Did you know you can create a keyboard shortcut for your iPad? A shortcut allows you to type an abbreviation like "idk" and have it replaced by a longer phrase like "I don't know". This is great if you constantly find yourself typing the same phrases over and over again and want to save time hunting and pecking about the iPad keyboard.
Keyboard shortcuts on the iPad work in the same way as the Auto-Correct feature. You simply type out the shortcut and the iPad will automatically replace it with the whole phrase.
If you haven't followed along with this entire guide, you can get to the keyboard shortcuts by going to your iPad settings, choosing general settings from the left-side menu and then choosing keyboard settings. From this screen, you can add a shortcut by scrolling all the way down and choosing "Add New Shortcut..." from the bottom of the list.
When adding a new keyboard shortcut on the iPad, first type in the complete phrase and then the shortcut or abbreviation you want to use for the phrase. Once you have the phrase and the shortcut typed into the appropriate spots, tap the save button in the upper-right corner.
That's it! You can put in multiple shortcuts, so all of your common phrases could have an abbreviation associated with them.