Another "did you know you could do this" thread

tharmsen

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So, I was watching an episode of COPS on my iPhone yesterday and realized if I double tapped the screen while it's playing that it will enlarge the display to full-screen mode. Television shows play with small black title bars on either side of the video since they aren't shot in wide screen format. But double clicking on the video will enlarge them to wide screen format and it doesn't trim too much of the top or stretch the image out where everyone looks as though they have fat heads, it actually does a nice job.
 

TrippalHealicks

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So, I was watching an episode of COPS on my iPhone yesterday and realized if I double tapped the screen while it's playing that it will enlarge the display to full-screen mode. Television shows play with small black title bars on either side of the video since they aren't shot in wide screen format. But double clicking on the video will enlarge them to wide screen format and it doesn't trim too much of the top or stretch the image out where everyone looks as though they have fat heads, it actually does a nice job.
Well, i'll be damned....didn't know that.
Nice. :)

I'll add my 2 finds in, as well.

1. When typing anywhere, you can double tap the little CAPS "up arrow" button, and it will turn blue, indicating CAPS LOCK ON. (enable caps lock must be selected in the settings menu)

2. Use 2 fingers about 1 cm apart, inside any scrollable text field in Safari, to scroll the text inside that field, and not the whole page. (box must not be selected and have the keyboard on-screen)
 

princess_80854

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I found these tips posted by Docc over at MacRumors Forums. I hope it is ok to post it here, if not, mods please delete. I take no responsibility for this. I just thought it would help any new iPhone users out there who are not familiar with the phone yet.




Phone: To stop an incoming call from ringing, press the sleep / wake button. To send the call immediately to VoiceMail, press the sleep / wake button twice.

Email: To delete email by just swiping left to right on the email in the list and press the delete button that pops up on the right

Caller ID: If you select a photo for a contact from the iPhone, the selected photo is shown full screen for the caller ID

Caller ID: If a contacts photo is transferred with the contact's info from the Address Book, the contact's photo is shown as a thumbnail (just like with the commercials) for the caller ID

Keystroke Saver: The trick David Pogue mentions for entering a period (hold down the punctuation key and then slide to the period and release) will allow you to enter anything on the non-alpha keyboard and return to the alpha keyboard in one swipe

iPhoto: The phone shows up in iPhoto (turn off in image capture)

iPhoto: You can use 'Camera is not Apple iPhone' in a smart playlist

iPhoto: A contacts picture folder /album is a good idea

iPhoto: A wallpaper folder / album is a good idea

iPhone: Keeping the favorites screen open allows you to unlock the screen then dial with three motions

iPhone: The home button can be used to access unlocking instead of sleep wake

iPhone: To use the CAPS LOCK feature, make sure it is enabled in the General Settings. To use it, simply double-tap on the shift key. The shift key will turn blue

Google Maps: Typing in the three letter airport code while in maps will bring the airport up on the map. So if you are trying to view a map of say Renton, WA. Typing SEA (or sea) will bring up the Seattle airport. It's relatively quick to zoom out, recenter over Renton, and zoom in again. It seems to recognize all primary and secondary US airports and many overseas airports as well.

A link to find airport codes: http://www.orbitz.com/App/global/airportCodes.jsp#USK

Safari: When you've scrolled down to the bottom of a page, and you want to go back to the top- just tap on the top bar of the phone (where "AT&T" and the time are) and the page jumps right back up to the beginning

Safari: Doesn't provide scroll bars for text area form fields and scrollable areas in a text page. An example of this is the field I'm using to type this message in. Dragging a single finger on the page scrolls the page. If you want to scroll one of the areas I just described, use two fingers

Safari: To email a page to someone tap on the address bar. The Share button on the top left will create a message for you!

Safari: Page down. When not using a zoomed-in display, double-tap towards the bottom of the screen. The page will re-center around your tap. Make sure not to tap a link!

Safari: Jump to the top. Double-tap the very top of the screen, just below the time display to pop back to the top of the page

Safari: Zoom onto a single picture. Double-tapping images in Safari zooms them to fit your iPhone display. If the picture is linked to a URL, this can prove a little tricky but it works great for non-linked images. Double-tap again to return to the unzoomed display.

Safari: Zoom a column. You can zoom text columns as well as pictures. Double-tap on the column to fit it to the display. Double-tap again to return out of the zoom. Not only does Safari zoom block-quoted text independently of regular text but if you move your finger after the first double-tap-to-fit, it interprets the next double-tap as a re-center page command rather than a return-to-previous-zoom. Smart.

Safari: Stopping a scroll. After flicking a page to get it to scroll, you can tap the page at any time to stop that movement. Don't forget, you can also manually drag the screen display to reset the part you're viewing.

Safari: Manual zoom. This is probably one of the most-advertised Safari features (along with the flip-the-phone-on-its-side-trick) but it's worth mentioning again. To zoom into a Safari page, put your thumb and forefinger on the screen and move them apart. To zoom out, pinch the fingers together after starting with them apart.

Safari: Examining the URL. To peek at a link's destination, touch and hold the link for a few seconds. You can also do this with images to see if they are linked. If a link appears and you don't want to activate it, just slide your finger away until the destination text disappears.

Safari: Well just point your iPhone browser to a Video on google video and choose download for iPod/PSP and you can watch it right there in safari. This also shows that you can also watch videos in the vertical position not just landscape.

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Bookmarks: Create a separate folder / section for all your iPhone web sites. This makes is easy to locate them while browsing the we on your iPhone.

iPhoto / Photos: Create an Album (folder) called iPhone Wallpaper and load up your favorite 320x480 wallpapers. This makes it very easy to pick a new wallpaper on your iPhone.

Address Book: Create several subgroups, this can speed up the location of a contact given the lack of an actual search function. I use Work, Family, iPhone and it automatically puts the All Contacts group. Unfortunately I do not know how to do this on a PC. Hopefully someone can post.

Web Usage: If your favorite 'news' sites offer an RSS feed, bookmark and use that on your iPhone (not update your bookmarks because your iPhone will need to revise the link and use the .mac reader). This can make browsing, even while on EDGE much faster.

Force Quit: To actually close (or Quit) an application, HOLD the Home button for about 4-8 seconds while in the application. Apparently this will save battery usage and will also keep it cooler.
 

falsetigerlimbs

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2. Use 2 fingers about 1 cm apart, inside any scrollable text field in Safari, to scroll the text inside that field, and not the whole page. (box must not be selected and have the keyboard on-screen)
Am I missing something? I swear that's not working for me.

I tried to use it to scroll through a myspace message, but it just brings up the magnifying glass. :(

Maybe it's just myspace...that wouldn't surprise me.
 

TrippalHealicks

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Am I missing something? I swear that's not working for me.

I tried to use it to scroll through a myspace message, but it just brings up the magnifying glass. :(

Maybe it's just myspace...that wouldn't surprise me.
if you're doing it in a reply box, you gotta have the message box "UNSELECTED". There has to be something to scroll through. like when they give you that small "reply" box, and there's 2 miles of past messages listed below....
 

greenjbhsd

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I found out yesterday that if there is a phone number in a webpage and you "click" it the phone will ask if you want to dial that number.
 

Nuggets

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Stupid question, but did we all have to figure out how to use the iPhone or did Apple provide a user manual outlining these shortcuts?
 

luvmyiphone25

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Well, i'll be damned....didn't know that.
Nice. :)

I'll add my 2 finds in, as well.

1. When typing anywhere, you can double tap the little CAPS "up arrow" button, and it will turn blue, indicating CAPS LOCK ON. (enable caps lock must be selected in the settings menu)

2. Use 2 fingers about 1 cm apart, inside any scrollable text field in Safari, to scroll the text inside that field, and not the whole page. (box must not be selected and have the keyboard on-screen)
alright I tried I hold of on this as long as possible, but I can't do the caps lock to save my life. I've tried the double tap so many times with the arrow and it won't do more then I letter! Any advice?