Stop the Period Automatically Typing in iOS

Jul 3, 2012 - 2 Comments

Double tapping the spacebar in iOS inserts a period at the end of a sentence and starts another, a feature that can really improve typing on the virtual keyboards of iOS, but not everyone likes the behavior. If you don’t want the iPhone or iPad to automatically type periods at the end of a word, here’s all you have to do:

  1. Open Settings and tap “General”
  2. Tap “Keyboard” and look for ‘”.” Shortcut’ and flip that to OFF

A period will no longer be inserted if you double-tap the spacebar, leaving you to manually insert all punctuation when typing in iOS.

Thanks for the question and tip idea Kevin

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Mr J says:

    Thanks for this. It was especially irritating when tapping out a list.

  2. Trev says:

    I have it off and it still happens, bleh

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