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Setting Keyboard, Language, and Format Options

You’ll be working with text in many apps on your iPhone. You can customize a number of keyboard- and format-related options so text appears and behaves the way you want it to. You can also choose the language your iPhone uses to communicate to you.

Setting Keyboard Preferences

You use the iPhone’s keyboard to input text in many apps, including Mail, Messages, and so on. A number of settings determine how the keyboard works.

  1. On the Settings screen, tap General.

  2. Swipe up the screen.
  3. Tap Keyboard.

  4. Tap Keyboards. This enables you to activate more keyboards so that you can choose a specific language’s keyboard when you are entering text. At the top of the screen, you see the keyboards that are available to you.

  5. Tap Add New Keyboard.

  6. Swipe up and down the screen to browse the available keyboards.
  7. Tap the keyboard you want to add.

  8. Tap the keyboard you added in step 7.

  9. Tap the keyboard layout you want to use.
  10. Tap Keyboards.

  11. Repeat steps 5–10 to add and configure additional keyboards.
  12. Tap Keyboards. (Note that the Shortcuts option is explained in the next task.)

  13. To prevent your iPhone from automatically capitalizing as you type, set Auto-Capitalization to off (white). The iPhone no longer changes the case of letters as you type them.
  14. To disable the automatic spell checking/correction, set Auto-Correction to off (white). Your iPhone no longer automatically suggests corrections to what you type.
  15. To disable the iPhone’s Spell Checker, set the Check Spelling switch to off (white). You’ll be on your own spelling-wise.
  16. To disable the Caps Lock function, set the Enable Caps Lock to off (white). The Caps Lock function won’t be available to you when you tap the Shift key twice.
  17. To disable the iPhone’s Predictive Text feature (see Chapter 1), set the Predictive switch to off (white). You won’t be able to use the predictive text bar to enter text.
  18. To disable the shortcut that types a period followed by a space when you tap the spacebar twice, set the “.” Shortcut switch to off (white). You must tap a period and the spacebar to type these characters when you end a sentence.

Creating and Working with Text Shortcuts

Text shortcuts are useful because you can use just a few letters to type a series of words. You type the shortcut, and it is replaced by the phrase with which it is associated. To configure your text shortcuts, do the following:

  1. Move to the Keyboards screen as described in steps 1–3 in the previous task.
  2. Tap Shortcuts.

  3. Review the current shortcuts.
  4. To add a shortcut, tap Add (+).

  5. Type the phrase for which you want to create a shortcut.
  6. Type the shortcut you want to be replaced by the phrase you created in step 5.
  7. Tap Save. If the shortcut doesn’t contain any disallowed characters, it is created and you move back to the Shortcuts section where you see your new shortcut. If there is an error, you see an explanation of the error; you must correct it before you can create the shortcut.

  8. Repeat steps 4–7 to create other text shortcuts.
  9. When you’ve created all the shortcuts you want, tap Keyboards.

Setting Language and Region Preferences

There are a number of formatting preferences you can set that determine how information is formatted in various apps. For example, you can choose how addresses are formatted by default by choosing the region whose format you want to follow.

  1. On the Settings screen, tap General.

  2. Swipe up the screen.
  3. Tap Language & Region.

  4. Tap iPhone Language.

  5. Swipe up and down the screen to view the languages with which your iPhone can work or tap in the Search bar and type a language you want to use to find it. The current language is marked with a check mark.
  6. Tap the language you want to use.
  7. Tap Done. Your iPhone starts using the language you selected.

  8. Tap Other Languages.

  9. Using steps 5 through 7, find and tap a secondary language. This language is used when your primary language can’t be, such as on websites that don’t support your primary language.
  10. Tap Done.

  11. Tap the language you want to be primary to confirm it. The language you selected is configured and you move back to the Home screens.

  12. Use steps 1 through 3 to return to the Language & Region screen. You see the languages and order of preference below the iPhone Language section.
  13. To add more languages, tap Add Language and follow steps 9 through 12 to add more languages.

  14. Tap Region.

  15. Swipe up and down the regions available to you. The current region is marked with a check mark.
  16. Tap the region whose formatting you want to use; if there are options within a region, you move to an additional screen and can tap the specific option you want to use.
  17. Tap Back. Your iPhone starts using the formatting associated with the region you selected.

  18. Tap Calendar.

  19. Tap the calendar you want your iPhone to use.
  20. Tap Back. You move back to the Language & Region screen. At the bottom of the screen are examples of the format options you have selected, such as the time and date format.

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