Do You Miss the .com Button on the iOS 7 Keyboard? Use This Trick

iOS 7 has changed the keyboard you can use when typing on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. One of the changes is the removal of the .com button; the button that let you type “.com” with a single keypress when entering web addresses.

While this button won’t be coming back soon, there’s a way to type .com with one-and-a-half keypresses. When you’re in a web browser, and want to type .com, just tap and hold the . button to the right of the space bar, and you’ll see a popup menu which lets you choose from a number of top-level domains: as you can see below, I can choose from .us, .org, .edu, .net and .com.

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If your region settings are not set to United States, you’ll have some different options: for example, if you’re in the United Kingdom, you’ll see .co.uk; if you’re in France, you’ll see .fr; and so on.

(By the way, this isn’t new; it’s been part of iOS for a long time. But since the .com button has disappeared, many people who didn’t know about this tip will benefit.)

There are other typing shortcuts you can use with this same technique. See iOS 7 Quick Typing Tips: Quickly Type Capital Letters and Punctuation

Also, iOS 7 keyboards are contextual; they change according to which app you use. See this article for more.

30 thoughts on “Do You Miss the .com Button on the iOS 7 Keyboard? Use This Trick

  1. The idea of holding a button down (and a key, physical or virtual) for an extended period, somehow-defined, in order to invoke a variation on what that button would normally effect goes back to the 80s. On the Mac. If you dig into the workings of HyperCard (met it rest in eternal peace in software heaven), you’ll almost immediately stumble upon the notions onMouseDown, onMouseUp, etc.. These should tell you that the click, tap, or press of a button (or key) was recognized even then, chez Apple, as being divisible, and that time (i.e. duration) was (at least potentially a meaningful, and useful, attribute of the action being taken by the user via their finger. For later systems that the original Apple system versions, you might want to look at, say, the workings of OneFingerSnap (which works even in recent versions of OS X); it converts a long-press of the primary mouse button (or trackpad button, if so equipped) into a secondary button press (right-click/control-click), which typically results in the display of the contextual menu. There are other examples in software, too—some older, and at least one of which was Windows-specific. Upshot: the button-down-and-hold enhancement business predates even the idea of Android. Untwist your knickers

  2. What’s pretty funny is my son has 31 keyboards enabled (just because he can) so when he holds down . he gets a full screen grid of 23 different choices.

  3. Who can I talk to to add the .gov .mil in addition to those already listed.

    State and federal agencies have approved iOS yet we still need to hand jam this information…

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