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iPad Tips: How to Use Some Handy Invisible Keys on the Split Keyboard

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One of the many cool new features in iOS 5 is the ability to split the keyboard on the iPad. This can make it much easier to type quickly and to thumb type in both portrait and landscape mode on the iPad.

For some people it can also be a little awkward as it significantly alters the positions of some of the letters that are smack-bang in the middle of a standard keyboard. It looks like Apple thought about this, and they’ve included a handy little feature to address it. But for some reason they chose not to mention this feature or make it obvious in any way, which makes it slightly less handy.

Until you find out about it that is. Now, thanks to the clever folks at the Finer Things in iOS site, we know that there’s a set of hidden or invisible keys that sit just beside T, G, and V on the left side of the split keyboard, and just beside Y, H, and B on the right side. As you can see in the image shown above, you can tap in the blank area just outside the keyboard next to the T (outside of the keyboard background too) to get a Y, and type just outside the keyboard next to the Y in order to get a T, and so on.

Good to know – anything that helps people to make better use of the iPad’s on-screen keyboard is always a big help.

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iPad Tips: How To Move the Split Keyboard Around the Page When It’s in Your Way

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One of the many nice features of iOS 5 is the ability to split the keyboard on the iPad. Doing this can be very useful and can make typing faster and easier at times. I’ve found I’m using this feature more and more and finding it very effective.

I use it when I have the iPad 2 in portrait and landscape mode and it allows me to reach characters I just can’t get to if the keyboard is in its standard docked mode unless I hold the iPad with one hand and peck away at the keys with the other.

One drawback of using the split keyboard is that if you are writing a longer note or editing a longer document with a good number of paragraphs, you’ll find that the keyboard is on top of areas you’re trying to type in at times. When this happens you can’t see what you’re typing. Maybe this doesn’t bother those of you who are skilled touch typists, but I like to be able to have a glance at my writing to spot and correct any typos.

Happily, there’s an easy solution to this little problem – you move the split keyboard around the page so that you can see your latest lines of typing.

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iPad Split Keyboard Works Nicely in iOS 5 Beta

iPadSplitKeyboard

One of the things that stood out immediately at yesterday’s WWDC keynote presentation, as a feature with big appeal for iPad users, was the ability to split the iPad keyboard in iOS 5.

I’ve been trying this out, along with a number of other new features, on a V1 iPad running the first iOS 5 beta. It’s a pretty slick feature. You can just pull the keyboard apart with a natural and easy movement anyplace where the virtual keyboard is available – and it splits into two sections as shown above – with 17 keys on the left side and 20 keys on the right.

You can split the keyboard in portrait or landscape mode; for me it feels far more comfortable and effective to use in portrait mode. It is definitely taking some getting used to in terms of remembering which keys are on which side, but it feels as if with some time it will be more effective for me than the normal keyboard when in portrait mode.

It works in every 3rd party app I’ve tried so far as well.

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iPad Keyboard Troubles? How ‘Bout a Split Keyboard?

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For many people I’ve spoken to, the iPad’s virtual keyboard is one of the hardest things to get comfortable with on the new device.  I know that I’m still most often typing with just one finger (index) – especially when in landscape view.

This iPad Split Keyboard concept – created by Scott Robin back in January – is quite an interesting one.  Here’s a portion of his description of the thinking behind it:

It seems like the iPad’s keyboard, in landscape mode, leaves you no choice but to hold the device in one hand and hunt-n-peck with the other. What if the keyboard was split into two, and placed in the lower-right and left corners? Then, you could hold it with both hands, and type a la the iPhone.

It’d be a sacrifice to the key size, for sure, but it might be more comfortable and functional.

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