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I edit Markdown documents on iPhone 7 sometimes. Some of the documents I want to work with are pretty long — 15,000 words or more.

When I open a document to work on it (for example in the Byword or Ulysses apps, or even just a really long email), usually I want to append new text to the end of the document.

Scrolling to the end of a 15k-word file by swiping repeatedly takes a really long time.

Is there some functional equivalent of an "end" button in iOS?


UPDATE

Hm. We seem to be getting hung up on the idea of an "end button." Maybe I shouldn't have used that analogy.

By "equivalent to" I mean any UI control, whether it's a gesture or a hidden control or anything at all that will take you directly to the end of a file. It doesn't have to be a button.

To be clear, what I'm asking is, is there some way, any way, to go instantly to the end of a file?

  • Is your question about an End button in Byword/Ulysses or in iOS in general? – fsb Oct 27 '16 at 3:08
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    I'm not aware of a scroll to end gesture, but I do know that any Bluetooth keyboard with an End key equivalent will work just the same in iOS as it does in macOS. – CyberSkull Oct 28 '16 at 13:51
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    You can use all the same standard macOS keyboard shortcuts on iOS as well. I recommend getting a keyboard if you do lots of heavy text work on your iOS device. – CyberSkull Oct 28 '16 at 14:48
  • Ok, thanks again. I do appreciate the advice, and I'm sure that solution would work for a lot of people. In my case, a keyboard would defeat the purpose. It's a phone. I want to do a little inconspicuous writing on in while I'm waiting for this or that. If you throw in a keyboard, it's no longer just a phone and now I need a backpack and some sort of stand or dock to hold the phone vertically. At that point, I might as well just bring my laptop. But I'm sure that suggestion is 100% viable for people who focus the bulk of their work on their mobile devices. – Agvorth Oct 28 '16 at 15:04
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Based on your updated question, the answer is no; there's not a standard, built-into iOS way to go to the end of a file.

Individual apps are able to create custom gestures or menu commands to perform that function, so it might exist in specific apps but there's no standard way that works with every app.

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My long doc is a roll up of my notes for the year so I can do a Find for something like "08-25" to jump to my entry for August 25, for example, but that of course won't work in all files.

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