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Getting familiar to the new iPad keyboard with iOS 9

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ipad-ios9-keyboard-shortcut-toolbarImmediately after updating your iPad to iOS 9, you’ll get the new features. Some of the new features you’ll get are, then new multitasking features enable a new slide-over mode, where you can peek and use an app on the edge of your screen. The split-view which gives you the opportunity to make use two apps at the same time. You can even watch a video while using another app with the new picture-in-picture feature.

Last of the new multitasking features is a new virtual keyboard. The keyboard which automatically turn into a trackpad for quickly navigating and editing text, and constantly offers tool shortcuts just above the keys for simply editing.

When making use of the keyboard, you can switch it to a trackpad by placing two fingers on the screen anywhere inside the keyboard. The keys will turn dark gray, losing all letters and numbers. You can move the cursor by dragging both fingers across the screen, lifting your fingers when the cursor has reached where you want it to be.

If you want to highlight your large blocks of text, you can use the same setup. Instead of placing two fingers on the screen, however, you’ll quickly double-tap with two fingers. The nearest text word will be highlighted. To get more text highlighted drag your fingers across the text where you want to highlight.

The trackpad functionality is easy to use as long as you spread your fingers apart just a little bit.

As you use the new keyboard throughout various apps, you’ll notice just above the top row on either side of the QuickType suggestions are shortcut keys. The keys present will change from app to app, but these keys provide valuable shortcuts to commands such as copy, paste, undo and text formatting. Get in the habit of using then instead of long-pressing on the screen, highlighting the text, then navigating through the pop-up menu.

The same trackpad-like functionality will make its way to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but not older models due to it requiring 3D Touch to activate.

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