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9 typing tips every Android and iOS user should know

Ben Patterson | Feb. 5, 2015
Wish it were a little easier to type in ALL CAPS on your Android or iPhone, or ever get stumped while looking for the em dash? What about typing letters with accent marks, or dealing with cumbersome URLs? Or maybe you're just hankering for an alternative to tapping on a slippery glass screen.

Just tap and hold the key for the dollar sign. When you do, a pop-up bubble will display a series of additional money-minded options.

6. Em dash & bullets (Android & iOS)

I've rarely met an em dash I haven't liked — and come to think of it, I'm also a sucker for bulleted lists. How does someone like me survive typing on an Android phone or iPhone? Easy.

Tap and hold the dash key to reveal even more dashing buttons, including the em dash, a bullet key, and the indispensable underscore.

Bonus tip: Try tapping and holding other symbol keys. For example, you'll find "curly" quotes by tapping and holding the quote key.

7. Emoticons galore (Android & iOS)

For iOS, you'll first need to enable the emoji keyboard. Tap Settings > General > Keyboard, tap Keyboard (again), then check to see if "Emoji" is in the list of installed keyboards. Not there? Then tap "Add New Keyboard" and find Emoji in the list. Now head to the keyboard, tap the key with the globe icon, and feast your eyes on all the emoticons.

8. Talk instead of type (Android & iOS)

It's easy to forget that both iOS and Android phones will take dictation whenever you're not in the mood to type.

Just tap the little microphone icon on the keyboard. For iOS, it's to the left of the space bar, while on Android phones it's sitting in the top-right corner (assuming you're using the "stock" Android keyboard).

9. A shortcut for oft-used symbol keys (Android)

On the stock Android keyboard, there's no need to flip to an alternate set of keys to get to the exclamation mark, the percent sign, or other everyday symbols. (See the lead image at the top of the article.)

Instead, just tap and hold the period key. When you do, a pop-up of more than a dozen common symbols will appear — everything from the ampersand key (&) to the question mark.


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