iOS 4: Keyboard Magic with E-mail & Web Addresses

| TMO Quick Tip

The keyboard on your iOS device has tons of hidden shortcuts. For example, you can hold down any of the letters to get accented characters if they’re available.

This same trick also works for some special symbols; holding on the dollar sign will give you other currencies, doing so on the zero will allow you to insert a degree symbol, and so on. But did you know that you can make your iPhone fill in “.net,” “.org,” “.edu,” and the like? Here’s how.

First, you’ll need to select a field that may contain a top-level domain (which is fancy talk for the last part of a domain name, like the “.com” in “apple.com”). This only works in specific places, such as the “To” line of an outgoing e-mail, the address bar in Safari, or within the e-mail/home page fields for contacts. When you’re ready to fill in the information, tap and hold on the existing .com button (Safari) or on the period (Mail). When you do so, you’ll be presented with the available options for your viewing and filling pleasure. You can then drag your finger and release to insert the correct one.

Here’s the view from an e-mail.

 

And here’s Safari’s version.

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Comments

ibuck

Great tip. Thank you. . . and give us more!

Z.

What’s the little “globe” icon? My keyboard doesn’t have that.

Lee Dronick

What?s the little ?globe? icon? My keyboard doesn?t have that.

Neither does mine, at least that I can find. Also my 123 button is either _123 or @123 (when in Safari)

Dr. Yes

The globe appears as soon as you activate more than one keyboard layout in the settings. Perhaps the space needed for the additional key - the globe - leads to a less wide “123” with no room for the “_” or “@”.

Lee Dronick

The globe appears as soon as you activate more than one keyboard layout in the settings. Perhaps the space needed for the additional key - the globe - leads to a less wide ?123? with no room for the ?_? or ?@?.

Thanks. I added several keyboards and pressing the globe button changes to the next language. I need the screen real estate so I removed them all except for English US. There are a lot of interesting settings in the Keyboard preference, change from the QWERTY layout and such.

Melissa Holt

Thank you. . . and give us more!

You’re welcome! Thank you for reading.

Melissa Holt

What?s the little ?globe? icon?

Hi Z.,

As others have noted, it’s a different keyboard language . . . in my case, it’s for the Emoji emoticon app, which works through the “International Keyboard” preference.

Lee Dronick

This Emoji app, does it create an inline image of a smiley face or what ever emoticon you chose to use?

Melissa Holt

This Emoji app, does it create an inline image of a smiley face or what ever emoticon you chose to use?

It doesn’t convert an existing smiley (as in, if you type a colon followed by a closed parenthesis, it won’t automatically become a picture). You choose the special keyboard globe icon and manually insert whatever symbol you’d like. However, I don’t usually use it with anything other than IMs to folks with iPhones, as I know that it might not show up properly if the person on the other end is using a different device.

Lee Dronick

I just bought the Emoji app and am having trouble getting it to work. I can’t get the Emoji keyboard. I bought it via my iPad2 and not through iTunes, so maybe that is the problem. I am currently doing some web research looking for help.

Melissa Holt

I can?t get the Emoji keyboard.

I’d try rebooting your phone.

The Emoji app I have was a free version (it’s the one from Awesomest Inc.), so you might want to try that if you can’t get yours to play nice.

Lee Dronick

I?d try rebooting your phone.

Currently it is only on my iPad 2. Anyway I did a hard reboot and no joy. There is no Emoji keyboard in the Settings.

I am going to synch to my iMac, then plug in my iPhone and synch the app to that.

Lee Dronick

Oy!

Emoji works on my iPhone 3GS, but not on my iPad 2. Although I can see the emoticon graphic in a received email, sent from the iphone. On my MBP I see a rectangle.

I looked in the comments for the app in the iTunes Store and someone said to hold down the HD key in the app until another window opens where you can turn it on. I did that on the iPhone, but on my iPad it prompts me to upgrade to iOS 4.2.1 when I am running 4.3.3. I a going to delete the app and reload it via iTunes.

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