The iPad has blown up since it was first released, and over the years it’s become more and more useful. Apple has definitely upped their game, especially with their newest release of iPads.
If you know your way around the iPad, this device can be very useful. When you bundle it with the smart keyboard you have the perfect device for communication and increased productivity.
The iPad’s keyboard is more than just a device to help you easily type. If you hit the right buttons it will make your life much easier. So, in this article, we will go over iPad keyboard shortcuts that you need to know!
iPad Keyboard Shortcuts
As we all know, the iPad is touchscreen and does not come with an external keyboard. It can be paired via Bluetooth with a magic keyboard though, and that works just fine.
The iPad Pro’s innovation of the magic keyboard is amazing. You can have a physical keyboard everywhere you go. Even better, it doubles as a smart iPad Pro case.
Some already know these shortcuts, but many are in the dark on just how convenient their lives could be!
But before anything else, familiarize yourself with the symbols of the iPad keyboard. Only symbols are shown on the iPad keyboard, that’s why it’s important to memorize them!
1. Spotlight Search
If there is something you want to access but just can’t remember the name of the app, the spotlight search can be very helpful. You can easily launch an app with just two commands on the keyboard.
Hit Command + Space to access spotlight search. And whatever it is that you need help accessing can be found in just a few taps. It can even help you find messages or notes with just a few keywords.
2. Go To Home Screen
We often make our trip back to our iPad’s home screen more often than we realize. There are several ways to go back to your iPad’s home screen. Let us add one more way to that list, shall we?
Click Command + Shift + H and this will automatically bring you to the home screen.
3. App Switcher
When you’re super busy on your iPad, the last thing that you want to do is not have an easy access over apps. Busy people have the tendency to open a ton of apps at the same time.
There is a way to access the app switcher much faster. Click Command + Tab and this will give you a view of the apps that are currently running. By clicking the Tab button, this will move the switcher through the next app.
Keep on clicking it until you reach the right app that you want to launch.
4. Dock Preview
The dock preview is not a new thing to Apple users. And with the iOS 11 update, the preview dock may just prove to be an even more useful feature.
The iOS 11 lets you access the dock anywhere, the home screen and even on a running app. Which means, this is much easier when you want to access apps quickly.
Press Command + Option + H to go quickly to the home screen.
5. Navigate Pages And Documents
Getting down to one end on a document is very useful, especially when it’s long. With these commands, this will help you navigate your way around documents and pages with ease.
Command + Up = Go to the top of the document.
Command +Down = Go to the bottom of the document.
6. Safari Keyboard Shortcuts
There are designated Safari keyboard shortcuts. Some of these are common knowledge.
Command + T = To open a new tab
Command + W = To close current tab
Control + Tab = To move to the next tab. Keep tapping Tab to switch to opened tabs.
Control + Shift + Tab = To move to previous opened tabs.
Command + L = To highlight the URL text input
7. Notes iPad Keyboard Shortcuts
Apple Notes is helpful for jotting down random thoughts and to-do lists. With the help of these keyboard shortcuts, it’s easier than ever!
Command + N = To open new note
Command + F = Find note
Command + Shift + L = To create checklist bullet
Command +Shift + H = To make heading text
Command + Shift + T = To make title text
Command + ] = To create right indention
Command + [ = To create left indention
8. iPad Keyboard Flip
There are buttons on the keyboard that are assigned to multiple characters. And although other people find it hard to interchange these characters easily, there is a way to simplify it.
For example, if you want to type in the number 3, you will notice that it shares the same button with the letter E. You will need to tap the shift sign before you get access to the numbers.
But this little trick will save you time and effort. Press, hold and swipe down letter E. This will key in number 3 instead of the letter. You can do this to any button with two character assignments.
9. iPad Keyboard Accent Marks
Has there ever been a time when you’re typing and you just can’t find the right character to finish off your sentence? We know that the buttons of the letters are designated to one character only. Or are they?
The English language may be sticking to letters that do not have accent marks, but there are other languages like French that need them.
In order to do that, press and hold a certain letter until the accent marks appear.
10. iPad Keyboard Split
The iPad is certainly a bigger device than the iPhone, but it doesn’t stop other people from typing with their thumbs. Good thing, the iPad holds a feature that accommodates that. This one is not very well-known to many and it’s mind-blowing.
Press both thumbs in the middle of the keyboard and pull the keyboard apart. And that is how you split the iPad keyboard. This makes typing so much easier.
11. Shortcut List
There are simply too many iPad keyboard shortcuts to remember. Sometimes, these shortcuts vary from one app to another. Wouldn’t you just love to have access to these shortcuts when you need them?
Luckily, with just a single press of a button, all those shortcut commands will be within your reach. Just press and hold the Command ⌘ button for a second until you are prompted with the list on your screen. That’s pretty convenient, right?
12. Pages Keyboard Shortcuts
As mentioned, keyboard shortcuts differ from one app to another. And since Pages is an important app in the iOS ecosystem, it also has its own set of iPad keyboard shortcuts.
Command + N = To create new document
Command + O = To open document manager
Command + C = Copy text
Command + V = Paste text
Command + B = Bold text
Command + I = Italize text
Command + U = Underlined text
Command + X = To cut selected text
Command + A = To select all texts
Command + Z = Redo
Command + Shift + Z = Undo
Option + Shift + Command + V = To paste and match the style of the destination text
Command + F = To show and hide your Find window
Command + G = To find next (while in the Find window)
Shift + Command + G = To find previous (while in the Find window)
Option + Command + B = To add bookmark
Command + R = To show or hide the ruler
Command + D = To duplicate current object
13. Mail Shortcuts
When you are a working individual, easily accessing your Mail makes your life so much more convenient. Here are the iPad keyboard shortcuts exclusively for your Mail.
Command + L = Open Location
Command + T = Open a new tab
Command + W = Close the current tab
Command + R = Refresh the current tab
Command + . = Stop loading the current tab
14. Take screenshots
Taking a screenshot is a feature that we all know and love. You can just press the home and side buttons or you can be a little fancy with a shortcut. Press Command + Shift + 3 and just like that, you will have taken a screenshot. If you also have a Macbook they use the same command so it’s easier to remember.
For busy students and professionals alike, carefully plotting your activities is the key to a successful day. Leave it to these iPad keyboard shortcuts to have your day, week, or month planned out.
Command + N = To make new event
Command + F = Search
Command + T = Show Today
Command + R = To refresh Calendars
Command + 1 = Go to Day View
Command + 2 = Go to Week View
Command + 3 = Go to Month View
Command + 4 = Go to Year View
16. Microsoft Outlook
Many people opt for Microsoft Outlook even if Mail is already built-in on an iPad. One of the reasons is that its compatibility is universal, making it ideal for work. Make your life easy with these iPad keyboard shortcuts.
Command + N = To compose new message
Command + R = To reply to email
Command + Shift + R = Reply to all
Command + Shift + N = Get all new mail
Command + Shift + J = Junk email
Command + Shift + L = Flag email
Command + Shift + U = Mark email as unread
Command + Option + F = To search mailbox
Command + Shift + D = To send email
Command + M = To minimize draft
Command + Option + B = To add Bcc recepient
What Are Your Favorite iPad Keyboard Shortcuts?
Knowing some iPad keyboard shortcuts makes a huge difference in your typing experience. For one, it definitely helps increase your productivity. If you can use it right, this will surely save you some time! Time is money after all.
What other iPad keyboard shortcuts do you know? Tell us in the comment section below!