Q. I often need to use special characters when composing emails and other documents like you see when spelling words in Spanish. Is there an easy way to access these special characters while typing on the iPhone?
A. What you are asking about is known as a diacritical mark. These are 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 the tilde that produces the en-yah sound in Spanish or the umlaut in Finnish, Swedish, and other languages.
When typing on an iPhone or iPad, all you have to do to access these letters is press and hold the corresponding letter and you’ll see most of the common diacritic marks pop up that you can choose to add to the word you want. are typing.
There are many great shortcuts like this in the iPhone.
For example, if you ever need to type the degree symbol to tell someone how hot it is in Texas, you can press and hold the “zero” key to get the symbol.
Another useful iPhone shortcut is pressing the Wi-Fi shortcut to get a list of all available networks you can connect to. This saves you the trouble of going to Settings to find it.
It seems to work on Android phones as well.
Q. I recently installed some updates on my Windows PC and now I can’t find my Outlook email. All searches yield no results, although I know the messages are there somewhere. Is there a way to fix this?
A. Some recent Microsoft updates have caused Outlook to rebuild email indexing.
You can check its status by opening Outlook and then clicking on the search box.
Find the Search tab and then select Search Tools and click on Indexing Status. This will show you how much of your email has been indexed and also when the indexing is complete.
Once this is done, you should be able to find your email again.