Unlock The Potential Of Your iPad’s Keyboard [Video How-To]



While the iPad’s onscreen virtual keyboard is nice, it still doesn’t compare with a physical keyboard in usability. Fortunately, Apple includes some relatively hidden features which can greatly improve typing speed as well as usability on the iPad’s keyboard. In this video you’ll find out how to enable these features and use them to their full potential.

  • Gustavo Santana

    it would be nice to know what features you will be showing on the video, so those of us that already know about it don’t have to watch to find out

    anyways, good stuff

  • aramishero

    I have iPad 2, but I didn’t know the special feature on the keyboard. This is very useful for newbie.

  • martinberoiz

    Great! I knew most of them, but there were some I didn’t know.

  • Gary Menszyk

    Don’t forget that you can do possessives quickly. For example, “she’ll” can be gotten by typing “shelll” and “we’ll” by typing “welll” .

  • Michael Steeber

    Cool! I didn’t know that one. 

  • jessicamagert

    i knew some already, thanks for sharing. 

  • Bobby Kuykendall

    Thanks alot I knew a lot of the shortcuts you show and I even learned a few I didn’t know. Thanks for you hard work.

  • Gene

    Just wondering – why does this have to be a six-minute video instead of, you know, just letting us read?

  • Rackmaster

    Very useful. Thanks.

  • Naga

    Actually, that was covered with apostrophe!

  • VotersRights

    Wow Michael, that is the most helpful iPad article I’ve seen in quite a while, thank you!

  • Hampus

    Nice, but there were no need for this to be a video…

  • Kalcifero

    Not worthy to stand as a article for itself. Mentioning snippets should suffice to cultofmac’s audience segment. Trying to reach out to wider segment? Doesn’t fit in nice, should seek alternatives.

  • Paul

    Good content but the style of the presenter is awful. He repeats everything twice or three times as though his audience are idiots. He needs some journalism training so he knows how to more professionally present his ideas and should learn to be crisp in his delivery.

  • God

    gah already been said but learn how to edit and present a video. for slow connections this is painful and really degrades to the overal professionalism of the site

  • madhatter61

    Turn off the music … can’t hear the commentary

  • Sean

    I was hesitant to watch because of the length, but it was very informative. Thanks!

  • Michael Steeber

    Music? I didn’t have any in it. 

  • Michael Steeber

    The one time I repeated something was an editing error. I caught that after I had the post up. 

  • A nony mouse.

    Ok…except this video could have been planned out and 3 minutes instead of 6. You need to plan some sort of outline first until you are good at speaking succinctly. 

  • Michael Steeber

    I actually did have an outline. I guess I was just born a ramblin’ man. 

  • Jessie Nicholes

    cool keypad hope it will be very fabolous in front of everyone.

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  • Carltaute

    Some of us can’t hear well.  A printed page would be appreciated.

  • tinbert

    I knew most of the tricks, but the few gems made it worth to watch the whole video, thx!
    What you did’nt know: you don’t need to move your finger up to choose one of the “popup” options, say on the .com button. Just hold and slide horizontally. It does’nt work for two-line-options, but there you can move your finger above the top line and it becomes easier to see what character is selected.

  • Will Harford

    I’ve always found a good trick if you’re trying to write “We’re” is to write “weree” and the auto correct will come up with the apostrophe.

    …That being said, the dictionary does differ dependant on what it’s learned from you.

  • Snarkophile

    Excellent tips – good job – learned some new tips. For those who felt the need to criticize Michael,
    he send you a refund for what you paid, and a time critic. 
    Where do you work, we’ll come down tomorrow and see how professional you are.

  • Tandgcousins

    Thank you, Michael. As a new comer to iPad I found this so interesting and helpful.

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  • Donald Nordeng

    Wow, lots of negativity! Such a downer, why bother adding that type of comment.  Thanks for the tips Michael, personally I enjoyed the video, didn’t know any of the tips until I saw this.  

  • RetroMacCast

    Did you mention these tips apply to iPhone as well?  They do!

  • Rainbowbob

    thanks this will make my typing a lot easier

  • A Name

    I don’t have time to watch the video, but I have TONS of time to debate the merits of video versus text.

  • Slamdrunk

    You have a really bad accent dude.. nice video but man you should let someone else speak on the video.

  • Andrew

    Great video. Very well presented.

    I’m a heavy iPad user and learnt loads – will really help me.

    Thank you.


  • Cultmember

    Michael, thanks for the tips. Makes me wanna run out and buy an iPad. DOH! I already have one. Some I knew, some new. Keep up the great work. Love your accent. ;^) 

  • Green93455

    I found the video very helpful.  Please disregard all of the snide comments and keep helping others who appreciate your time and effort

  • Suzasmessages

    Fantastic … thank you so much…

  • John Forde

    Thanks… truly useful. I didn’t know most of those.

  • Concerned

    Quick question…would it be possible to add more distracting/fakey hand gestures in the video to make it even more annoying? Seriously though, thanks for the information, it was very useful but please back off the hundreds of over the top gestures to improve future videos.

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  • Otmj

    Very helpful – thank you!