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How to: Use keyboard shortcuts on the iPadNatali Morris shows you a few tips and tricks to make typing easier and more efficient on the iPad.
-If you're a keyboard shortcut junkie, like me, the iPad keyboard can be just a little bit frustrating. In fact, my iPad e-mail signature tells my recipients just how much I avoid typing on the iPad. However, if you do want to speed up your iPad typing, I have a few tips to help you along. Unfortunately, you cannot shortcut copy and paste with keyboard shortcuts in the iPad. You have to select text and touch copy and then paste. You also cannot turn on Caps lock automatically with the shift key. If you do need to write in all Caps which sometimes can be rude but often necessary, go to Settings, General, Keyboard, and then double tap the shift key to turn it into a Caps lock key. When you're entering an e-mail address or a website address, the keyboard gives you the option to put the .com at the end. This is handy, but what if you want .org or .net or .edu. Hold down the .com key and it will give you those options. When you're typing an e-mail address into a document and you want to add the @ sign, press the (?) 1, 2, 3, button and slide your finger to reach the @ key. Then lift your finger up to release the key and it will keep you on the alphabetical keyboard. This prevents you from having to switch back and forth from keyboards which can often be a drag. And if you wanna write about currency other than the American dollar, hold down the $ sign on the numerical keyboard. That will give you the option for the pound, the euro, and other currency options. And finally, if you hate writing periods at the end of your sentence, double tap the spacebar and it will do that for you. The next letter you type after that will automatically be capitalized. Everyone loves proper punctuation, I know, I certainly do. Those are just a few steps and tricks to help your typing experience on the iPad. I hope it helps. I'm Natali Morris for cnet.com.