Accessing an iPad Virtual Keyboard

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The iPad virtual keyboard allows you to input text into your various applications. Learn about accessing an iPad virtual keyboard with help from an Apple certified technician in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Chase Thompson-Baugh with Simply Mac, your local source for everything Apple. We're a Utah-based Apple specialist, with eight stores in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming, and today we're going to show you some more quick tips on the iPad that I know you're just going to love. Now I'm going to show you how you can pull up the virtual keyboard on the iPad. So if I want to access the keyboard on the iPad, basically all I have to do is go to an area that requires text, and the keyboard should just come up. So for instance, if I come here to notes... let me go ahead and start a new note, and you'll see that I'm in a text field, so the keyboard just came up.I can dismiss it by tapping here, and I can bring it back by tapping again where I need some text. So I can go ahead and type. Another thing that you can do with the keyboard as well - you'll notice that on this little keyboard button there's a couple little dashes right here on the right side, and basically if I tap and hold on here, I can split the keyboard into two pieces. Now if I tap and hold on that, I can kind of move it up and down. This is really nice for thumb typing, not sure much in a landscape setting, but if you have the iPad in portrait, this is a really good time saver. Now you can also keep the keyboard together, so let's do that one more time. We'll go to undock, though. Now the keyboard has come up to the center, so let's go ahead and let's move it up to the top, so maybe I can see what I'm typing down here instead. So I'm just going to kind of pull it down, so really quickly just tap and hold and kind of pull down, and then I can push it up to the top. Now I can continue typing, which, this is kind of in the way, but I can continue typing and my text would show up here at the bottom. Now it is showing up, it would just have to come all the way down first, so let's hit return a couple of times, and now I can continue typing like that. If you don't like that, don't worry. Just tap and hold and tell it to dock again, and everything is back to normal. Now another thing that's interesting about the keyboard - if we come here to settings, really quickly let's come all the way down here. So I'm going to tap on 'Keyboard' and here we have a couple of settings for our keyboard. If you're somebody who doesn't like it when the keyboard auto-capitalizes some things, you can shut that off. If you don't like auto-correction, you can shut that off. You can also have it so that it doesn't check your spelling, but I do recommend this one in most cases, because even though you may not like auto-correction, we do misspell things sometimes and that is helpful. We also have the enable caps lock, you can enable caps lock by double tapping the shift button, and we have a couple of other shortcuts here too as well. We also have international keyboards, which most people won't use but an interesting thing about this is we can actually add in a keyboard that's called Emoji, and this is a little bit fun. You know, you may not use it, but let's go to notes, and if I tap in again, the keyboard just comes up when needed. There's a new button here that looks like a little globe. If I tap on that, I now have access to alternate keyboards, which I can get smiley faces, and there's a lot of different styles, but then there's also a lot of things like arrows or OK. This might be useful in a document, if you're trying to set up specific things like, you know, check boxes and things like that. They won't act as check boxes, but you can still add them in, and make it look like you are using that. Again, my name is Chase Thompson-Baugh, and I've showed you how you can access the virtual keyboard on your iPad.

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