iPhone trick: Use the space bar to precisely control the text field cursor

The iPhone operating system iOS is full of tricks that Apple hardly ever explains to you and that you sometimes only come across by accident. One of these tricks, which personally helps me a lot in everyday life, is to control the text field cursor using the digital space bar. To do this, hold down the space bar on the keyboard displayed on the iPhone display and then move your finger in the direction you want the cursor to move. I find this much more convenient and precise than directly in the input field of a messenger, the notes app Pages or to move the cursor in other text fields.

iPhone text input: control the cursor more precisely thanks to the space bar trick

If the explanation in the introduction to this guide was not clear enough, I would like to explain it in a little more detail below. In this step-by-step guide, you will learn exactly how to use the spacebar cursor when editing text on the iPhone:

  1. Opens one App, in which you enter text, e.g. B. a messenger, the notes app or similar.
  2. Enter a message, a note or something
  3. Hold the spacebar with one finger until the digital keyboard turns gray
  4. Now move your finger in the desired direction without lifting it
  5. Stops and lifts your finger when the cursor is in the right place
To precisely control the text cursor on the iPhone, simply hold down the spacebar until the keyboard grays out. Then move the position indicator in the text field by moving your finger.
To precisely control the text cursor on the iPhone, simply hold down the spacebar until the keyboard grays out. Then move the position indicator in the text field by moving your finger.

Advantages over placing the cursor in the text field

Until I knew this trick, I always tried to move the cursor directly in the text field. Whenever I noticed a spelling mistake, wanted to rearrange a sentence or change a word, I had to hold the cursor there or tap there, and so on. That worked more poorly than right. Especially since the target display was often covered by the fingers.

In messenger apps there is also the danger that you act too close to the send button and accidentally send a half-finished message that is currently being repaired. Also, placing a cursor in a word is a spasm on iOS. If you let go too quickly, the cursor will end up at the beginning or end of the word. But with the spacebar trick it's all much faster and easier.

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2 Responses to “iPhone trick: control the text field cursor precisely with the space bar”

  1. Pro tip: if you have activated the cursor placement with the space bar, you can mark a text area with a second finger by swiping over the keyboard. This simplifies the copying and deleting of longer text passages enormously.

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