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Word Tips and Shortcuts

If you are looking to speed up and customize some ways to work with Microsoft Word, you may find the recent article 5 Ways to Customize Word very helpful. On the iPad, there are limited wasy to customize settings while using Word.

Word Settings

In Word, tap on the gear icon on the bottom left and you will be presented with settings related to Storage, Notifications, and (currently) two settings related to auto format as you type and whether the Apple Pencil always draws ink.

The ability to customize the iPad version of Word is limited. Should you find yourself wanting to use Word on the iPad with some regularity, Apple’s Keyboard or an external keyboard is recommended as certain keyboard commands to speed up the process are easily utilized. For example, copy, paste, select all, italicize, bold, etc. are recognized with the keyboard input. This saves time by not having to tap on the screen to select the text, the select the action to perform.

A subscription to Microsoft is required to edit documents on the iPad. No subscription is required to read documents that may have been sent to you to review.

If you use Microsoft Word, the iPad is a great tool to help you focus on getting the words down on the screen. By using cloud sync services, such as OneDrive, you can then save your work in the cloud and continue later on your iPhone, Mac or other device. You can also save your work to a file on the iPad.

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iWork Updates – Scribble Tool

Not only was iOS updated to version 14 but iWork apps were updated as well. If you use Keynote, Pages or Numbers, there are some interesting and helpful changes and improvements. To learn more about the new features in these apps, click here.

In Keynote, there are 3 main new functions. Those include Scribble, Outline View and Web videos. With Scribble, you can write with your Apple Pencil and your words will turn to text. Scribble is on by default.

To use the Scribble feature, in Keynote using your Apple Pencil, tap in a text box, shape or table cell where you want to write. Tap the Scribble Tool and then start writing.

As you enter text with Apple Pencil, you can do any of the following:

  • Delete a word: Scratch it out.
  • Insert text: Tap and hold in a text area, then start writing when a space opens.
  • Join or separate characters: Draw a vertical line between them.
  • Select text: Circle text or draw a line through it. Drag the selection handles with your finger to change the selection.
  • Start a new paragraph: Tap the Next Line button in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Show a keyboard: Tap the Show Keyboard button in the toolbar, then tap keyboard keys to correct text, delete characters, add spaces, and more.
  • Undo the last action: Tap the Undo button in the toolbar. Tap multiple times to undo all your recent actions.
  • Add a new text box: Start writing away from other text areas (such as another text box or a selected table or table cell). A new text box is created for your text.

To learn more about the new Scribble Feature, click here.

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iOS 12.2 Released

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Apple has updated iOS to version 12.2. The latest version provides support for Apple News+, adds the ability for Siri to play videos from your iOS device to Apple TV, and includes four new Animoji. There are also bug fixes, improvements and security enhancements.

To check for an update for your compatible device join a WiFi internet connection, tap on Settings > General > Software Update. Of course, before updating, you should make a backup.

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Keyboard Text Replacement Shortcuts – A Real Time Saver

A built in iOS feature that many do not use is the Keyboard Text Replacement. This feature allows you to create a keyboard shortcut to type in text, including frequent replies to email and messages.

The idea is simple. Let’s say you find your self always typing out text like your email address, phone number or mailing address. Instead of typing all that information repeatedly, you can create a keyboard text replacement.

For example, “eml” can be made to type out your email address or “htn” can be made into “I am heading there now. I should be there in a few minutes.”

To create your Keyboard Text Replacements, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement > +.

After typing the + you can enter your Phrase and Shortcut.

Type the phrase you want to have the shortcut type out and type in the shortcut phrase that will create it when you type it in the future. Then press save. Try not to use the beginning of real words as that can cause problems.

Now, when you are in any app that uses text, you can type the shortcut and it will be converted to the full text. Create several shortcuts and begin using them.

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iOS 12.1.1 Released

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Apple today released the iOS update to address several issues. This minor update adds features and fixes bugs for applicable iPhone and iPad models. The fixes include:

  • Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR
  • Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, XS and XS Max
  • One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
  • Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
  • The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation.

Further, several security issues were addressed.

To update your device, Apple has information at this website.

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iOS 10.3.3 Released

The latest iteration of Apple’s operating system for iOS devices has been released.

To update your iOS device, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Then, tap on install.

The download and updating process will begin. Depending on your device and internet connection, the process may take several minutes.

Don’t forget, its always a good idea to back up your iOS device before beginning this process.

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iWork Collaboration

With the release of iOS 10.3, MacOS 10.12.4, and updated iWork apps, collaboration is now even better. It is now possible to collaborate – work with others – on various iWork documents.

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From your iOS device, you can “share” or collaborate with others using iCloud and the iWork apps in real time.

In the iOS iWork document, tap on the 3 dots and select “Collaborate With Others” and choose the way you want to share document. You can “Add People” to collaborate and choose a way to send the invitation to collaborate. You can invite people via Messages, Mail, and other methods.

Make sure you choose “Share Options”  which allows you to set the permissions of who can access and what they can do with the document – edit v. read. The options you select determine who can read the shared document as well as who can edit it. Choose the parameters you want.

While working, you can see who you are working with and view changes in real time. PC users can access the documents via a PC web browser.

To read more about collaboration with iWork documents, click here.

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How to Recover Deleted Photos from Your iOS Device (Up to 30 Days Later)

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Sometimes, when using an iOS device, you may quickly go through your camera photos and delete an image or video by accident. It may even be a few days before you realize you want the image or video back. There is a quick and easy way to recover recently deleted videos, photos and images on an iOS device for up to 30 days.

First, tap on the photos icon. Next, tap on the Albums icon at the bottom right next to the Shared icon.

The last album on the right is called “Recently Deleted.” It has a trashcan icon. Tap on it.

Recently Deleted Album


Then, you will see photos that have been deleted and the number of days remaining before it is permanently deleted.


Photos Deletion Days Remaining

To recover the image, tap on the photo(s) you want to restore and then, at the bottom right, tap on “Recover.”

The image is now restored to your camera roll available in Photos.

You can read more about deleting and recovering photos on this Apple support page.