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Easier typing of periods and commas on the iPhone iOS devices
Due to space constraints, the virtual keyboard on the iPhone doesn't include any punctuation. Instead, you press a .?123 key to bring up the numbers and punctuation keyboard. However, this is a bit of a pain when typing an email -- adding a comma or a period requires three taps: one to bring up the alternate keyboard, one to press the period, and another to return to the normal keyboard.

However, Andrew McCallum sent a tip to David Pogue, who then published it on this page that makes the process much simpler: instead of using a tap-release, just tap-and-hold the .?123 key, then slide your finger onto the period (or comma). As soon as you touch the period or comma, it's inserted into your text, and the normal ABC keyboard returns! It takes a bit of practice to get used to this action, but once you do, it's much faster.

In the comments to my blog post on the Macworld iPhone page, a reader commented that you can do the same thing more easily by just double-tapping the Space Bar. In my testing, however, I couldn't make that work (at least not in Notes or Mail).
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Easier typing of periods and commas on the iPhone
Authored by: greenldr on Jul 05, '07 08:53:06AM

Actually, if after hitting the key to bring up the punctuation keypad and typing any symbol, just hitting the spacebar (like you would anyway after a period) brings back the normal alphabet keypad...



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Easier typing of periods and commas on the iPhone
Authored by: robg on Jul 05, '07 09:14:24AM

That's still an extra tap :).

-rob.



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Easier typing of periods and commas on the iPhone
Authored by: steigen on Jul 05, '07 10:06:09AM

Press and hold also helps reduce typing errors. If you land on "M" you can just slide over and release when "n" pops up.



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Easier typing of periods and commas on the iPhone
Authored by: macavenger on Jul 05, '07 12:49:55PM

True, but why bother? Just let the iPhone correct it for you after the fact! :)

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Easier typing of periods and commas on the iPhone
Authored by: subrok on Jul 06, '07 05:24:10AM

On the BlackBerry, if you put *2* spaces after a word, it will automatically insert a period. Very handy. I'd love to see something like this on the iPhone (future software update?).



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