Apple is notorious for their autocorrect technology, which often ends up correcting words that do not need to be corrected (and sometimes causing a hilarious mix-up). But now, Apple is using that same technology for a very handy feature which can save you lots of time typing common phrases. This will expand your own shortcuts to full phrases, e.g. “ut” will become “You there?”.
Please note that this feature is only available in iOS 5. If you haven’t installed it yet, read our little tutorial.
Here’s how to set up your own custom shortcuts
1. Open Settings -> General -> Keyboard.
2. Scroll down to the Shortcuts section, then tap “Add New Shortcut.”
3. In the field next to “Phrase” type in the long version. Then, in the “Shortcut” field, type in the shortcut keyword you wanna use.
4. Tap the “Save” button. All done!
Now, whenever you type the shortcut, the long form will appear as the autocorrect option.
Have fun with your iPad!
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