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Have trouble typing? Try the one-handed keyboard

May 16, 2019
BY GEORGE GORDON • Computer Guru , Lahaina News

If you have a large iPhone and big, clunky fingers, you can switch to the one-handed keyboard.

Try this for fun. Open up the Notes icon, and in the lower right corner press the box icon with a pencil in it. Now press and hold the Emoji or Globe icon in the bottom left corner. A menu pops up allowing you to choose three different settings. From here, you can opt to use a one-handed keyboard on the left or right side of the phone.

FaceTime Audio operates over the Internet via Wi-Fi or cellular data, and these calls tend to sound clearer than traditional phone calls. It's also a free way to call people internationally if you make your calls over Wi-Fi. If you make your international FaceTime Audio calls over cellular, it will go against whatever data plan you have. FaceTime Audio takes up very little data, and your iPhone actually tells you how much data was used for any calls made this way.

Before you open up your iPhone to the desktop, notice in the left bottom corner a tiny flashlight circle icon. Pressing on it turns on your flashlight. Another way is to say, "Hey Siri, turn my flashlight on." Or you can say, "Hey Siri, turn my flashlight off."

Open up the Photos app, and in the search box at the top, type in "Dogs." All of a sudden, all your dog pics show up.

Low Power Mode does a lot of little things you probably won't notice, but it has a big impact on your battery life. It limits apps refreshing in the background, automatic downloads, the ability to activate Siri with your voice and stuff you won't miss. To do this, access the Control Center and click on the battery icon to activate the Low Power Mode.

Most people don't know how to access the Control Panel and what it does. Try swiping down from the top right side to the bottom left side. That's at a slant. The Control Panel opens up, and you have icons that let you do many cool things.

Lost your Air Pods again, dummy? Activate Siri and say, "Hey Siri, find my AirPods." Siri will offer to play a loud tone from your wireless ear buds to help you find them.

Are you always getting a message rating an app after you buy one from the App Store ? Open your Settings, scroll down to iTunes and App Store, find the setting that says "In-App Ratings and Reviews," and toggle that off. It's on by default.

If you need to measure something, use your iPhone and an app called Measure, which uses your camera to give you an idea of distance. The Measure App isn't always accurate, but it's handy if you don't have a tape measure nearby. Just open the app and create start and end points for whatever you're trying to measure by tapping with your finger.

If you want to delete a message in your Message App, open up Messages, choose a message and slide it to the left.

You all know how to zoom in on a picture on your iPhone by pinching or expanding your fingers (and the same on a Macbook Pro). If you have an iMac using a mouse, you need to go into Settings, Accessabilty, Zoom and click on use scroll gesture with modifier keys to zoom. Now when you want to zoom in on a picture, just hold down the Control Key and use your ONE finger to slide up or down on top of the mouse.

By the way, download the new app Southwest for Southwest Airlines, register your e-mail and name, then get 500 extra miles for FREE.

How far is your house above sea level? The app called Alti will give you an altitude reading of your current location.

Send your computer-related questions to mauimist8669@yahoo.com.

 
 

 

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