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iPhone® For Dummies®, 4th Edition by Bob LeVitus, Edward C. Baig

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Chapter 18. Ten Helpful Hints, Tips, and Shortcuts

In This Chapter

  • Typing faster with the slide

  • Typing faster with autocorrection

  • Altering the speed of scrubbing in iTunes

  • Exploiting links

  • Sharing Web pages

  • Choosing a Safari home page

  • Storing stuff

  • Creating free ringtones with GarageBand

  • Capturing a screen grab

  • Dumping apps from the multitasking tray

After spending a lot of quality time with our iPhones, it's only natural that we've discovered more than a few helpful hints, tips, and shortcuts. In this chapter, we share some of our faves.

Ten Helpful Hints, Tips, and Shortcuts

Do the Slide for Accuracy and Punctuation

Our first tip can help you type faster in two ways: by helping you type more accurately and by enabling you to type punctuation and numerals faster than ever before.

While reading this book, you find out how to tap, double-tap, and even double-tap with two fingers. Now we want to introduce you to a new gesture we like to call the slide.

To do the slide, you start by performing the first half of a tap. That is, you touch your finger to the keyboard screen but don't lift it up. Now, without lifting your finger, slide it onto the key you want to type. You'll know you're on the right key because it pop ups and enlarges.

First, try the slide during normal typing. Stab at a key. If you miss, rather than lifting your finger, backspacing, and trying again, do the slide onto the proper key. After you get the hang of the slide, you'll ...

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