The iPad's Keyboard Settings - dummies

The iPad’s Keyboard Settings

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

These Keyboard settings are found under the iPad’s General settings area, and can help you with capitalization, auto-correction, spelling, and more. Under Keyboard settings, you have the following options:

  • Auto-Capitalization: You can turn Auto-Capitalization on or off.

    Auto-Capitalization, which the iPad turns on by default, means that the first letter of the first word you type after ending the preceding sentence with a period, a question mark, or an exclamation point is capitalized.

  • Auto-Correction: When turned on, the iPad takes a stab at what it thinks you meant to type.

  • Check Spelling: When on, the keyboard can check spelling while you type.

  • Caps Lock: If Caps Lock is enabled, all letters are uppercased LIKE THIS if you double-tap the Shift key. (The Shift key is the one with the arrow pointing up.) Tap Shift again to exit Caps Lock.

  • “.” Shortcut: You can also turn on this keyboard setting, which inserts a period followed by a space when you double-tap the spacebar. This setting is turned on by default so if you’ve never tried it, give it a shot.

If you have the third-generation iPad, you can also find a setting to turn Dictation on or off. If you turn it off and disable Dictation (assuming it was on to begin with), any information you sent to Apple’s servers used to respond to your verbal requests will be removed from those servers. If at some later point you choose to turn Dictation back on, it will take time to resend this information.

Additionally, you can choose to use an international keyboard, which you choose from Keyboard settings or the International setting — the next setting after Keyboard in the General settings area.