SHORT­CUTS, EMO­JIS, & KEY­BOARDS

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If you find your­self typ­ing the same phrase over and over— your email ad­dress in lo­gin fields, for ex­am­ple, or “I'll be home in five min­utes!”—try cre­at­ing cus­tom key­board short­cuts to save some time. Ap­ple al­ready has a cou­ple de­fault ones saved for you, such as “On my way!” for when you type in “omw.” To cre­ate your own, go to Set­tings > Gen­eral > Key­board > Short­cuts and tap the “+” icon. Next time you're typ­ing a short­cut prompt and the full text ap­pears above, just tap the space bar, and it will in­sert the full text au­to­mat­i­cally.

If you'd like to start us­ing Ap­ple's fun emo­jis in your texts, go to Set­tings > Gen­eral > Key­board > Key­boards > Add New Key­board, then scroll down the list of lan­guages and se­lect Emoji. Ap­ple also lets you add third-party key­boards in the same man­ner—sim­ply down­load a key­board from the App Store and it will ap­pear in the same list in Set­tings. Se­lect the one you want, and next time you're us­ing your key­board, you'll no­tice a grid­ded sphere to the left of the space bar; tap it to ac­cess your key­board col­lec­tion.

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