Prepare to have your mind blown…
It almost goes without saying that, in 2018, we are pretty much on our mobile phones all the time. We use them to check our Facebook updates, scroll through Twitter, perfect our Instagram photos, WhatsApp our BFFs, mull over work emails and, occasionally, place the odd phone call.
Indeed, the average person spends a whopping 84 hours on their smartphone every single month, according to ComScore’s 2017 Cross Platform Future in Focus report. However, we imagine a great deal of that time is spent stabbing our fingers at the screen in a desperate attempt to move the cursor so that we can edit out an appalling spelling mistake (admit it, you’ve been there).
Thankfully, though, those days are finally over. And it’s all thanks to a very simple trick indeed.
As revealed by one savvy user, if you click and hold the space bar, you can use it like a joystick to move the cursor – even into the middle of a word, if you want to correct a sloppy typo.
It’s far easier than “trying to drag the cursor itself with your fat thumb,” notes this individual.
Check it out:
Unsurprisingly, the tweet has been picking up a lot of traction online, with almost 2,000 social media users joining the conversation.
As you might expect in cases such as this, there are some claiming they have always known how to do this, thank you very much, and it isn’t a hack so much as common sense (to these people, we say bore off).
However, for the most part, everyone was very excited about the news.
“I’ve wasted so much time!” commented one.
“OMG THIS ACTUALLY WORKS!!!” said another.
And still one more, after a little experimenting, was quick to come back with another bombshell: “Newsflash guys, it doesn’t have to be the space bar, you can click and hold anywhere on the keyboard and it does it.”
Suffice to say, I decided to test the method out at work – and pretty much everyone in the Stylist office gasped in unison as I proudly demonstrated the hack for all to see (there was even talk of witchcraft, at one point).
Some notes, though: firstly, and most sadly, this only works on iPhones. We had one very miserable non-Apple user attempt to recreate the magic on her own device, and she was left thoroughly disappointed.
Secondly, if you’d like to adopt the hack for your own, please be sure to click down decisively and firmly to get things going. And be sure to wait for the ‘ghost cursor’ (a paler indicator) to appear on screen before you start joysticking it around, too, or you may end up creating more typos than you had to start with.