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.
While your cursor is within any text area, tap and hold on the keyboard toggle button at the bottom right of the keyboard (the one shown in the screencap at the top of this post).
While you tap and hold, just drag the keyboard to where you want it to be. Maybe just above the block of text you’re working with for example. Note that if you drag it all the way to bottom of the screen the keyboard will dock and merge itself again.
You can move the keyboard around this way when you’re in portrait or landscape mode.
Hope this helps, happy iPad typing.