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How to quickly type an apostrophe on the iPad

You think you know every trick in the book when it comes to touchscreen shortcuts and virtual keyboard workarounds. Well, here’s another tip for you to munch on: the quick apostrophe on the iPad.

Just like the virtual keyboard on the Apple iPhone, the one on the iPad comes with its fair share of shortcuts and tricks too. You don’t have to take that touchscreen QWERTY at face value. Case in point, you don’t need to switch to the number keyboard to get an apostrophe.

Instead, all you have to do is hold your finger on the comma button for a second or two. After a moment, a blue square will pop up above it showing an apostrophe. Let go and and apostrophe has been inserted. For an even faster method, press your finger on the comma key and “flick” your finger upwards to get the same effect.

The same interface can be used to get certain French accented letters. Just put your finger on the “base” letter, flick your finger upward, and you’ll get the accented version. It’s not perfect, but it’s a heck of a lot faster.

Quickly Insert An Apostrophe [iPad Keyboard Tip] [iPadInCanada]

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