Top Ten Tips for iPad Email Users


1. Quick Access to your Most Frequently Used Email Addresses

For a list of your most frequently used email addresses enter a period in the “to”, “cc” or “bcc” field.

2. Complete Email Addresses in a Jiffy

When typing an email address press and hold the “.” key for a second and you’ll be presented with the option to choose from .net, .edu, .org, .com and .us without having to type them out.

3. All Thumbs

If, like me, you have remarkably fast thumbs but fingers that aren’t quite as nimble on the touch-screen keyboard you can actually split the keyboard into two smaller thumb-friendly halves that hover mid-screen by pressing the keyboard key and choosing the ‘Split’ menu option.  To restore the original docked keyboard press the keyboard key again and choose the ‘Dock and Merge’ menu option.

4. Insert a Photo into your Email

Press and hold your finger at the place you want to insert the photo and choose “insert photo or video” menu option then select a photo or video from your library.

5. Quick Quotes

To quickly access the apostrophe press and hold the “,” key. To access a double quote press and hold the “.” key.

6. I Love Your Accent

To accent characters in email, press and hold the letter for a selection of its accented cousins.


To turn on your caps lock, double click the shift key. When the caps lock key is activated the shift key will be colored blue.  Switch it off by pressing it once.

8. That’s Very Bold of You

To bold, italicize or underline text, start by selecting the text and then choose the BIU menu, then pick Bold, Italics or Underline.

9. Fixing Spelling Mistakes

I type so fast that it amazes me that my iPad screen doesn’t have scorch marks all over it. I sacrifice accuracy for speed but can quickly fix mistakes by selecting the word, choosing the Suggestion menu option and then selecting the word I meant to use from the options presented.

10. Money, Money, Money!

If you do business with folks overseas it can often be important to express currency using the right currency symbol.   To avail of a variety of currency symbols including the pound, yen and euro simply press and hold the $ key. Punctuation marks that have close cousins give you access to those characters via the same trick.

If you have any tips that you’d like to share, please use the comments section below.

About Emma McGrattan

As SVP of Engineering at Actian, Emma leads development for the Actian Vector team, including the Ingres and X100 components, and the Actian Matrix Planner team. A leading authority in DBMS technologies, Emma is celebrating 20 years in Ingres and Actian Engineering.

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