Control The Virtual Keyboard On Your iPad

Every time I turn around I see people hard at work on their iPad.  Personally, I prefer a real keyboard to the virtual one, but sometimes all you have handy is the virtual one, so the best thing to do is, within reason, make it do what you want it to do.  Here are a few tips that might help you.

At issue is Auto-Capitalization, Auto-Correction, Spell Check, Caps Lock, and Automatic Periods at the Ends of Sentences.

To address all of these issues open the Settings app and tap General and then tap Keyboard. (It’s toward the bottom.)

iPad Virtual Keyboard Settings Window

For each of the five areas you have the option of having them on or off.  My favorite is the “.” shortcut.  At the end of a sentence I can add a period by simply double spacing.

Some people love Auto-Correction and some despise it.  Whichever camp you fall into, you can have that feature on or off.  Although it sometimes irritates me by guessing incorrectly I find it is worth it just because it will automatically add the apostrophe to contractions meaning I don’t have to switch between the alphabet keyboard and the number keyboard.

When Auto-Capitalization is turned on, the beginning word in each sentence will automatically be capitalized.  Touch typist probably won’t like this feature.  Neither will anyone who starts sentences with iPad, iPod, or anything else that starts with an “i”.  Hunt and peck typists may just love it – no slowing down for those pesky capital letters.

Spell Check is spell check.  It works like spell check in any other Apple product, but if you don’t want it, you can easily turn it off.

Enable Caps Lock is a very useful feature. Without it, if you want to type several capital letters, say WWCD, on the virtual keyboard, you have to select the shift key before each letter.  With is activated, you can tap the shift key twice, type as many capital letters as needed, and then tap the shift key again to disengage it.

Hope this helps smooth your way.

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