How to Lock the Keyboard on an iPad to Type a Letter


The iPad's on-screen default keyboard layout excludes several computer keyboard buttons, including number keys, function keys and keys for various symbols and punctuation marks, all of which are accessible by opening an alternate keyboard layout. The keyboard also features no Caps Lock key, which may discourage you from typing in all caps, but the iPad enables you turn on the caps lock feature when you need to type long strings of capital letters. For example, when you type a letter on the iPad, you may need to type a heading or address in all caps.

  • Tap the "Settings" icon on the iPad's home screen and then tap "General" and "Keyboard."

  • Tap and slide the switch labeled "Enable Caps Lock" to the On position to enable the caps lock shortcut while typing.

  • Launch a word processor or text-entry program. For example, launch iWork's Pages or launch Office Web Apps.

  • Tap the "Shift" key twice to switch on caps lock on the keyboard. The key remains blue as long as the caps lock feature is active.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tap "Shift" twice again to switch caps lock off.
  • Information in this article applies to iPads running iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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