Tapping away at the keyboard on a smartphone or tablet isn’t all that different from the physical keyboard these days. Interestingly though, because there are a few limitations like the number of keys displayed, lack of a Character Map-like interface from where you can copy-paste special characters and some more, it takes some tips and a lot of experience to master typing on the iPad.
The iPad’s onscreen keypad is designed to help you type faster, better and easier. However, using a few tips might save you considerable typing time (and the number of strokes) – and it will undoubtedly help you become a pro at typing faster on the iPad.
The likes of trackpad mode and flick keyboard can come in very handy in boosting your productivity. On top of all, you also get the option to fine-tune the QuickType keyboard in line with your convenience. Find out more:
Handy Keyboard Tips and Tricks for iPad to Enhance your Typing Experience
Customize The Keyboard Settings:
To begin with, let’s get familiar with the keyboard settings. The reason why I’ve mentioned this tip right at the top is that it offers you some neat customization. So, based on your personal taste, you can fine-tune the setting.
To get it done, head over to Settings → General → Keyboard. (You can also touch and hold the emoji icon on the keyboard and then choose Keyboard Settings.)
Tap on Settings General then Keyboard on iPad
On the next screen, you get many options like Text Replacement, Auto-Capitalization, Shortcuts and more. Customize the entire settings to as per your convenience.
Customize Keyboard Settings on iPad
Essential iPad Keyboard Shortcuts Tip
Let’s begin with a couple of keyboard shortcuts that you might be very useful if you type a lot on the iPad:
#1. There’s a caps-lock shortcut on the iPad for those all-caps words (like abbreviated names, USA, etc.). All you do is double-tap the Shift key. Tap the Shift key again to get back to the normal mode.
Caps-Lock Keyboard Shortcut on iPad
#2. Thanks to the smart trackpad, moving a cursor or selecting text while editing text is pretty simple. All you have to do is just press and hold the space to activate the space bar (Or use two fingers to press anywhere on the keyboard to activate the trackpad). Then, you can drag your finger on the trackpad to swiftly move the cursor. To find out more about it, head over to this post.
Turn the iPad Keyboard into a Trackpad to Select the Text
Getting a Little Further
Pressing and holding certain keys offers a lot of options. You probably know this already but it is often hard to find which keys offer those quotes or the degree symbol etc.
And having to shift to the numeric keypad occasionally is a definite turn-off sometimes. Here are some more tips that can make typing easier.
#3. Automatic Apostrophes: The iOS dictionary is smart. If enabled (which is the default state), you don’t have to worry about having to type those single quotes in “I’m”, “don’t”, “can’t” etc. Just type “Im”, “dont” or “cant” and the iPad keypad will automatically correct it.
Use Automatic Apostrophes on iPad Keyboard
Of course, when enabled, the auto-correct is a very bad guy occasionally: it changes certain unrecognized words into something totally unrelated that makes for those awful (or insanely funny, depending on the situation, auto-correct fails).
#4. Begin and End Quotes: Tap and hold the quote key on the numeric pad, and you get begin and end quotes that you can use while typing. These make the message look better.
Begin and End Quotes Using iPad Keybaord
#5. Double/Single Quotes: If you’re looking for double and single quotes, you’ll need to remember this combination:
Double Quotes Using iPad Keyboard
Single Quotes: Tap and hold the ! for single quotes.
Single Quotes Using iPad Keyboard
#6. Typing numbers/punctuation faster: I hate having to switch to the numeric keypad just to type an exclamation. It’s a little uncomfortable especially when you type fast. However, there’s an easy way out if you’re in need of those punctuation marks occasionally amidst a lot of alphabets.
Tap and hold the .?123 key and when the keypad switches to the numeric, slide over to the number or the key that you want to use. Then, just remove your finger. The iPad will type the key you chose and then the keypad will switch back to the alphabets. There! You got it!