This is the third of a series of articles on how to get the most out of your iPhone.  I have been using iPhones for more than five years and have discovered hundreds of useful features within this marvelous device.  These articles will help you discover the hidden power of your iPhone.

Entering and Editing Text in Your IPhone

The keyboard is used for Mail, Messages, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, Search, Safari, correcting dictated entries, and any app requiring text entry. Here are some terrific tips to enhance your iPhone keyboard experience. Once these hidden features are familiar to you, keyboarding can be fun!

How to quickly end a sentence with a period: Simply double-tap the spacebar. This will insert a period at the end of the sentence, add a space, and upshift to capitalize the next word.

How to undo a mistake: What if you delete text, for example, by accidentally typing a character when text is highlighted? The entire highlighted text disappears and is replaced by that single character? Bad news! Where is the Undo key? Here is the trick: Shake the iPhone! The Undo buttons pop up, waiting for you to tap Undo and restore your work. How cool is that!

The examples here use the Notes app, but this will work on any app.

Selecting text is the secret to easy editing. First, you need to have the keyboard on the screen. You can’t edit without it. Tap anywhere in editable text to pop up the keyboard.

How to insert the cursor:
Tap somewhere in the text and you will see the cursor. Hold your finger on the cursor and slide it to exactly where you want to insert or delete text.

How to select a word: Double tap the word. The word will be highlighted with a little selection handle at each end. Use your finger to drag the selection handles to modify the highlighted selection to multiple words or part of a word. Here I have selected the words iPhone Workshop.

Once you have made your selection, notice that there is a popup with a list of options: Cut, Copy, Paste, BIU, and .  Just like on your PC or Mac, you can perform these simple editing steps. You can cut or copy and select and paste it somewhere else, even into another app. Tap BIU to change the selected text to Bold, Italic, or Underlined. Tap the  to explore other options available such as Define, Share, and Replace. Not all options are available for some apps: you can’t edit a received email unless you tap Reply first; you can’t edit text on a Webpage or iBook, but you can use Copy, Define, and others.

Jake Jacobs

Jake Jacobs

Jake Jacobs is a retired electrical engineer. He has worked many years in the high- tech arenas of Silicon Valley, MIT, and Orange County, where he co-founded a medical device company. He has taught introductory computer science at Stanford University. He has created and taught iPhone workshops locally for three years.
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