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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.

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 Text Replacement option is explained in the next task.)

  1. To prevent your iPhone from automatically capitalizing as you type, set Auto-Capitalization to off (white).
  2. To disable the automatic spell checking/correction, set Auto-Correction to off (white).
  3. To disable the Caps Lock function, set the Enable Caps Lock to off (white).
  4. To prevent the character you type from being shown in a magnified pop-up as you type it, set the Character Preview switch to off (white).

  5. 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.
  6. To disable the iPhone’s Spell Checker, set the Check Spelling switch to off (white).
  7. To disable the iPhone’s Predictive Text feature (see Chapter 1), set the Predictive switch to off (white).
  8. To disable the iPhone’s dictation feature, set the Enable Dictation switch to off (white). The microphone key won’t appear on the keyboard and you won’t be able to dictate text.

Creating and Working with Text Replacements

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

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

  3. Review the current replacements.
  4. To add a replacement, tap Add (+).

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

  8. Repeat steps 4–7 to create other text replacements.
  9. When you’ve created all the replacements 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.

  8. Tap to confirm the change in language you indicated. Your iPhone screen goes dark while the iPhone switches to the new language. When it comes back, you return to the Language & Region screen, and the language you selected starts being used.

  9. Tap Add Language.

  10. 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.
  11. Tap Done.

  12. Tap the language you want to be primary to confirm it. The language you selected is configured and you move back to the Language & Region screen. The new language is shown on the list in the center of the screen.

  13. To add more languages, tap Add Language and follow steps 10 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 Done. 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 Language & Region. You move back to the Language & Region screen. Swipe up until you see the bottom of the screen where there are examples of the format options you have selected, such as the time and date format.

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