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iPod: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Use the Touch Keyboard

The iPod Touch has no physical keys—heck, it barely has any actual buttons. A virtual keyboard, therefore, is the only possible system for entering text.

The keyboard appears automatically whenever you tap in a place where typing is possible, mainly in the address bar of the Web browser or within a Web page itself. You can also use it when emailing (Chapter 3) and to enter calendar appointments and contact information (Chapter 10).

To use it, just tap the key you want. As your finger taps the glass, a "speech balloon" appears above your finger, showing an enlarged version of the key you actually hit (since your finger is now blocking your view of the keyboard).

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In darker gray, surrounding the letters, you'll find these special keys:

Shift (). When you tap this key, it glows white, to indicate that it's in effect. The next letter you type appears as a capital. Then the key automatically returns to normal, meaning that the next letter will be lowercase.

Backspace (). This key actually has three speeds.

  • Tap it once to delete the letter just before the blinking insertion ...

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