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Shake to undo in iOS iOS devices
I haven't been able to find this documented in the iOS manual, but it appears that you can 'shake' to undo following actions: typing text, cut, copy or paste.

It can only undo the immediate most recent action, and doesn't allow 'multiple undo.'

This works in Safari, Mail, Notes, and various apps.

[crarko adds: This has been around since iPhone 3.0, and I was surprised to see we didn't have a previous hint about it. So I'm running it mostly for the sake of completeness.]
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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: anakin on Oct 21, '10 08:38:16AM

Good hint to post, not everyone knows about this feature.

The shake undo was aded along with copy/cut/paste.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: dokun on Oct 21, '10 08:51:26AM

I don't know how one could have missed this function. My iPhone 4 is so sensitive that the feature is triggered just by me walking down the sidewalk trying to text.

Does anyone know how to turn Shake to Undo OFF?



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: robogobo on Oct 21, '10 03:50:02PM

the only way is to Jailbreak and install ShakeToUndo Killer, which works with SBSettings, providing a toggle to turn it on or off. It's still a pain, because unlike the iPad, there's no keyboard undo button. But it's helpful for riding in the bus or other times when undo goes nuts.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: binaryghost on Oct 21, '10 08:56:39AM

Another good hint would be How to Disable Shake to Undo. If anyone knows, enlighten me. I hate walking down stairs with text messaging open and it constantly asking me to undo.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: ateichman on Oct 21, '10 09:06:24AM

I was aware of it, but really wish that they back it up with some kind of button/menu. Shaking an iPhone is easy. Shaking an iPad is just plain awkward.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: robogobo on Oct 21, '10 04:28:09PM

The iPad has an undo button on the number keyboard.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on Oct 21, '10 09:29:41AM

This hint is wrong about multiple undos. I have done so many times when typing. On the second shake, the dialog asks if you want to redo the last change or undo another.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: solefald on Oct 21, '10 09:41:48AM

Stupidest feature ever. And its impossible to run it off, even if you are jailbroken. Argh!!!



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: robogobo on Oct 21, '10 04:02:14PM

ShakeToUndo Killer on Cydia.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: Mac Berry on Oct 21, '10 09:56:14AM
I'm going to sound very negative here, but I'm seriously considering removing this site from my bookmarks :(

A hint is not a hint just because not everyone knows about it. It's a hint because it's a clever way to do something previously impossible or more difficult, or is a hidden feature, or similar. It's something most people won't know about, not something some people won't. In general, I don't see pointing out a standard feature of the OS as a hint.

Lets try a few more shall we:

- "To move the curser while typing……………"

- "To make it easier to get back to the app store when it exits to install a new app on a far flung page, quickly tap the page immediately after the app store exits". Oh no hang on, we've had that one. How about;

- "To make it easier to get back to the app store when it exits to install a new app on a far flung page, press the home button"

If we're going to have hints published simply because they're a feature that's not been listed here before, lets change the site name to "Mac OS X Feature List".

So "shake to undo" isn't a hint. "Do ???? to make undo easier on an iPad", would be (if someone can come up with a way).

I think some quality control is called for ;)

IMHO, obviously :)

Mark

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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: marksch on Oct 21, '10 11:01:10AM

I agree.

"To turn on your laptop..."

Mark (yes, also)

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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: crarko on Oct 21, '10 05:42:11PM

The Submit Hint link is on the upper left, guys. Nobody is stopping you from making a contribution.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: David Allen on Oct 21, '10 06:27:52PM
I'm seriously considering removing this site from my bookmarks
Do not let the screened door hit you in your unhappy assets on your way out!

Just because something does not fit your definition of a hint, does not make it not a hint. This site used to have a lot more hints published in a day but it has slowed considerably. Perhaps if you quit belly aching and contributed, it seems that you have been pointed to the submission button, there would be more/better hints to publish.
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Monterrey, NL, Mexico


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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: brunow on Oct 21, '10 11:32:06AM

@ both guys named Mark

I think this is a great site, no need to be so negative.
Some things you already know, some things you don't.
While I consider myself a heavy mac user, and knowing quite a lot about the mac, this is the first time I heard about this "shake to undo in iOS".

Like most people, I'm not a manual reader (is there actually a manual for the iPhone?)
I've got better things to do in my life.
So this site is great in pointing out hidden (or not very obvious) features.

You guys seem to have all the time in the world to read the manual from first to last page, and of course also to send negative comments.
Maybe you should find yourself something interesting to do, that will save the rest of us from having to read your stupid comments.

Just my 5 cents.

(and sorry for the bad English, but this is not my mother tongue)




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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: Mac Berry on Oct 21, '10 03:24:29PM

You've missed the point. There's nothing wrong with listing all of the features of something, for people to read through and find ones they hadn't spotted, but doing so isn't a hint. At least, not in the way this site used to give them.

This site used to be a place you could come to find interesting undocumented ways to make the most of Apple products; useful things you were unlikely to find elsewhere. If this kind of thing is going to be accepted as a hint (not to mention the even worse one, published recently, about getting back to the home screen when installing an app; far harder than the fully supported and bleedin' obvious method), then we would be better off simply having a list.

I'm just asking for a return to the days when we had quality, not quantity, here. Crarko said it himself; he said he was posting it for completeness. This site didn't use to be about completeness, it used to be about quality hints.

Mark



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: marksch on Oct 21, '10 03:48:05PM

IMHO it is obvious and not hidden, but apparently not everybody things so. I can only hope the editor will consider both our opinions and respond to it with a sound argument, which settles this matter for once and for all.

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Mark

Economy-x-Talk
Have your own custom software created
http://economy-x-talk.com



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: sourdoughjosh on Oct 21, '10 07:07:16PM

Mark & Mark are absolutely correct. You have missed the point, as has the person who calls them "hint snobs."

This is:
1) A feature clearly documented in the manual.
2) Bloody obvious to anyone who owns and iPhone that they don't keep mounted on a steadycam.

Documenting this is a hint is no different from documenting that the red circle closes windows in the Finder.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: cpragman on Oct 21, '10 11:36:06AM

Is it really a "hint" when it was demonstrated in a Keynote?



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: robogobo on Oct 21, '10 04:01:02PM

Hint snobs, if you already know it, just move on. This site is for documentation of things that are not clearly documented in whatever sparse official documentation Apple publishes, and is very useful for people searching for... hints. Imagine that. It's not just a place for geeks to show off their knowledge, or a competition for the most clever hacks and hidden preferences. No matter what you think qualifies as a hint, someone else knows it already, and that person can scoff and say they already knew it. But hundreds of others didn't know it. That's why crarko said he posted it for completeness. That's the same way robg did it, and if you were around in the early days, there were few snobs to say what was and wasn't a hint.

So, button it. If it bothers you so much, perhaps removing the bookmark is the best for everyone.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: crisss1205 on Oct 21, '10 04:58:02PM
1) This was in 3.0
2) it is documented on page 39 of the user guide (Located Here)
3) It can do multiple undo's, just undo and then shake again.
4) It works in all apps that have a text box.

Please revise this post.

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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: conundrum on Oct 22, '10 07:22:54AM

@ crisss1205

I just read page 39 of the manual and there is nothing about multiple undo there. It only says "Undo the last edit: Shake iPhone and tap Undo".

Edited on Oct 22, '10 07:27:23AM by conundrum



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: Mac Berry on Oct 22, '10 12:30:20AM

@ various; you do realise do you that when you resort to personal insults, all you do is mask any valid point you might be making?

If you don't agree with my feedback, fine, say so; you might even convince me, but name calling and labelling someone as stupid just because you don't agree simply marks you down as someone who can't express an opinion in an adult manner.

I don't think this kind of "hint" fits here, and have done the site the courtesy of providing that feedback with an explanation of why. Are you saying that only positive feedback is acceptable?

And "if you don't like it, move on" is a cop out. All that says is " I like it like it is, can't be bothered to enter into a proper discussion about it, so will try to silence anyone I don't agree with". It certainly doesn't help the site owners understand their readership.

If the majority really do want this site to list every feature of each OS, that's fine, and I'll contribute a massive list myself, but I don't think that is what a lot of people want, and it's certainly not what the site used to be.

Mark



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: crarko on Oct 22, '10 03:05:26AM

I don't speak for anybody else, but I'll say this to all of you: if you don't like a particular hint, spend your time developing a better one. It's a better use of that time than going after the other posters.

If you can't do that, then cut the other people that do bother to contribute a little slack.

And if you can't do that, send me a PM and we'll work that out.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: Mac Berry on Oct 22, '10 06:24:49AM

If my original comment was aimed at anyone, it was you, not the hint submitter, but even then in the spirit of providing feedback, not to insult you.

I can't see how whether or not I'm able or ready to post a "better" hint has anything to do with whether or not I should give feedback on this one? It's not a competition is it? I don't earn commenting rights by posting better hints do I? If I do, then I certainly qualify, having sent several in the past.

I'll send you a PM.

Mark



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: conundrum on Oct 22, '10 07:26:39AM

@ MacBerry

While I agree with you to an extent and respect your comment(s), your list of "hints" at the beginning was pretty condescending. Plus, I didn't really see anyone calling you stupid.

There apparently seems to be some confusion about this "feature". Some think there is multiple undo, some don't, some didn't even know it existed.

Maybe we should have a Mac OS X Hints PRO area.

Edited on Oct 22, '10 07:29:07AM by conundrum



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: David Allen on Oct 22, '10 11:27:33AM

There is no courtesy involved when you begin the "feedback" with a threat to leave and not return if things are not quickly changed to suit you.

That is pure Diva behavior! Diva never looks good on a geek.

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Dah•veed |David Allen|
Monterrey, NL, Mexico



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: zongamin on Oct 22, '10 10:39:31AM

Not a hint at all - it was in the Keynote for 3.0



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 22, '10 11:44:23AM

While this was one of the branded features of iPhone OS 3, this is the one that I am always forgetting exists. Maybe I am just not using my iPod in as turbulent environments as some of the other commenters, but rarely trigger this accidentally, and hence usually don't even have it in my mind that it exists.

On the other hand, it still probably shouldn't be a hint. I think something more useful would be a hint that actually enumerates all the different things that can be undone. That would be actually useful information, and I doubt it is documented.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: NaOH-Lye on Oct 22, '10 12:06:38PM

We are in a bit of a difficult time here. Since 10.6 was largely focused on underlying code refinement to 10.5 and delivered few user-facing changes, we're essentially on our third year of seeking hints for the same OS. More precisely, it's been 1,092 days since 10.5 was released. In that time, this site has published 3,024 hints. Considering nothing is published on weekends or US holidays, that's an average of more than three hints per day.

The OS appears to be mostly tapped of hints, and there aren't that many wide-use applications or software suites which engender hints, like virtualization software, productivity suites (e.g., Office), etc. Even the applications and software which Apple has continually updated, like iTunes or iOS, are largely void of hard-to-find or clever hints.

Yes, in lean times like these it can be a fine line between publishing something that some see as a hint and others see as a readily apparent capability. Considering the circumstances, I think Craig has done well walking this line based on the fact that the overwhelming majority of what is published here is submitted by users. In fact, I think Craig has done just fine in his role as site editor.

We are always constrained by multiple forces: 1) what software developers release, 2) what software a large number of people are using, and 3) our collective ability to discover hints. Obviously, there's only one portion of that equation over which we can exert some control. I think that's the area around which we can all accept responsibility and where we should focus our energies.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: crarko on Oct 22, '10 01:02:56PM

While I appreciate the support, I agree that this one walks a fine line. This hint was actually submitted twice, and in the revision there was a bit more added to it. Since the author went to the trouble of doing that extra work unprompted, I decided to publish it.

My goal with the 'completeness' thing, is when someone does a web search on a question they have, there is a place where they can come to get clear answers, and maybe additional information (via the comments) that they hadn't considered before. Looking back through videos of a keynote aren't a big winner for efficiency there.

The other thing going on here is a show of hostility between some of the users of the site. There's absolutely nothing here that's worth that. Please cease and desist.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: robogobo on Oct 23, '10 01:33:58PM

I agree 100%. I often send people to this site who are new to the Mac. It's without exception the most complete and unabridged (ahem, Apple Discussion Forums) Mac documentation source. I absolutely can't stand when the überhackers get on here with their "not a hint" banter, trying to put others down to show off how much they know.



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Shake to undo in iOS
Authored by: spaceMan on Oct 27, '10 01:00:20PM

As the submitter, my apologies for not vetting this ahead of time. I had missed the one line in the iOS manual that mentions shake to undo the last edit.

I would have no problem having this "hint" removed due to my error in posting in the first place.

Overall I would agree with earlier comments that this site is an excellent go to site for new and seasoned MacOS users, as well as new and seasoned iOS users.

thanks!

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