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Tech Tips for Writers #118: Top 12 iPad Shortkeys

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

I find iPads awkward to write on. For one thing, they’re not geared for a keyboard. That’s not to say you can’t use a keyboard with them. What I mean is they’re designed for swipes, flicks, taps, and squeezes. The keyboard is an afterthought–to accommodate those of us stuck in the dark ages of typing.

Like me. I’m not even a mouse fan but after decades of use, we’ve come to a companionable arrangement with each other that mixes mouse right clicks and keyboard shortkeys. So, when I got an iPad, the first thing I really looked for was the shortcuts. How can I do one flick, swipe, or squeeze and accomplish what five minutes of other movements would do?

Here are my favorites, the ones that save me the most time so I can write more (or read more):

Do you have any favorites?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers,. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

53 thoughts on “Tech Tips for Writers #118: Top 12 iPad Shortkeys

  1. Pingback: Tech Tips for Writers #118: Top 12 iPad Shortkeys – NEWTECHTRENDS.NET

  2. Over the years, I bought two iPad covers with keyboards. The old cover was worn out. The keyboard of the current cover still works but it needs to be charged but I don’t use iPad to type too often. I know one blogger use iPad to do her blogging. I don’t know how to do that because my posts usually have text and photos. I don’t know how to attach photos to my blog using iPad. Probably it’s fast for me to use computer than learn to use iPad for my blog.

    The only thing I type on the iPad is using the Notepad to take notes and share to my email, then open my email on the computer, copy and paste it on Word.

    I was thrilled to find out how to delete an icon by press on it, when all the icons wiggle, I pressed the x on the one I wanted to delete.

    I love your “undo typing” shortcut. I laughed when I read it. I love screen shot also. I do that all the time when using the computer.

    How do I do screen shot on my android, Jacqui? Such as when I search on Amazon and find something, I want to save the screenshot and send it through email to someone. My daughter does it to me all the time.

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  3. I’ve never considered having an iPad or any of the other ones like it under a different brand name. Of course, I’m also the one who doesn’t have a cell phone right now. I just don’t have the need for it.

    I’m a “mouse” lover. When I got my first PC, that was the one thing that stopped me from losing my mind what I was learning all the ends and outs of the contraption. I even bought a mouse for my laptop. Keyboard shortcuts just confuse me to no end.

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  4. I don’t have an iPad, but I sure would love some tips for Android devices. Yesterday, I wanted to add a blogger’s link to my blog post using my android tablet but had so much trouble I gave up. We were out of town and I did not have my laptop. I finally added it using my PC once we got home later on Sunday.

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    • I did some research on typing on iPads with their virtual keyboard. I’m a tech teacher and a lot of schools use iPads so I wanted to figure out how to advise them. No structured research but a couple of other teachers anecdotally noted their students typed as well on the virtual keyboard as a real one. Gobsmacking to me. I had to change the way I recommended those!

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  5. Dear Lord, Jacqui, you amaze me! I write my blog on Dell laptop without any mouse or rat’s help. All your helpful tips are TOTAL anathema to me. It is as if you were inventing a new language. But somehow I have now people in 84 countries reading my blog. The last one about the Thames was read by 70 people on the first day. Happy Days! Still, I like your post because it makes me laugh.

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