3 Ways to Add a Tab on Your iPhone

April 3, 2024
David Sunnyside

The keyboard on your iPhone is sleek and clean, designed to be easy to use. But it doesn't have one key that you might expect — the tab key. That's a little annoying, especially if you use an app like Pages or Evernote for work. But it's not impossible to fix, and Business Insider has found three different ways to do it.

1. Use Dictation

The simplest way to add a tab on your iPhone is by using the dictation feature. Simply open any app where you can type, then tap the microphone icon to activate dictation mode. Then, say "Tab Key" and dictation will insert the tab wherever your cursor is in the app you're using on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Indent Text

While indenting lines isn't as common anymore on a desktop computer, it can still come in handy when you're typing long documents on your iPhone or iPad. For example, indenting the first line of a paragraph can make it easier for your readers to follow along, and can also make lists look crisper and more organized.

3. Create a Shortcut on the Mac

A more complicated but potentially more useful option is to create a text shortcut on your Mac that will automatically sync with your iOS devices. To do this, open the Keyboard menu on your Mac and click Text Replacements. Then, click the plus sign (+) to create a new shortcut. In the Replace field, type tab and then enter a character after it that will act as a special character (for example, 't'). Once you've created this shortcut on your Mac, you can start using it on your iPhone or iPad.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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