Posted by: glasskeys | 02/11/2011

How to show alternate keys on the iPad & iPhone.

An iPad alternate key menu.

iPad alternate keys.

Todays post du jour is a quick and dirty tip on how to quickly type characters sporting umlauts, diacritics, accents or other disturbed sounding “extras” that make it sound as if your keyboard is in need of a good therapist or a visit to the Mayo clinic.

As an example, hold and press down on the “u” key without releasing, you will be presented a list of other keys to chose from. I find sliding my finger up and over to the key I wish to use, then releasing works best. The following characters were typed using this very technique: ū, ú, ü, û, & ù.


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  2. This might be a really cool way to keep everything organized.
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