inserted at the end. Many sites read this as an invalid address, so I need to go back and delete the space. Is there a way to prevent a space from being added? Thank you.


    Lois Ambash

    • May 9, 2015 - 2:23 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Lois,

      this can indeed be a pain. As far as I understand, you’ll need to type a space to trigger the shortcut to be applied.
      To get the shortcut applied without the space (in iOS 8 anyway), type the shortcut characters and then tap on the text field. The shortcut will now expand with a space following it.

      Hope this helps 



  • Jun 4, 2015 - 3:13 PM - joe Comment Link

    hi I don’t really like the emoji I would rather just have :D or :) instead of the yellow ones. Is there a way to disable them?



    • Jun 5, 2015 - 3:54 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      I honestly never tried that … maybe if you remove the Emoji keyboard from your iOS device?
      In older iOS versions you had to enable this manually, but I think in iOS 8 it’s enabled by default.

      You should be able to this as follows:

      Go to “Settings” -> “General” -> “Keyboard” -> “Keyboards“.

      You should see (for example) “English” and “Emoji“.

      Tap “Edit” in the top right corner, and then swipe delete to remove the Emoji keyboard.



  • Jun 8, 2015 - 8:26 PM - DeeLavers Comment Link

     I can’t access my emoji keyboards because I won’t give full access to any keyboard!  The “full access”disclaimer states when full access is given, they can get anything I’ve posted previously 

    including credit card numbers, etc. that is an absolute invasion of my privacy!! I will not give .”full access”

    to any keyboard, as long as they have this “privacy” issue!!  Is there another way to get other keyboards?



    • Jun 9, 2015 - 3:29 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi DeeLavers!

      You make a valid point as far as “privacy” goes … unfortunately, I don’t know an alternative and am wondering right now why a keyboard would need full access as well (unless it’s to convert a shortcut to full text). 



      • Jun 9, 2015 - 11:21 PM - DeeLavers Comment Link

        Thank you for responding! I am a novice to the iPad!  I just started using it this January!! 

        I’m frustrated as I can see the emoticons! Beneath each they say copied!! If I press that, it does not print!! What do I do?thank you Dee Lavers



      • Jun 10, 2015 - 2:05 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        No problem 

        I assume you installed something that allows you to copy emoticons?
        If those are pictures, instead of characters, then that might be the reason why you can’t paste them.

        B.t.w.: Are you sure about the “Emoji” keyboard that comes with iOS and the privacy concerns you have?
        I have not read or seen anything that would confirm this.
        I did however see it with 3rd party apps that claim to handle Emoji for you.



  • Aug 26, 2015 - 1:58 AM - Ayda Comment Link


    I have a problem with keyboard…

    My keyboard appears upper than usual and I don’t know what to do.

    Thanks for your help.



  • Nov 2, 2015 - 3:42 AM - Cindy Comment Link

    Since iOS 9.2 there is a long lag when putting an emoji in my message. I press the emoji button to take me to emojis and it takes a long lag before the emojis come up. When they are up it takes a long time for emojis to appear in message. 



    • Nov 2, 2015 - 10:51 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Cindy,

      what model iPhone are you using? I can imagine that 9.2 might be pushing it with for example a iPhone 4S.

      Since I’m not experiencing this on my iPhone 5S, and my phone is relatively clean: Double check what kind of apps you have installed that might interfere. Alternative keyboard tools (like Swype and such) might interfere with the keyboard performance.

      I know this might sound like a lame answer, but consider these OS X Daily suggestions to speed up your phone – it might help as well.



      • Nov 2, 2015 - 11:03 AM - Cindy Comment Link

        Thank you for your prompt reply. I am using iPhone 6. I have done nothing different other than load iOS 6.2. I only have the emoji and English keyboard loaded. My daughter had same problem. It is SO frustrating. Doesn’t do it on my iPad. 



      • Nov 3, 2015 - 2:52 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        Well, the iPhone 6 should work smooth. I have a 5S and it works really smooth.
        I do not have a clear answer for your issues, but these are the ones I found. Please let us know what you did to fix it in case one of these tricks helped.

        I’ll just post some performance boosters (for others that read this):

        Disabling Transparency & Motion;
        “Settings” -> “General” -> “Accessibility” -> “Increase Contrast” -> “Reduce Transparency” -> “ON”.
        Next, go to “Reduce Motion” -> “ON”.

        Boost Performance By Disabling Background App Refresh
        “Settings” -> “General” -> “Background App Refresh” -> “OFF”.

        Disable Siri Suggestions for a Another Speed Increase
        “Settings” -> “General” -> “Spotlight Suggestions” -> “Siri Suggestions” -> “OFF”.

        Force a Reboot
        Sometimes forcing the device to reboot can help performance.
        Hold down the Home button and Power button until you see the  Apple logo on the screen.

        If you’d like to go back to iOS8, read this OS X Daily article.

        A website ios9News recommends (link) a reboot, reinstall of iOS9 or downgrade to iOS8 (others report lag issues as well).
        Seems to me that a reboot might be a good start, and after that I’d go try a fresh iOS9 install.

        You can do it from your iPhone or iPad by going to “Settings” -> “General” -> “Reset” -> “Erase All Content and Settings”.
        It’s a pretty drastic approach, and you better make sure you have a backup (iCloud) made just before you do so.

        In case, if your iOS 9 device is stuck in recovery mode, shows spinning wheel with Apple logo, or any other errors that stop you from accessing the Settings, then you can use your computer to perform a clean install. For this, you need the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer (Windows or Mac), a USB cable, and the device. See this article at ios9News.



  • Nov 7, 2015 - 10:36 PM - Jane Hansen Comment Link

    I am new to IPads.  This is an Ipad2 – Air.  After updating the last update a week ago, I found the Auto Fill command gone.  How can I get it back?

                    P.S.:   Where do I pay for the answer?


    Jane Hansen

    • Nov 8, 2015 - 4:00 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi Jane,

      I assume you mean the AutoFill for Safari (filling in username/password and such)?

      Normally the “AutoFill Password” button only appears when you place the cursor in a field (like “Username” or “Password”) of the website you’re on. Simply tap one of those fields should show this option.

      If it doesn’t, then check the following:

      – Settings -> iCloud -> Your account (on top) -> Passwords & Security, make sure “Two-Factor Autentication” is disabled.

      – Settings -> Safari -> AutoFill -> Names and Passwords ON.

      – Settings -> Safari -> Passwords -> See if the link and username of the website you’re trying to AutoFill is listed.

      It is very kind of you to ask where you can pay.
      Payment is not needed, but donations are appreciated. 

      You can find Donations in the upper left corner of each page of Tweaking4All.
      The easiest and cheapest way would be clicking the “Shop at Amazon” link each time before you go shopping at Amazon. It will not cost you anything and we get a tiny commission.

      Of course donations can also be done through PayPal, but PayPal doesn’t like seeing their “Donate” button on our website. So you’d have to do this manually. Subject “Support”, to: Hans at Luijten dot Net.

      But again: it’s not required … but it helps covering the costs of the webserver etc.



  • Dec 5, 2015 - 3:35 AM - Linda Comment Link

    I have the new iPad Pro and cannot understand why when I am typing emails etc, the emoji keyboard keeps opening up and inserting symbols when I have not requested it.  It happens about every 6 words or so.  It is very annoying.



    • Dec 5, 2015 - 11:39 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Nice! I wish I had an iPad Pro 

      I noticed with my own iPad and iPhone, that I coincidentally touch the “language” button (left of the space bar), which makes it toggle language and/or emoji keyboards at times,… which frankly annoys the heck out of me haha.

      Could it be that you touch that button by accident?



      • Dec 5, 2015 - 1:04 PM - Linda Comment Link

        Thank you Hans for your comment.  I am so careful about touching the wrong key because of the problem that I am doing 1 finger typing very slowly and it still happens.  I am desperate.  I love the other new functions of the new iPad but this driving me to despair.



      • Dec 6, 2015 - 10:14 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

        I’ve been trying to find an answer to the emoji issue you’re running into, but have not been able to find anything … 

        If you’re near an Apple Store, I’d recommend paying them a visit and ask one of their Geniuses …?
        I’d love to hear the solution though!



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  • May 3, 2016 - 6:02 PM - M. Jacobson Comment Link

    I really appreciate this collection of tips and shortcuts. I haven’t found such a complete source in one article. Thank you for taking the time to compile them. 


    M. Jacobson

    • May 4, 2016 - 4:04 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hi M.Jacobson!

      Thank you for the “thank-you” note, and you’re most welcome – glad it was helpful for you!  



  • Oct 25, 2016 - 12:01 PM - Anikan555 Comment Link

    Hello plz put more tricks with keyboards love them!😝



  • Jan 4, 2017 - 5:42 AM - Jóhannes Comment Link


    great discussions on this site… :)

    I got this question, hoping someone can help.

    I have a logitec plus bluetooth keyboard for my ipad air 2. 

    my problem is that I use my native language, and some of our letters won’t work even if the “on-screen” keyboard is working perfectly.

    – on our usual keyboard we have the letters “ø-Ø” – “æ-Æ” and “ð – Ð”  they are located on the left side of the keyboard,

    I can use my native language for the letter “ð” but for the letter “ø” I have to change language and then press on the key associated to the letter.

    is it possible to change the letter association for each key “permanent”? as in “modify my keyboard inputs”



    • Jan 4, 2017 - 8:52 AM - hans - Author: Comment Link

      Hello Jóhannes!

      Thanks for the compliment! 

      Unfortunately, I do not have a good answer to the issue you’re running into. I’m not sure, but it might be that the keyboard actually has to generate the special characters, to then pass these (over Bluetooth) to your iPad.

      What might help (if you haven’t tried already): If your keyboard has a “Command” key (⌘), then try typing those special characters using that.

      Or enter special characters as done under Mac OS – I’m not very familiar with this, since my native language doesn’t use many special characters, but as an example to type an umlaut (German) I use ALT+U, and then type the character I want an umlaut for, say an “a” -> ä.

      A good list (if this works for a Bluetooth keyboard connected to an iPad) for known shortcuts:

      A discussion at StackExchange (link) might be helpful as well.

      Please let us know if one of these methods worked for you – or if you found a better alternative! 



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