Don’t let apostrophes slow you down on the iPad

Don’t let apostrophes slow you down on the iPad
Mac Tip #482, 13 April 2011

Do you fumble around trying to get to the apostrophe on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch? This week Jo Fothergill explains a handy shortcut for apostrophes, speech marks and accented vowels.

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This guest Tip is written by Jo Fothergill.

Jo Fothergill. Jo Fothergill is a primary school teacher working with 8 & 9 year old students in New Zealand. Having spent the last 30 years playing with computers, Jo has spent the last 8 years exploring all that is Mac.

The apostrophe’s missing!

I love my iPad and so do the students in my class (8-9 year olds). But I was a little irked at the lack of an apostrophe and speech marks on the keyboard.

While they are there, they’re not on the first keyboard screen and it’s a pain having to go to the next screen while you’re typing.

Comma and fullstop do the trick!

Never fear there’s a very cool trick to this. The two keys to the right of M hold a secret. If you hold down the keys you’ll see that the !/, key also has an apostrophe and the ?/. key has a speech mark.

And if you’re wanting to use them on the fly just do a quick swipe up on the appropriate key to get the punctuation mark you want.

Accents too

You can also find accented vowels by holding the vowel key and waiting for them to pop up.

Miraz adds: not just vowels either. Try holding down the n or c keys and other consonants to see what other options you have.

Thanks to Jo for this Tip. It was originally scheduled for a weekend but I was too unwell to write a Tip this week. I appreciate the assistance.

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  1. Maureen said:

    I do that too, Miraz! Wouldn’t it be nice if all the Apple products were consistent in those little things?

    But then again, when I’m on my PC at home, I keep trying to squeeze the sides of the mouse to see what other programs I have open….

  2. Maureen said:

    Unless I’m missing something, I don’t think this works in iPhone4. There are no punctuation marks at all on the first page of the keyboard. The only trick I know is to tap the space bar twice to type a period followed by a space at the end of a sentence. Auto-correct will create some words with apostrophes (“I’ve” for instance) but not others (“we’re” vs. “were” – it defaults to “were”).

    • Miraz Jordan said:

      Thanks for pointing that out Maureen. I must say switching between keyboards for iPhone 4 and iPad keeps catching me out on those small points.

      But then I also keep typing double spaces on my Mac and expect it to insert a full stop. :-)

  3. Mel said:

    Found this through BlogHer — thank you so much! I’ve been switching back and forth between the two keyboards and found it so annoying. Just got out my iPad and tried it and it works. Just saved me a lot of time. Thank you.

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