How do you type on your iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mrochester, May 27, 2010.

  1. mrochester macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hi all

    In portrait mode my thumbs just about reach across the keyboard to allow me to type while holding the iPad In 2 hands. However, in landscape mode, this is naturally impossible. So how are you all typing in landscape mode? I'm finding I'm having to hold the device with my left hand and use the index finger on my right hand to hunt and peck each key. Has anyone got an easier and faster method?

  2. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    I use both portrait and landscape, sometimes with one hand, sometimes with both hands, depending on the preference and need of the moment. Typing on the iPad is very flexible and very fast.
  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I usually don't even try to type one handed in landscape. I set the iPad down, or, even better - use the Apple iPad case to set it up at an angle. Then, I pretty much use my standard touch typing method, except I have to obviously keep all my fingers off the keys. It takes a little getting used to, but I'm getting there (on a physical keyboard, like most, I rest my fingers on the home keys).

    If I'm holding the iPad in mid-air, I grasp it with both hands and just use my thumbs - like I would on the iPhone, only it's much easier with the larger keys. I have fairly large hands, so it's not too much of a stretch to reach all the keys with my thumbs.
  4. mrochester thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    I use the iPad on the settee with my legs tucked under/over/wherever, so if I let go of the iPad to type with 2 hands it just slides down my legs into a totally unusable position.
  5. JayBlox macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2010
    Fyi i saw a typing application that splits the keyboard in half so your thumbs can reach the keys. I found it either in the applications forum or Appshopper website. Cant remember the name though. Hope this helps
  6. PCClone macrumors 6502a

    Feb 26, 2010
  7. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    Fingers, just like on a real keyboard. I think trying to type with your thumbs like it's a cell phone is silly.
  8. mrochester thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    The problem I'm finding is you need to put the iPad on a flat surface to be able to do that, so when you're lounging around in anything other than normal sitting position, there is no flat surface available for this.
  9. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Poorly, just like in real life. The iPad is neither holding me back nor making me a better typist.
  10. BergerFan macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2008
    Mos Eisley
    Two-thumbs in portrait, where I'm very proficient, and two-handed touch typing(like I do on my laptop), when in landscape.
  11. dstar macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    I'm on the train with a beer in my left hand, and I'm typing with my right hand.
  12. Noisemaker Guest

    Mar 13, 2009
    Um. Type on it with two hands just like a keyboard?

    I can type faster on my iPad than I can on my MacBook.
  13. the_fellowship macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2008
    London, UK
    I am currently using the landscape keyboard on the apple case, makes itbvery comfortable to type :)
  14. patp Guest

    Apr 10, 2008
    i prop it up with a small pc of foam, it holds it at the perfect angle for typing.

    landscape all the way baby. can't type in portrait mode.
  15. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    For portrait mode I peck at the keyboard with my right hand while holding it with the left....normally autocorrect is good enough to know what I want to type!

    For landscape, I just type like a normal's fairly natural.
  16. mrochester thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    How do you hold onto the iPad then?

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