It can be a challenge for smartphone users who are blind and partially sighted to enter text using a soft keyboard. However, a keyboard shortcut is a handy tool that makes typing of frequently used words and phrases much simpler, faster and accurate.
A keyboard shortcut is a combination of two or more keys, which can be used to enter a pre-saved word or phrase on an iPhone or iPad. For example, if you want to send your email or street address in a text message, you don’t need to type the whole thing. By creating a shortcut, the text can be entered automatically.
So how is it done?
The following steps show you how to set up your own keyboard shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad.
1. Go to Settings>General>Keyboard
2. Go to Text Replacement, which is the second button in the list. iOS 8 users will not find this button, instead they have Shortcuts button.
3. On the next screen click Add (+) button located on the top right corner. If you are a Voiceover user, find this button by single finger swipe to the right and then double tap to open.
4. On the next screen you will find two text editing spaces: Phrase and Shortcut (image shown below).
In the text box next to Phrase enter the word or phrase for which you want to save a shortcut (e.g. your home address).
In the second text box, type the keyboard shortcut you want to use.
Use the Save button on the top right hand corner to save your shortcut.
Here is an example of creating a shortcut for your cell number:
Enter the cell number as your phrase and use the key combination of CL, or any key combination of your choice, as the shortcut. A shortcut must have at least two characters. Now, when you want to type out your cell number, all you have to do is use the shortcut keys CL.
A great feature about shortcuts is when you create a shortcut on one of your devices, it automatically synced to all your other devices, so you’ll always have your shortcuts at your fingertips!