Keyboard shortcuts are a really quick and cool way to type your phrase or words on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Plus, creating your very own and unique keyboard shortcuts is a heck of a lot of fun! So when you create a shortcut on your iDevice, from that point onwards it automatically turns into the word or sentence that you want. And that’s terrific news for many of us who text, email, etc while on the run…or when doing other things. Hey, it’s a multitasking world, so let’s harness the power of our iDevices to help get work done.
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For iOS 11+ Users, Many Standard Keyboard Shortcuts Are Gone!
If you updated to iOS 11 or above and lost your keyboard shortcuts on the left and right, and this is sadly the new norm for your iPhone’s Keyboard–NO SHORTCUTS!.
For some reason, Apple changed the keyboard layout in iOS 11. So now the arrow keys, undo, hide keyboard, and even the comma buttons that many of us enjoyed and used daily are gone. Apple completely removed these options from the landscape keyboard starting in iOS 11.
Compare this new keyboard layout to one from iOS 10–you see the difference! And for many people, this change is most unwelcome. Instead, in iOS 11 we get the One-Handed and QuickType keyboards. To learn more about these changes, see this article.
Add Your Shortcuts (Text Replacements)
And adding a keyboard shortcut is fairly easy. Simply tap Settings > General > Keyboards > Text Replacement > Plus Sign + (for older iOS: Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut.) Then, type in your phrase, shortcut, and tap “Save.”
Now when you create a new shortcut your iPhone, iPad, or another iDevice shows an option to use the information you entered as your phrase. That’s pretty darn nice!
And delete keyboard shortcuts
So if you want to completely erase a shortcut, there are some pretty easy ways to delete keyboard shortcuts.
In newer iOS versions, swipe right to left on the shortcut to delete it.
For older iOS versions, we have two ways to delete keyboard shortcuts.
The first one is to tap the “Edit” button followed by the red minus sign (see Image 1). And the second way is to 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 (Image 2).
Keyboard shortcuts are a way of life. They are the zen of texting. And they’re a heck of a lot of fun when dreaming up new short ways to say long things! So let’s all get shortcutting and have some fun in too. Cause hey, as a wise one once said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”