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.