How to use keyboard shortcuts on your iPad

Keyboard shortcuts are some of the most useful timesaving tricks the iPad has to offer. They’re great for when you don’t want to sound like a tween, but would rather not take the time to spell out “talk to you later.”

You may have already encountered a few of the shortcuts that come standard on many Apple products. One will immediately add a period after an extra tap on the space bar. Another instantly corrects common contractions and misspellings – conveniently changing “cant” to “can’t.” Manual shortcuts operate much the same way.

To enter your own keyboard shortcuts, go to Settings > General > Keyboard and tap “Add New Shortcut…” From here, you can enter any phrase and a corresponding shortcut.

The possibilities for keyboard shortcuts are really up to you. Shortcuts can be as simple as shortening “in my opinion” to “imo” or more complicated, like shortening “zinc-rich epoxy coating” to “zrec.”

Once you’ve entered a phrase to shorten and a matching shortcut, tap “Save” and you’re all set. Shortening phrases you find yourself using often should make typing out those long emails a little less painstaking.

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