How to Type on the iPad


One of the iPad's impressive features includes a standard QWERTY keyboard -- the same keyboard on desktop computers and laptops. Although a few differences exist between the iPad's keyboard and these other devices, it still functions basically the same: you can capitalize letters as well as enter numbers and assorted characters, just as you would if you were typing a report or paper on a standard computer.

  • Press inside a text-entry field to open the keyboard.

  • Press the letter keys to type as desired.

  • Press the "Up Arrow" to capitalize the next letter you want to type.

  • Press the ".?123" button to type numbers or shift characters, which are the characters you get on a computer when you press "Shift" plus a number. Examples of shift characters include !, & and @.

  • Press the "Undo" key to undo the last word you typed.

  • Press the "#+=" button to show more special characters. This button only appears on the number keyboard.

  • Press the "ABC" button to return to the letters keyboard. This button is available on all of the keyboards.

  • Press the "Keyboard" button to hide the keyboard. Press within the text field to redisplay the keyboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • As you start to type a word, the iPad will display the work it thinks you want immediately below the word you are typing. If it is not the correct word, press the "X" next to the auto-correct word, or that is the word the iPad will use.
  • Some iPad cases let you prop the iPad up, which may make it easier for you to type.

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