How to Make a Period & an Explanation Mark in Texting


For most Americans, text messaging is a daily activity. People like to text because it's easier and faster than calling someone when you don't have a lot of time to talk or if you only want to tell them one thing. Along with texting comes the need for proper spelling and punctuation, including the need to use periods and exclamation marks. Those marks and other symbols can typically be found by pressing the number one key on your cell phone while in text message mode.

Things You'll Need

  • Text messaging-capable cellular phone
  • Go to the text messaging section of your cellular phone. On most phones, this can be accessed by going to your main menu, selecting "Messages" and "Create New Message" or "Create New Text Message." You will then be shown a blank space in which to start entering your message.

  • Type the message you want to send. For periods or exclamation marks, press the number one button on your keypad and it should show you a highlighted period. To insert the period, simply wait one second and the period will then be inserted into your message. If you want to insert an exclamation mark, press the number one button multiple times until you see the exclamation mark highlighted. Wait one second and the exclamation mark will be inserted into your message.

  • Press the symbols button on your touch screen while in text message mode if you have a 3G or iPhone-style mobile phone, as some models have puncuation marks and other symbols grouped together under this button. Look through the list of symbols presented to you and press the period, exclamation mark, or any other symbol you want to insert into your text message.

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