Increase typing accuracy by learning built-in iOS shortcuts that provide quick access to number keys, undo and redo entries, and more.
Apple shocked the world by announcing that the first iPhone would rely solely on the on-screen keyboard for typing. Fortunately, Apple had a bit of magic working behind the scenes to ensure the correct letters were typed, increasing the size of the ringtone based on the completion of a word the user was typing.
Apple’s on-screen keyboard has become the fastest way to enter text on a mobile device and they have significantly improved the experience over the years through some software advancements in iOS.
In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through six ways to improve your typing speed and accuracy on iOS devices using shortcuts that you can implement in your daily workflows. By doing this, you can easily increase the speed and quality of writing on iPhone.
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QuickPath (aka swipe typing) is a tool released with iOS 13. It allows you to type quickly (with one hand in most cases) by simply running your finger between the letters of the word you want to type; IOS will find out what word you are trying to spell and will type it as soon as you remove your finger from the screen.
This is one of the fastest ways to insert text into a document in your Iphone. This function also works on iPadBut when we type on the iPad, we prefer to use the almost full-size on-screen keyboard or a physical keyboard attached to the iPad.
Whenever you lift your finger after typing a word, QuickPath automatically inserts a space between words, so you don’t need to touch the space bar. Give QuickPath a try and see if you can improve your typing speed by sliding your finger on the keyboard.
If this QuickPath feature is not enabled, you can enable it by following these steps:
- Open the Settings app.
- Select General | Keyboard.
- Make sure the switch to Slide to Write is enabled.
2. Quick access to the number
One of the downsides to the iPhone keyboard is that there are no dedicated number line keys on the QWERTY keyboard. As a result, you have to touch the number pad by selecting the number button and then tapping the desired number.
However, there is a faster and easier way to enter the numeric keypad and select the desired number and quickly return to the QWERTY keyboard.
To do this, one-touch tap the number key on the QWERTY keyboard and without lifting your finger, drag it to the number key you want to type. When you remove your finger from the screen, the number pad will disappear and you will automatically return to the QWERTY keyboard to start typing again.
This is great when you only need to enter a numeric digit or two on the numeric keypad and then quickly re-enter text.
3. Swipe to undo or redo
When you accidentally type something, you can easily undo it by placing three fingers on the screen and sliding your finger to the left on the screen. This performs the Undo action in the text editor on iOS.
If you don’t want to delete something, take three fingers and slide your finger to the right on the screen. This will perform the Redo action and recover the deleted text.
This quick and easy undo and redo action will save you time shaking to undo or tapping three fingers on the screen to open the edit bar.
4. Move the cursor
This feature has been one of our favorites since Apple released it with Force Touch in 2014. Now all iOS devices can take advantage of the text cursor when typing (Figure a)
When you’re in a long document and need to move the cursor, you don’t need to try to touch the text to place the insertion cursor – instead, just tap and hold the spacebar on your keyboard. When you do this, the on-screen keyboard keys will disappear (Figure A) and you can use the keyboard area as a trackpad. Move your finger and it will move the insertion cursor in the text area, allowing you to position it exactly where you want to start inserting the new text.
5. Use predictions and text replacement
One of the ways to improve the reliability of your text is to use the prediction toolbar on the keyboard to correct spelling errors when you type. You can display the forecast bar by tapping and holding the Emoji key on the keyboard and then tapping Keyboard Settings from the menu that appears. Make sure forecast change is enabled (Figure B) With this option enabled, the forecasts will appear in the gray bar above the keyboard as you type. Touch any of the words to complete and insert the word into the text area.
In addition to the preview keyboard, you can use text replacement shortcuts to convert them to longer formatted text. Find out more in our previous article on iOS keyboard tips and tricks.
6. Restart the keyboard when things are not right
The iOS keyboard learns from you as you type, but if you experience some oddities with the iOS keyboard, such as buttons being accidentally pressed while typing or misspelled predictions appear, you can reset the software keyboard to its default value.
To reset the iOS keyboard, follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app.
- Select General | Restart.
- Select Reset keyboard dictionary and enter your iOS password to proceed with the reset (Figure C)
After resetting the keyboard dictionary, your iOS keyboard will start training again on the way you type. You may need to add custom words back to the dictionary – when you type and an incorrect prediction appears, tap the leftmost word in the prediction bar to accept its spelling and it will suggest that spelling for you in the future.