Keyboard & Typing

Copy and paste, use speech-to-text, and access keyboard settings.


In this tutorial, you will learn how to:

• Access the keyboard
• Access symbols and numbers
• Copy and paste text
• Use predictive text
• Change keyboard type
• Access keyboard settings
• Scroll bar scrubbing

Access the keyboard

Select a text field to see the onscreen keyboard, then select letters to type.

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Access symbols, numbers and Emojis

Select the desired option

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• NUMBERS AND SYMBOLS: Select the .?123 key.
• SPEECH-TO-TEXT: Select the Microphone key and begin speaking your desired message.
• CAPITALIZE TEXT: Select the Shift key to type uppercase. Double-select the Shift key for caps lock.
• EMOJIS: Select the Emoji key.

Note: To access more symbols, select the 123 key, then select the #+= key. To return to the alphabetical keyboard select the ABC key. Select the caps lock key, or double-tap the shift key, for caps lock.

Copy and paste text

1. To copy text, select and hold the text then select Select or Select All.

Note: Alternately, iPadOS 15 features gestures that make cut, copy, and paste a snap. Pinch up with three fingers to quickly copy, pinch up with three fingers two times to cut, and pinch down with three fingers to paste.

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2. Two end points will appear. Select and drag the end points to expand or reduce selection. Select Copy.

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3. To paste, select the desired location in the text field then select Paste.

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Use predictive text

As you write, QuickType uses predictive text to anticipate your next word. Select a word to choose it.

Note: Accept a highlighted prediction by entering a space or punctuation. Reject a suggestion by selecting your original word (shown as a QuickType option with quotation marks).

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Change keyboard type

Select and hold the keyboard key, then without lifting your finger, slide to the desired option.

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Access keyboard settings

From the Home screen, select the settings app Settings app > General > Keyboard > edit Keyboard settings as desired. 

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Scroll bar scrubbing

Instantly navigate long documents, web pages, and conversations by selecting and dragging the scroll bar.

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