The iPad’s Keyboard Can Type Symbols Faster in iOS 11: Here’s How

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The iPad obtained plenty of updates in iOS 11 to make it a greater productiveness device. Together with headline stuff like multitasking, you’ll in all probability discover that the keyboard obtained an overhaul. Whereas it might appear just a little cluttered at first, it’s really a giant enchancment. Here’s what’s modified and the best way to use it.

The very first thing you’ll discover is that, somewhat than exhibiting simply the letters on every key, iOS 11 additionally exhibits a smaller, gentle gray image. In iOS 10 and earlier, you used to entry these symbols by first tapping the “123” key, after which for those who wished a extra esoteric image, tapping the #+= key. This nonetheless works as you’ll be able to see under.

There’s, nonetheless, now a greater option to kind any of those symbols. As a substitute of getting to faucet  the “123” button first, you’ll be able to faucet the important thing the image is on, swipe down a small quantity, after which launch the important thing. This sorts the image somewhat than the letter (or the extra esoteric image somewhat than the common image for those who’ve already hit 123). Within the GIF under, you’ll be able to see how I kind a semi-colon by tapping and swiping down on the N key.

This technique of typing takes just a little little bit of getting used to, however when you’ve obtained the cling of it, it makes typing symbols in your iPad a lot faster.


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