How to add and delete keyboard shortcuts, iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly type your phrase or words on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. When you create a shortcut, it will automatically turn into the word or sentence that you want. Adding a keyboard shortcut is fairly easy. Simply tap Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut, where you can type your phrase and shortcut then tap “Save.” Now when you create a new shortcut your device will show an option to use the information you entered as your phrase.

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How to delete keyboard shortcuts

So you want to completely erase a shortcut. There are two ways to delete keyboard shortcuts. The first one is to tap the “Edit” button followed by the red minus sign (see IMG 2 and IMG 3). The second way is swipe your finger (left to right, or right to left) on the shortcut that you want to delete. After a second, a red Delete option will appear (IMG 4).

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  1. Andy says

    I use these a lot, particularly for SMS/iMessages but I’ve found them to be a lot less reliable since I upgraded to iOS 6 — a lot of the time, they just don’t work. Rather than triggering the macro, the text just gets laid down normally. Anyone else seeing this?

  2. Jeff Ross says

    When I delete a shortcut it’ll work for like a day or so and then when the phone either get shut off or it updates to the computer it goes back to the shortcut again. Very irritating

  3. Susan Dykstra says

    Whenever I delete a shortcut phase from my Apple 6, it comes back within s day. I push edit and the red delete box next to the phrase but it doesn’t stay deleted.
    Susan Dykstra

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