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How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

Lesson 5: Using the Keyboard

Using the keyboard

The iPhone has a built-in virtual keyboard you can use to input text on your device. While it's much smaller than a physical keyboard, the virtual keyboard includes several convenient shortcuts to make typing easier.

To access the keyboard:

The iPhone's virtual keyboard will appear whenever you tap a text field. For example, the keyboard will appear when composing an email, writing a note, or entering a website address.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using the iPhone's virtual keyboard.

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Cursor

The cursor indicates where the text will appear.

Letter Keys

The main part of the keyboard includes the letter keys and the spacebar. Tap these keys to add the desired text.

Shift Key

Tap the Shift key, then tap a letter to insert a capital letter or alternate character. Double-tap the Shift key twice to turn on Caps Lock.

Backspace Key

Tap the Backspace key to erase the character to the left of the cursor. Press and hold the Backspace key to delete entire words.

Voice Dictation

This feature allows you to enter text without having to use the keyboard. Tap the microphone icon on your keyboard, then start talking.

Emoji Keyboard

Tap here to switch the keyboard from letters to emojis.

Number Keys and Special Characters

Tap here to switch the keyboard from letters to numbers and special characters. Tap the button again to switch back. It will also switch back when you add a space after a character. You can also tap the #+= button to access more special characters.

Spacebar

Tap the spacebar to add a space. You can also double-tap the spacebar at the end of a sentence to automatically add a period.

Predictive Text

Your iPhone generates predictive text depending on what you're typing and what you've typed in the past. Click a word to type it.

Keyboard features

The iPhone's virtual keyboard includes several features that make typing on your device faster and easier.

Suggestions

The iPhone will offer suggestions for certain words as you type. When typing, simply tap the spacebar to use a suggestion. In the example below, we used the suggestion to change agreem to agreement. To dismiss a suggestion, just ignore the suggestion and continue typing .

Auto-Correction

The iPhone will correct commonly misspelled words automatically using the Auto-Correction feature. For example, teh will be corrected to the.

While it's a powerful feature, it isn't perfect. And because it happens automatically, you may not always notice when something is changed. You should always review your text to make sure it's correct before sending it out.

Spell check

The iPhone will also note spelling errors as you type. Any misspelled words will be underlined in red. To view possible suggestions for a spelling error, tap the word. A list of possible spellings will appear. Simply tap a suggestion to replace the existing word.

Moving the cursor

Sometimes you may find that you want to edit something at the beginning of a sentence or paragraph. Instead of deleting the existing text and starting over, you can move the cursor to the desired location. To move the cursor, simply tap the desired location. If you need more control, press and hold the screen, then (without removing your finger) drag the magnifying glass to choose a location for the cursor.

To copy and paste text:

If you want to move text from one location to another, you can copy and paste it. This is especially helpful if you want to move text between different apps. For example, you might find some useful information in Safari and then copy and paste it into the Notes app.

  1. First, you'll need to select the text you want to copy. Double-tap the screen next to the text you want to select, then drag the selection handles to select the text.
  2. Menu options will appear above the selected text. Tap Copy.

More keyboard tips

The iPhone keyboard has several other features that aren't immediately obvious. We've listed some of the most helpful ones below:

  • Screen orientation: You can rotate the iPhone to change the size of the keyboard. Some users prefer to type with a larger keyboard in landscape mode, while others find portrait mode to be faster and easier.
  • Alternate characters: You can press and hold certain letters and symbols to add accents or alternate characters.

Keyboard settings

If you want even more control over the keyboard, you can customize its settings.

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

Several methods can change between lowercase and uppercase on a computer, smartphone, tablet, and other computing devices. Below we cover each ways of changing the case of text.

Change lowercase to uppercase on a computer

While typing, you can modify the case of any text by pressing either the Caps Lock or Shift . If you need to alter the case of text that has already been typed, skip to the convert the case section.

Capitalize everything that is typed

The Caps Lock key is a toggle key, which means when it’s pressed, everything you type is going to be in UPPERCASE until you press the Caps Lock key again. If you want to type in all uppercase, the Caps Lock key can be used. However, keep in mind that in many situations, typing in all caps is bad etiquette.

Capitalize one letter at a time

To change the capitalization one letter at a time, press and hold either the left or right Shift , then press the letter you want to be capitalized. Using the Shift key is the most common method of creating a capital letter on a computer.

Changing between lowercase and uppercase on a smartphone or tablet

On smartphones and tablets, there is no Caps Lock key or Shift key. To uppercase (capitalize) a letter on these devices, press the up arrow on the on-screen keyboard and then the letter you want to be capitalized.

The picture is an example of the Apple iPhone on-screen keyboard with the Caps up arrow key in black to indicate it is active.

If you want to type in all caps on a phone or tablet, double-tap the up arrow. If done properly, the arrow has an underline and remains active until tapped again.

If you need to alter the case of text that has already been typed, skip to the convert the case section.

Changing the case on a Google Chromebook

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

For capitalizing one letter at a time, the Google Chromebook works like all other computers. Press and hold either the left or right Shift and while continuing to hold the Shift key press the letter you want caps. Using the Shift key is the most common method of creating a capital letter on a computer.

Where the Google Chromebook is different from other keyboards is the Search Key, which replaces the Caps Lock key as shown in the picture.

To turn Caps Lock on and off on a Google Chromebook press the Alt and Search at the same time.

If you need to modify the case of text that has already been typed, skipped to the convert the case section.

How to convert the case of text that has already been typed

There are also some programs that support the ability to change the case of text that has already been typed. For example, in Microsoft Word, you can highlight text and press the keyboard shortcut Shift + F3 to change between lowercase, uppercase, and proper case. Click the link below for the program you want to convert the case.

One of the more subtle yet potentially frustrating changes in iOS 7.1 is how the state of the shift key is displayed. Not only isn’t it intuitively obvious which state the shift key is in — lowercase, Upper Case, or CAPS LOCK — but it can be downright counter-intuitive to the point that you find yourself uncertain and guessing wrong more often than not. Granted, it could be a lot worse but it could also be a lot better. If you’ve installed iOS 7.1 and you’re having trouble figuring out the shift key on your iPhone or iPad, here’s a quick reference. (Share it with your friends. All your friends.)

How to tell lower case, Upper Case, and CAPS LOCK mode on iOS 7.1

  1. If the background is dark gray and the arrow is white, you’re in lower case mode.
  2. If the background is white and the arrow is black, you’re in Upper case mode.
  3. If the background is white and the arrow is dark, and there’s a horizontal line beneath the arrow, you’re in ALL CAPS mode.

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

I’ve been using iOS 7.1 since the first day of the first beta and while the implementation has changed considerably once and a while I still glance at it and can’t remember immediately which state I’m in. Once you’ve had a chance to use iOS 7.1 a while let me know — how do you find the shift key?

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The password is a mix of numbers and letters though so if I want to type e.g. J and then 5 how do I differentiate?

Aug 27, 2012 12:27 PM

The letters are printed on the phone dial pad. Select the appropriate key.

Aug 27, 2012 12:07 PM

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The letters are printed on the phone dial pad. Select the appropriate key.

Aug 27, 2012 12:07 PM

The password is a mix of numbers and letters though so if I want to type e.g. J and then 5 how do I differentiate?

Aug 27, 2012 12:27 PM

The system will automatically do so. been like this for years.

Aug 27, 2012 12:29 PM

So I just press the 5 key twice for a j?? Amazing!

Aug 27, 2012 12:33 PM

Nope. you press just once. the system will figure it out.

Aug 27, 2012 12:40 PM

Fab will give it a try thanks

Aug 27, 2012 1:23 PM

Did this actually work for you? I’m pressing numbers twice, holding them down, and otherwise trying to type a letter and it’s not working. Like you, I need to be able to set a password with numbers and letters and can’t seem to figure this out.

Sep 19, 2013 5:41 AM

BibiQueen wrote:

I’m pressing numbers twice, holding them down, and otherwise trying to type a letter and it’s not working.

Well, you don’t do that. Example: You want to dial SPAM, all you do is press 7726, that’s it. The system will know you mean SPAM.

Sep 19, 2013 6:54 AM

Please help, how to use iPhone keypad to type letters when asked

Dec 13, 2016 2:29 AM

I’m trying to call 855-for-truth what do I do

Jun 6, 2017 9:17 AM

TheAmazingUni wrote:

I’m trying to call 855-for-truth what do I do

You transpose those letters into numbers by looking at the phone’s dial pad. 855-367-87884

Jun 6, 2017 9:20 AM

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Detecting Caps Lock

Detecting Caps Lock

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

Private Declare Sub GetKeyboardState Lib “user32” (lpKeyState As Any)
Const VK_CAPITAL = &H14

<. >
‘Array to check capslock
GetKeyboardState KeyboardBuffer(0)

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

Sorry, I should have added:

If KeyboardBuffer(VK_CAPITAL) And 1 Then
‘CapsLock on .

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

Sorry, I’m not paying attention 🙁

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

What is going on in:

Private Declare Sub GetKeyboardState Lib “user32” (lpKeyState As Any)

I’ve never seen the word Declare between Private and Sub in any code before. Same for Lib “user32” between the sub name and the parameter. What kind of parameter is Any?

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

And very useful stuff it is, too.

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

Option Compare Database
Option Explicit

Private Declare Sub GetKeyboardState Lib “user32” (lpKeyState As Any)
Const VK_CAPITAL = &H14

Function CapsOn()
ReDim KeyboardBuffer(256) As Byte
‘Array to check capslock
GetKeyboardState KeyboardBuffer(0)
If KeyboardBuffer(VK_CAPITAL) And 1 Then
‘CapsLock on .
CapsOn = True
Else
CapsOn = False
End If
End Function

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RE: Detecting Caps Lock

thanks for this code, it works perfect.
If caps is on, The message should be the same that displays in the win xp when a user is typing his/her id and password,but the questions is : Is there any problem if i make my customized software to display the same message that windos displays:
(because of the intelectual property)

“Caps Locks is on
Having Caps Lock on may cause you to enter your password incorrectly.
You should press Caps lock to turn it off before entering your password. “

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

This is a quote from the Wiki article (above), but you may wish to check a little further:

Other companies propagate their APIs freely. For example, Microsoft deliberately makes most of its API information public, so that software will be written for the Windows platform. The sale of the third-party software sells copies of Microsoft Windows. This is typical of companies who profit from the sale of API implementations (in this case, Microsoft Windows, which is sold at a gain for Microsoft).

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

Sounds like you are asking about the “Caps Locks is on
Having Caps Lock on may cause you to enter your password incorrectly.
You should press Caps lock to turn it off before entering your password. ” statement. It doesn’t seem to be something that would be copywriteable (but you never know).

Personally, I find it offensive. If you really want to secure something, type in a passphrase with normal capitalization, but with the CapsLock on. I once worked at a job where all the files had the same password, “Book”. Inadvertantly, when I set mine up, I did it with the CapsLock on and got “bOOK”. Three weeks after I moved on to a new job, I got a call begging for the password; they had gone crazy for three weeks trying all sorts of variations on my name, names of family members etc, but no one ever thought of using the universal password for the office but with the caps lock on. I want to be able to use passphrases with the caps lock on. (I also mechanically scramble the letters)

RE: Detecting Caps Lock

Thanks grnzbra for your comments,

I need to use that “Capslock warning message” because, the password is case sensitive, it’s like the password wou type when accesing Windows (XP, NT, . etc) so it has to be case sensitive hence that i need to use that warning message.

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Keys with an Fn key or F Lock provide two sets of commands for many keys. This includes the top row of standard function keys (F1–F12).

Standard commands are labeled on the front of the keys (such as F3). Alternate commands are labeled on top of the keys (such as Redo). In some programs, the function of a standard command and an alternate command may be the same (for example, F1 typically displays Help for the active window, and on some keyboards, the alternate command for F1 is also Help).

Use the Fn key

On keyboards with an Fn key, hold down Fn and press the key to use the alternate commands.

You can also press and hold Fn while moving your finger up and down on the navigation pad to scroll within a document.

You can press and hold Fn while pressing keyboard letters M, J, K, L, U, I, O, P, /, ;, and 0 to match the physical layout of a numeric keypad.

Use the F Lock key

If your keyboard has an F Lock key, press it to toggle between the standard commands and alternate commands.

When the F Lock light is Off, alternate functions work (Help, Undo, and so on).
When the F Lock light is On, standard functions work (F1, F2, and so on).

Use alternate command keys

The following table specifies the default key assignments for the alternate command keys. You can reassign many of them using Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.

Alternate command key

What it does

Opens the Help system (if any) for the active window.

Cancels the previous action.

Cancels the previous Undo action.

Creates a new document in programs that support this command.

Opens a document in programs that support this command.

Closes the document or file that is in the active window.

Replies to the e-mail message that is in the active window.

Forwards the e-mail message that is in the active window.

Sends the e-mail message that is in the active window.

Starts checking the spelling in the active document, if the document’s program has a spelling checker.

Saves the file that is in the active window.

Prints the file that is in the active window.

Enabling FN Lock on the All in One Media Keyboard

To enable FN Lock on the All in One Media Keyboard, press the FN key, and the Caps Lock key at the same time. To disable FN Lock, press the FN key, and the Caps Lock key at the same time again.

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How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

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Want to turn the Caps Lock key on your iPad into the Escape key? Want quick access to the Globe button on your Bluetooth keyboard? Using a new feature introduced in iPadOS 13.4, you can do just that.

If you’re using a third-party Bluetooth keyboard, the keyboard layout may be different from the iPad’s official Smart Keyboard, the new Magic Keyboard case for iPad, or even your Apple Magic Keyboard.

For instance, both the Smart Keyboard and the Magic Keyboard cases for iPad have a Globe key for switching between keyboards, but they don’t have an Escape key. Apple’s external Magic Keyboard and third-party keyboards do have an Escape key, but doesn’t have the Globe key.

Thankfully, you can remap these modifier keys on your iPad from the Settings app.

First, make sure that your keyboard is connected to your iPad. From there, open the “Settings” app on your iPad that’s running iPadOS 13.4 or higher.

Next, choose the “General” option from the sidebar and tap on the “Keyboard” button.

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

Now, choose the “Hardware Keyboard” option.

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

Tap on the “Modifier Keys” button from the bottom of the section.

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

You’ll now see a list of keys that can be modified:

  • Caps Lock Key
  • Control Key
  • Option Key
  • Command Key
  • Function Key (Globe Key if you’re using Apple’s Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard case)

Pick the key that you want to modify. If you want to change the behavior of the Caps Lock key, for example, tap on the “Caps Lock Key” option.

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

Now, you’ll see all the available actions that you can apply to the modifier key:

  • Caps Lock
  • Control
  • Option
  • Command
  • Escape
  • Globe
  • No Action

To switch to the Escape action, tap on the “Escape” button.

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

You can now go back to the “Modifier Keys” screen and change the behavior of other keys as well. If you’re using a Windows keyboard, you can use this method to switch the Control and Command keys to the correct order.

This is just one of the new features in iPadOS 13.4. Learn about Apple’s brand-new adaptable mouse and trackpad cursor support for iPad

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Find My includes Activation Lock—a feature that’s designed to prevent anyone else from using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, if it’s ever lost or stolen. Activation Lock turns on automatically when you turn on Find My on your device.

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

Activation Lock helps you keep your device secure, even if it’s in the wrong hands, and can improve your chances of recovering it. Even if you erase your device remotely, Activation Lock can continue to deter anyone from reactivating your device without your permission. All you need to do is keep Find My turned on, and remember your Apple ID and password.

With watchOS 2 and later, you can use Activation Lock to protect your Apple Watch. And with macOS Catalina or later and Mac computers that have the Apple T2 Security Chip or Apple silicon you can use Activation Lock to protect your Mac, too.

Here’s how it works

Each time an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, or Mac computer that has an Apple T2 security chip or Apple silicon is activated or recovered, the device contacts Apple to check whether Activation Lock is turned on.

Activation Lock turns on automatically when you set up Find My.* After it’s turned on, Apple securely stores your Apple ID on its activation servers and links it to your device. Your Apple ID password or device passcode is required before anyone can turn off Find My, erase your device, or reactivate and use your device.

If your device is lost or stolen

If you ever misplace your device—whether it’s lost or you think it might have been stolen—you should immediately use Mark As Lost in the Find My app.

Mark As Lost locks your screen with a passcode and lets you display a custom message with your phone number to help you get it back. You can also remotely erase your device if needed. Your custom message continues to display even after the device is erased.

While Activation Lock works in the background to make it more difficult for someone to use or sell your missing device, Lost Mode clearly shows anyone who finds your device that it still belongs to you and can’t be reactivated without your password.

If you forget your Apple ID or password

Your Apple ID is the account that you use to sign in to all Apple services. Usually, your Apple ID is your email address. If you forget your it, we can help you find your Apple ID.

If you can’t find your Apple ID or reset your password, you’ll lose access to your account and might be unable to use or reactivate your device. To help prevent this, visit your Apple ID account page periodically to review and update your account information.

Check for Activation Lock before you buy a device from someone else

Before you buy an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, from someone other than Apple or an authorized Apple reseller, make sure that the device is erased and no longer linked to the previous owner’s account. Follow these steps to check if the device is ready to use:

  1. Turn on and unlock the device.
  2. If the passcode lock screen or the Home screen appears, the device hasn’t been erased. Ask the seller to completely erase the device by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Don’t take ownership of any used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch until it’s been erased.
  3. Begin the device setup process.
  4. If you’re asked for the previous owner’s Apple ID and password, the device is still linked to their account. Hand the device back to the seller and ask them to enter their password. If the previous owner isn’t present, contact them as soon as possible and ask them to use a browser to remove the device from their account. Don’t take ownership of any used iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch until it has been removed from the previous owner’s account.

You will know that a device is ready for you to use when you’re asked to “Set up your iPhone,” “Set up your iPad,” or “Set up your iPod” the first time you turn it on.

Before you give away your device or send it in for service

Make sure that you turn off Find My on your device before you give it away or send it in for repair. Otherwise, your device is locked and anyone that you give the device to can’t use it normally and Apple technicians can’t perform service repairs. Just sign out of iCloud and then erase all content and settings. This completely erases your device, removes it from your Apple ID, and turns off Find My.

How to access the caps lock key on an iphone

Wish it were a little easier to type in ALL CAPS on your Android or iPhone, or ever get stumped while looking for the em dash? What about typing letters with accent marks, or dealing with cumbersome URLs? Or maybe you’re just hankering for an alternative to tapping on a slippery glass screen.

Read on for 9 ways to make typing on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device a little easier, from how to turn on “caps lock” to a simple shortcut to the exclamation mark.

1. “.com” made easy (iOS)

Want to type a URL directly into the address bar in Safari (on iOS) or Chrome (for Android)? Don’t bother with laboriously tapping in “.com” or “.net”.

Never type dot-com or dot-org or dot-lots of things with this iOS trick.

Instead, just tap and hold the “.” key; when you do, a pop-up balloon will reveal a series of shortcuts, from “.com” to “.us”.

2. Accent marks (Android and iOS)

Don’t get caught skipping the accent grave in “voilà” while typing that email on your iPhone or Android phone.

Impress your international friends with your canny use of accents and other marks.

You can access a generous portion of accent marks—acute, grave, circumflex, and otherwise—by tapping and holding a letter key (like “a”).

3. Swipe to type (Android and iOS)

Sick to death of painstakingly tapping out messages on your Android or iPhone touchscreen? Here’s a nifty trick: swiping to type.

The concept is simple: Rather than tapping each individual key when typing a word, swipe-to-type keyboards let you slide your fingertip from one key to the next.

As your finger loops around the keys, your phone predicts the work you’re trying to type—er, swipe.

Sound weird? Indeed, swiping to type does take some getting used to, but it’ll become second nature with practice.

The “stock” Android keyboard has its own built-in “swipe to type” feature. Just tap Settings > Language & Input, tap the Settings icon next to Google Keyboard, then tap the checkbox next to Enable gesture typing.

There are also plenty of third-party, swipe to type-ready keyboards in the Google Play store, with Swype being the most notable.

Wondering why there’s no Caps Lock key on the keyboard of your Android or iOS device? Well, there is, actually—it’s just well hidden.

Caps Lock has always been there, just undercover.

The standard iOS keyboard lacked the swipe-to-type capabilities of Android until iOS 8 came along. That update finally brought third-party keypads—particularly Swype—to the iPhone and iPad.

4. Lock the Caps key (Android and iOS)

See the Shift key? Just double-tap it. When you do, a little horizontal line will

appear near the bottom of the Shift key, indicating that you’re in ALL CAPS mode.

5. You’re so money (Android and iOS)

Want to type the currency symbols for the yen (¥), the euro (€), or the pound (£)? Simple.

Just tap and hold the key for the dollar sign. When you do, a pop-up bubble will display a series of additional money-minded options.

6. Em dash & bullets (Android & iOS)

I’ve rarely met an em dash I haven’t liked—and come to think of it, I’m also a sucker for bulleted lists. How does someone like me survive typing on an Android phone or iPhone? Easy.

Tapping and holding symbol keys will yield buried typing treasure.

Tap and hold the dash key to reveal even more dashing buttons, including the em dash, a bullet key, and the indispensable underscore.

Bonus tip: Try tapping and holding other symbol keys. For example, you’ll find “curly” quotes by tapping and holding the quote key.

7. Emoticons galore (Android & iOS)

The world is not running out of emoticons anytime soon.

What’s a text message without a smiley? Good question. Luckily, both the Android and iOS keyboards come with more emoji (a.k.a. emoticons) than you can shake a stick at.

On the stock Android keyboard, tap and hold the “Done” or carriage-return key in the bottom-right corner of the keypad, then slide your finger over the pop-up emoticon button. You’ll see the first of hundreds of available emoticons—just keep swiping to see the dizzying number of variations and categories.

Take a break from typing! Just press the Talk icon on your phone to dictate input.

For iOS, you’ll first need to enable the emoji keyboard. Tap Settings > General > Keyboard, tap Keyboard (again), then check to see if “Emoji” is in the list of installed keyboards. Not there? Then tap “Add New Keyboard” and find Emoji in the list. Now head to the keyboard, tap the key with the globe icon, and feast your eyes on all the emoticons.

8. Talk instead of type (Android & iOS)

It’s easy to forget that both iOS and Android phones will take dictation whenever you’re not in the mood to type.

Just tap the little microphone icon on the keyboard. For iOS, it’s to the left of the space bar, while on Android phones it’s sitting in the top-right corner (assuming you’re using the “stock” Android keyboard).

9. A shortcut for oft-used symbol keys (Android)

On the stock Android keyboard, there’s no need to flip to an alternate set of keys to get to the exclamation mark, the percent sign, or other everyday symbols. (See the lead image at the top of the article.)

Instead, just tap and hold the period key. When you do, a pop-up of more than a dozen common symbols will appear—everything from the ampersand key (&) to the question mark.