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Modifying Keyboard Settings

If you use your iPad for email or word processing, you will use the on-screen keyboard a lot. The keyboard does several things to make it easier for you to type, but some of these might get in the way of your typing style. Use the following steps to modify the keyboard settings to your preferences.

  1. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.

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  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Keyboard.
  4. Turn Auto-Capitalization on to automatically make the first character of a name or a sentence a capital letter.
  5. Turn Auto-Correction on to have mistyped words automatically corrected.
  6. Turn on or off to control whether possible misspellings are indicated.
  7. Turn Enable Caps Lock on or off. By default, this is off. When Caps Lock is enabled, you double-tap the shift key to lock it.
  8. Turn on the “.” Shortcut if you want a double-tap of the spacebar to insert a period followed by a space.
  9. Use the International Keyboards button to choose a different keyboard layout. In addition to keyboards commonly used in other countries, you can switch to a Dvorak keyboard or one of several other alternatives to the traditional QWERTY keyboard.
  10. If you want to lock the keyboard so it can never be split and moved up vertically, then switch this to off. See “Using the On-Screen Keyboard” in Chapter 1.
  11. You can turn off or on the dictation button that will appear on the standard on-screen keyboard. See “Dictating Text” in Chapter 1.
  12. You can add your own shortcuts. For instance, when you type “omw,” it will instantly expand to “On my way!” Add your own shortcuts for things you commonly type.
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