Did You Know This Handy iOS Text Capitalization Trick?
You’ll be surprised to know that there are a lot of hidden tricks that even many Apple power users are unaware of. Starting with the double spacebar tap to type a full stop at the end of a sentence, continuing with the unlimited number of typing shortcuts that you can create or using the 3D touch trackpad trick, only available from iPhone 6S onward.
But let’s get back to capitalization. You’re surly aware that you need to tap the Shift key to switch from lower case letters to uppercase ones and vice-versa. What if I tell you that you can use the shift key to capitalize an entire word, that’s already written?
1. Double-tap on the word in question to select it.
2. Double-tap the Shift key. The upper case version of the same word pops up in the autocomplete field, at the start of the list.
3. Tap on the suggestion and your selection will be capitalized.
Tip: Shake your iPhone if you want to undo the upper case trick!
Fact: To switch a capitalized word to lower case letters perform a similar trick:
1. Double-tap the upper case word to select it.
2. Tap Shift once to get the lower case version in the autocomplete list.
3. Hit the suggestion and your editing is done!
Looking for exactly what you describe (easily changing the capitalization of a word after it has been written).
The described method doesn’t work for me (iOS 13.3).
Me either. 13.3.1. It used to work, but stopped a couple updates ago. This is a huge productivity loss for me.
Thought the ability of highlighting and using the shift key to get different capitalization options stopped with iOS 14, but it stopped working before that? Hopefully somebody will chime in here on how to get it this wonderful option back or fixed!
I got this to work in IOS 14.7! Phew!
DON’T highlight the word.
Just touch the word (which makes the cursor move to it).
THEN double tap the shift key.
The all-cap word shows up as an option to choose.
ALTERNATE WAY (just as easy):
FIRST double tap the shift key.
THEN touch the word.
(In both approaches, the shift key stays double-tapped so you can change other words by touching them.)
P.S. I also wish Apple would add an option to capitalize a whole highlighted sentence/paragraph. It could be an option in the pop up menu that lets you cut/paste/bold/underline etc.
Thanks for sharing this Cville. Tried your tips while running iOS 16 Public Beta, not working. Not working in iOS 15.6 either. It must only work only until the late iOS 14 versions.
iOS 14 capitalization using the shift key and highlighting the word no longer works. Does anybody know how to get capitalization to show up as a selection or how to capitalize a word or get a word in all CAPS? I’ve tried everything and nothing works, except completely re-typing the word which is a real pain. Why on earth would they take this wonderful option out from iOS 14? Hopefully they’ll reinstate it with the 14.0.1 soon.
Couldn’t find anything similar yet. Do let us know if you make any progress.
Nope. Doesn’t work.
That’s true. This trick doesn’t work in iOS 14 anymore.
Patricia, why did you even publish this? the capitalization shortcut clearly doesn’t work anymore and hasn’t for a very long time. just pull the article offline already 🙄