IOS Keyboard as trackpad to insert text

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by gdmedia, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. gdmedia macrumors newbie

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    I just learned that if you deep-press on the #IOS keyboard space bar, the keyboard works like a trackpad, so you can insert text without using your finger on the screen. Apparently, works on any iPhone or iPad with 3D Touch. (So, not the iPhone XR, apparently.) Solves #1 thing I hated about IOS!

    I just happened onto this information online. People I know didn’t know about it either. Are we just the last to know or has this important feature not been much publicized?
     
  2. AllergyDoc macrumors 68000

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    I’ve been here since 2013 and I just learned about this feature 2 months ago. I think it works with devices with Long Press, too, so it should work with the XR. It’s a great feature.
     
  3. Bballrob macrumors regular

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    I decided to test this out on this post on my almost 2 week old XR. It works on the XR too.
     
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  5. dan9700 macrumors 68030

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    who doesn't know this been out for ages
     
  6. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030

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    No iPad has force touch (I’m assuming that’s the feature your talking about when you say 3D touch). What your referring to is called long press and was implemented on devices not capable of force touch.
     
  7. friednoodles Suspended

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    You may also be interested in another little-known text-editing gesture:

    On the black pop-up text editing menu (cut, copy, paste, etc), you can do swipes left and right on that menu instead of trying to hit the tiny arrow buttons on the sides.
     
  8. bmac89 macrumors 65816

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    You can also use two fingers anywhere on the keyboard as a trackpad.
     
  9. haruhiko macrumors 601

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    3D Touch text input cursor has been there since the iPhone 6s (2015).
     
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    I believe it works just with one finger, at least when it comes to 3D Touch.
     
  11. danmart macrumors 6502a

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    Force press on a 3D Touch phone, two fingers on the iPad. A long-press on the space bar works for any device running the latest iOS.
     
  12. charlituna macrumors G3

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    it works on any key and it also works with a long touch.
     
  13. phessler macrumors newbie

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  14. chris4565 macrumors member

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    What’s also handy is 3D touch to be able to move the cursor and then you lower the pressure a bit while still holding down and then you apply more pressure again and then you can select text. Another way to do this is hold down spacebar (don’t 3D touch) and then just tap with another finger anywhere on the keyboard (while still holding spacebar) and then you also enter text selection mode.
     
  15. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816

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    Didn’t know the last part about space bar and tapping with a second finger to select. Handy on a iPad (I know about two finger drag)
     

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