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 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.
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
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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