Using shortcuts and special characters

Q. When composing email and other documents, I often have to use special characters, such as those you see when spelling words in Spanish. Is there an easy way to access these special characters when typing on an iPhone?

A. What you are asking about is what are known as diacritics. These are the symbols placed above or below a letter in a word to indicate a particular pronunciation in a particular language. This includes things like the n with a tilde that produces the en-yah sound in Spanish or the umlaut in languages ​​like Finnish, Swedish, and others.

When typing on an iPhone or iPad, simply press and hold the corresponding letter to access these characters and you will see the most common diacritics appear which you can then select to add to the word you want. are typing.

The iPhone has some cool shortcuts like this one.

For example, if you ever need to type the degree symbol to tell someone how hot it is in Texas, you can hold down the “zero” key to get the symbol.

Another handy iPhone shortcut is to press the Wi-Fi shortcut to get a list of all the available networks you can connect to. This saves you the hassle of going to Settings to find it.

This also seems to work on Android phones. 

Q. I recently installed some updates on my Windows PC and now I can’t search my Outlook emails. All searches return no results, even though I know the posts are there somewhere. Is there any way to fix this?

A. Some of the recent Microsoft updates seem to require Outlook to rebuild email indexing.

You can check its status by opening Outlook and then clicking the Search box.

Look for the Search tab, then select Search Tools and click Indexing Status. This will show you how much of your email has been indexed and also when indexing is complete.

Once it’s done, you should be able to search your email again.

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