Video:Beginner iPhone Tips and Trickswith Don Schechter
Get to know your new iPhone a little quicker with these helpful tips and tricks.See Transcript
Transcript:Beginner iPhone Tips and TricksHi, I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing. Today I'll show you some tricks for your iPhone.
iPhone Airplane ModeThere are lots of little nuggets of helpful hints about iPhones that reviewers have overlooked or at least neglected to mention. For starters, there's an airplane mode, so you can safely use your iPhone on a long plane ride.
iPhone Video ViewOr when you're watching a video you can tap it twice to eliminate or restore the letterbox bars. Tap the top to show you where you are in the course of the video and drag your finger along the line to fast forward or rewind.
iPhone Email TipsOne handy tool in email is to drag your finger to letters, numbers or punctuation then let go. If you want to insert just one number into your text, many people think you have to click the screen 3 times, once to bring up the numbers, once to click the actual number, and once to go back to the alpha keyboard.
Instead you can hold down the number key, then drag your finger to the number or punctuation you want and then let go. You will be returned to the original keyboard. Also the iPhone will automatically capitalize words for you.
iPhone iPodIn the iPod, there are only 4 buttons on the bottom. If you use other categories more than those listed, feel free to change them. Click more and then click edit in the top left corner. Here you'll see all the categories and to change the starter icons, simply drag one down over an existing one at the bottom and it will be replaced.
iPhone MapsIn the maps application, you can bookmark places to make them easier to access when you're on the road. You can use bookmarked addresses for either the start or end points.
iPhone BrowsersIn Safari, you can make the keyboard larger by rotating the iPhone before you tap the address bar. If you summon the keyboard before you rotate the phone safari will not rotate. After a few seconds the address bar will disappear.
To bring it back tap the top where the clock is and the address bar will zoom back in. Try out a drop down menu online somewhere. It's easy to find what you're looking for by flicking your finger. To see the actual address of a link hold your finger on the link and a bubble will appear with the URL.
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