The iOS keyboard’s auto-correct feature is very useful to help with typing on the virtual keyboard but it does have it’s own downsides occasionally (ever noticed the dozens of websites dedicated to showing autocomplete ‘fails’?). A new feature that I found when browsing through the settings application in iOS 5 was a new setting available in the keyboard options; “Shortcuts”. Read on to find out more.
If you go to the keyboard settings in iOS 5, you can see that you can (finally) add your own custom keyboard shortcuts. You can access the keyboard settings by going Settings –> General –> Keyboard.
You can see some of the shortcuts that I have set up. I have to option to add a new shortcut or edit shortcuts that I have already set up. For example, this is what it looks like when you choose to edit/create a shortcut.
Now that I’ve set up a shortcut, I can put it into use. If I type ’apcen’ into anyplace where text can be entered, you can see that it’s automatically corrected to AppleCentric.
This is a much needed addition to iOS and should be very helpful for heavy texters.