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    I use a lot of keyboard shortcuts they all start with a lower case letter i.e. iS, gT, pV & iT etc., so I hoped not to confuse when writing as no words start with a lower case letter followed by an upper case one.

    The iOS shortcut facility does not seem to be case sensitive so when I write "is" it inserts the shortcut for "iS".

    Anyone out there know a solution for this? or am I missing a setting in the iOS 6

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    There is no way that I can think of to make it case sensitive, but I have another idea for you. Try preceding your shortcuts with a coma.

    You are already tapping three keys to get the capital, so it won't add any extra strokes, and since a coma is always followed by a space it shouldn't cause any accidentally shortcuts, or at least very few. I chose the comma because it's on the main keyboard, quick to use, and unlike the period (.doc, .xlm, .txt) I could not think of a single instance where I would start a word with it

    I tested this by using ,gm to stand for my Gmail address, and it worked fine.
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    I use several very long keyboard shortcuts.

    I use a word that reminds me of the full shortcut prefaced by a consonant which ensures that I never type a shortcut when I want to type a single word.
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    Most of my shortcuts are for symbols, the ones three layers deep or non-existant on the keyboard. It defeats the purpose if I end up typing more to enter the symbol than to dig through the keyboard's layers.

    But it does put a bigger strain on the memory. That's why I only add shortcuts for the ones I use often. I've only got about a dozen.
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    Just an aside: how long can a shortcut be? Can I eg type "batt" to stand in for say a whole fairly large para about batteries?
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    Hi Twerppoet


    Thanks for the very useful comma suggestion.

    I've altered all my shortcuts (about 50) and it seems to work fine, the main problem I had was with 'iS' shortcut when I typed the word 'is' I had to alter it each time, also iT and some other two letter words.

    I use two letters to remember the shortcuts........ the "sign off" below is ',ne' which in my mind is short for 'normal ending' and so on.

    Another slight problem I find is that the shortcut facility puts a space after the shortcut by default, so when you use it to enter an email address it throws up an error that says you have entered an error in the email field........... can't see any solution to this though, apart from remembering to hit the delete key.

    Nos Vemos .................. Gerry N .........Sent from my iPad

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    It can be as long as you wish. Just to test it, when we first got the ability, I typed in the entire opening section of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and used the shortcut "Lin." Worked like a charm. Just remember - while you type in who paragraphs and what-not, the shortcut does not do carriage returns. So, everything will be in one line... Still, manually putting in line returns is easier than typing out a long paragraph (or two ... or three ... or...). :)

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    I don't seem to be able to find this forum on Tapatalk, any pointers on how to find it?

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    Oh, and thanks for that tip for using commas, twerppoet. Made my life easier as I have two shortcuts that could be words - and I always forgot to cancel the auto-correction. Made more trouble than it was worth but now that's a thing of the past. Kewl!

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    I'm not The OB - but maybe I can help (I use Tapatalk, also). In the Search part of Tapatalk, enter the phrase "iPadForums." That will bring it up so you can log in and use it.

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    Is there a way to delete a shortcut?
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    Seems to be unlimited. Some of mine are very long with control characters and all.
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    Slide right to left across the shortcut to delete it.
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    No problem. I should thank you. It never occurred to me until I tried to think of a solution to your problem. Now I'm using it too.

    The email field in the Mail app? The auto-complete options have always worked well for me. For emails that I send often I just make sure I have a reasonably unique entry in the Contacts app. Start typing that contact name and the email pops right up. I do this for my Evernote email address; it is used to send email and attachments to Evernote. By the time I've typed eve, the address is listed. Fortunately I don't have any contacts named Eve.
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    What sort of control characters can be included in a keyboard shortcut and how do you access them? Do they include the old teletype LF (Line Feed) and CR (Carriage Return)? If so you could build far more complex keyboard shortcuts. Better still would be a Return that didn't end the text input into the text field of the shortcut editor. By the way, thanks for the series of insightful suggestions. I've been using the letter 'q' as the first character of my shortcuts since it rarely occurs without a following 'u'. I think the comma is a little better solution since it isn't a "pinkie finger stretch". For me, a hunt and peck typist, 'q' is an easy peck. Best regards, Duncan
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    Just search iPad and look through the available searches. It's there. I had the same issue

    Edit: missed that last answer but that is what I did as typing ipadforum didn't work for me
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    These are useful tips. Though I have made a shortcut for my email address and it caps my name even though I did not enter caps in the shortcut. I don't think it matters as emails are not case sensitive but I am just curious. Thanks
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    If you are at the beginning of a sentence, your email address will get capitalized (as does any first word of a sentence). That's a function of the auto-correct feature. You could always turn that off but you are correct - capitalization does not matter in email addresses.

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    I'll just leave it as it only caps my emails that use my name. Doesn't caps my other emails. I like the auto correct so I won't touch that
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