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AllanFromm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Is there a way to type a colon or semi colon using the iPad Onscreen Keyboard? If not this seems like a pretty serious oversight

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  • 1. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)
    Is there a way to type a colon or semi colon using the iPad Onscreen Keyboard? If not this seems like a pretty serious oversight


    Have you really never hit the 123 button?
  • 2. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    tony_stead Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It's there if you use notepad or type a url, but it is not there if for instance you go to settings - email - accounts.

    If you have a Gmail account you would want to enter your username as recent:xxxx@gmail.com to download recent mails and stop mails being marked as read so that they can be downloaded by other devices.

    The semicolon is definitely not there - The workaround....

    Go into notes and type recent: select it and copy it, then go to your settings and edit your username and paste the copied selection in front of it.
  • 3. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,390 points)
    tony_stead wrote:
    It's there if you use notepad or type a url, but it is not there if for instance you go to settings - email - accounts.

    If you have a Gmail account you would want to enter your username as recent:xxxx@gmail.com to download recent mails and stop mails being marked as read so that they can be downloaded by other devices.


    Why would you need to do this? I have Gmail on all of my devices (Android phone, iPad, 2 computers) and I've never heard of this. I have Gmail set for IMAP. On the iPad, you set Gmail up as an Exchange server. All of my email is available regardless of device. What is the advantage of what you're suggesting?
  • 4. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    tony_stead Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Meg, this is a workaround for anyone who is using Gmail on a POP connection rather than IMAP
  • 5. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,390 points)
    tony_stead wrote:
    Meg, this is a workaround for anyone who is using Gmail on a POP connection rather than IMAP


    Wouldn't it be easier just to switch to IMAP? I'm not trying to be difficult, just curious. Why would anyone want to use POP over IMAP, especially when it requires work arounds such as this?
  • 6. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    JamerUK Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    imap is a nightmare! loads of inboxes I hate it.

     

    Copy&Paste will work

  • 7. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,390 points)

    JamerUK wrote:

     

    imap is a nightmare! loads of inboxes I hate it.


    Still don't understand. I have one inbox per device using IMAP. But, if you don't like it, you shouldn't use it.

  • 8. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    JamerUK Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    So why do I have inbox on my computer plus sky inbox plus sky sent and on my computer sent, how do I have just one universal inbox?

  • 9. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    jinksjohnson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    To the discussion over using IMAP vs Pop--that's really not the point.

    The point IS, there is NO colon or semi-colon on the ipad keyboard. 

     

    Can anyone explain why this is?

     

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  • 10. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (38,390 points)

    The punction is not on the keyboard in that setting because it is not usually required. The situation that at least one poster wanted it for was unusual and a bit of a kludge in itself. If you are doing typing in most situations on the iPad, there is both a colon and a semi-colon.

     

    Rather than castigate someone for a post they made eight months ago, why don't you submit your feedback to Apple saying that you want the punctuation made available for this rather obscure use:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback

     

    Best of luck.

  • 11. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (71,715 points)

    jinksjohnson wrote:

     

    The point IS, there is NO colon or semi-colon on the ipad keyboard.

     

    Can anyone explain why this is?

     

    I suggest you ask Apple to add this using the feedback channel:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

     

    When you do so, make sure you specify exactly what kind of text fields in what apps you are referring to, because in the places where people do most of their typing (email subject and text, web browsers, and word processors)  there is no problem finding those characters using the 123 key.

  • 12. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    imaginarynumber Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Exactly why is it a kludge?

     

    Many ISPs now use google to power their email. Thus millions of people will require the ability to use colons.

     

    I ended up here looking for a solution to the colon issue, having to copy'n'paste is far from intuitive and frankly a messy workaround.

     

    Kudos and thanks to Tony.

     

    I don't see why the on screen keyboard can't have more than two levels to allow for other characters. It wouldn't affect the real estate taken up.

  • 13. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    Gazoo123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I solved this problem of not being able to enter a colon for an email address by creating a keyboard shortcut

     

    Go to Settings, general, keyboard and create the necessary shortcut.  ( I also created one for my email address which saves time typing it in)

  • 14. Re: Colon and Semi Colon - OnScreen Keyboard
    bensrose Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually, in iOS6, if you are setting up a gmail account and you want to use the recent: prefix for your account, there is no colon in any of the keyboards available, including the number keyboard. The workaround that I used was the one described in this thread using notes to type recent: and then copy/paste. A pain, but at least it works.

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