iPadOS Tips and Tricks: Gestures, Home Screen Tweaks, Keyboard Options, and More

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iPadOS, launched last week, offers almost all of the same features as iOS 13, but there are also a handful of new features exclusively designed for the larger screen, which is why Apple split iOS and iPadOS into separate updates.

In our latest YouTube video and in the article below, we go over some must-know iPadOS tips and tricks that are useful to those who have updated to iPadOS and want to get more familiar with the changes.




[*]Quick Screenshots - If you swipe up with the Apple Pencil on the iPad's display, you can capture a screenshot that opens right into Markup so you can start editing and annotating it right away.
[*]Floating Keyboard - There's a new floating keyboard on the iPad that can be positioned anywhere. To get to it, pinch in on the keyboard until it shrinks down or long press on the keyboard icon to bring up the "floating" option and then tap it. It's a small version of the keyboard that you can put anywhere on the screen, which is ideal for one handed use.
[*]QuickPath Keyboard - iPadOS and iOS 13 both have a new native swipe-based keyboard that Apple calls the QuickPath keyboard. Rather than typing, swipe your fingers between letters to spell a word. Hate it? You can turn it off in the Settings app, or just continue to use tap to type, which hasn't gone anywhere.
[*]Overhauled Home Screen - You can fit more icons on the iPad's Home screen, and the Today view widget can now be permanently positioned on the Home screen when the iPad is in landscape mode. After installing iPadOS, swipe over to the right and on the widget, select "Add to Home Screen." You can also get to the option from the Edit interface of the widget, and if you pin favorites, those widgets will always display first.
[*]Selecting Text - There are several new gestures in iOS and iPadOS 13, but most of these are the most useful on the larger screen of an iPad. To select text, simply slide your finger over the text to select it. Use a double tap to select a single word, a triple tap to select a sentence, and a quadruple tap to select a paragraph.
[*]Scroll Bar Updates - To scroll faster than you can with a swipe, grab the scroll bar with a finger and drag it up or down to get where you want to go on the page.
[*]Moving Cursor - Moving the cursor is easier than ever. Stick a finger on it and drag it wherever you want it to go in a note or document.
[*]Cut, Copy and Paste - There are new gestures for copying and pasting in iPadOS. Pinch inwards with three fingers until you see the copy icon, pinch outwards with three fingers to paste, and to cut, use the copy gesture two times in a row.
[*]Undo/Redo - When you're typing something up, you can use a three finger swipe to the left to undo and a three finger swipe to the right to redo.
[*]Multi-Item Select - To select multiple items, such as items in a list, multiple messages, emails, and more, tap and hold with two fingers and then drag downwards.
[*]Slide Over Improvements - You can now drag apps into Slide Over on the left or the right side of the screen, and you can open multiple Slide Over apps. Swap between them with a swipe, and swipe up and hold to get to an interface where you can see all of your open Slide Over apps and close the ones you don't need.
[*]Multiple Windows - You can now use two windows of the same app side-by-side in multitasking mode, so you can have two Safari web pages open or work on two Pages documents at once.
[*]Multitasking Notifications - There's also a neat feature that lets you drag an incoming notification into a Split View window. When you receive a notification from an app like Messages, just drag it over to one side of the screen to open it in Split View.
[*]App Exposé - An App Exposé feature shows you all of the open windows you have for a specific app in Slide Over or Split View. To use it, hold down on an icon in the dock and you'll see all of the open windows. You can also long press on an app's icon on the Home screen and choose "Show All Windows."
[*]Mouse Support - iPadOS lets you use a mouse with your iPad, but it's not a mainline feature -- it's an Accessibility option. If you want to try it out, pair a Bluetooth mouse with your iPad using the Bluetooth settings and then open up the Accessibility settings, choose Touch, and activate Assistive Touch.

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metalsiren

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I wish for scrolling with Magic Mouse etc when used on iPad OS. Not to mention official support as to get it to work you have to add the device a different way then you would normally do a standard Bluetooth mouse.
 
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jonnysods

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Its good to see them improving things and the additional functionality. Kind of feels like I'm practicing for an exam or something though! So many things to remember!
 

Yojimbo007

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A few points about slide over , tabs and split view that need to be reassessed and fixed IMO

1- When an app from slide over is made full screen.. the previous full screen app closes. .. IMO it with be better if it swapped places with the new app in the slide over rather than disappear.
2- its impossible to move an open tab on safari to the extreme top left or right of tabs section if many tabs are open. It pushes the tab in split view .. or slide over view.. and puts the tab on another safari screen. To see this have quite a few tabs open.
3-after the above separation of tab in its own safari screen.. its impossible to re-merge the safari screen back into the tab it was in the previous safari screen . This was easily accomplished before iPadOS. Tabs could easily be slid over to create a new page/split screen and re-merged back as tabs.
4-’close all other tabs’ on tap and hold on tab pop-out option is very dangerous! Whats its point anyway? It can easily accidentally be taped on and without any warning is closes all other tabs.. it does not even ask for confirmation...
 

fmcshan

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I love the iPadOS update and it really pushes the iPad to becoming closer and closer to a laptop/tablet hybrid, but iPadOS is still riddled with bugs.
 

bluespark

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Not sure if it matters, but that’s not an (edit: exclusively) iOS 13 issue. I had that many times on 12 and not at all on 13 yet, even during beta.
Interesting -- I had not experienced this before. What's especially weird is that the rest of the interface is usable even while the dock is sideways and glued to the wrong part of the screen. Personally, I'm running into lots of bugs like this in iOS 13.
 

name99

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Some serious problems, which should limit your rush to upgrade:

- the new mini-keyboard does not work with some apps. Worst case appears to be 1Password, which is completely incompatible with it.

- you can no longer "slide-over launch" apps from a FOLDER in the dock. This is a serious usability problem because the most sensible way to use lots of multi-tasking on iOS is to put lots of utility apps in a folder in the Dock, and quickly launch them as slide-over to perform a quick task.
You can kinda fake it by launching a lot of apps in slideover and then spinning the slideover carousel, but that's actually slower and clunkier. I hope this inability to launch is a dumb oversight bug that will be fixed in 13.2!

- quite a few services seem to have changed their iCloud data storage. By itself, who cares? But it means that these apps are out of synch with their Mac counterparts! And this means that until Catalina is released (MAYBE Friday, but who really knows?) if you upgrade today, say goodbye to clean interoperation between your Mac and your iOS devices for everything from Photos to Safari Tabs to Reminders. It's actually a surprisingly large hassle!

Bottom line:
- I would NOT recommend upgrading AT ALL if you use a Mac, not until Catalina is available.
- I would NOT recommend upgrading if you use 1Password, not till 1Password is updated.
- anyone else, sure it's nice. But there are enough roughnesses that it's probably worth waiting till 13.2
 

name99

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A few points about slide over , tabs and split view that need to be reassessed and fixed IMO

2- its impossible to move an open tab on safari to the extreme top left or right of tabs section if many tabs are open. It pushes the tab in split view .. or slide over view.. and puts the tab on another safari screen. To see this have quite a few tabs open.

Yes. This is irritating as heck! There are a number of little issues like this where the gestures are tuned incorrectly and behave horribly badly!

3-after the above separation of tab in its own safari screen.. its impossible to re-merge the safari screen back into the tab it was in the previous safari screen . This was easily accomplished before iPadOS. Tabs could easily be slid over to create a new page/split screen and re-merged back as tabs.
4-’close all other tabs’ on tap and hold on tab pop-out option is very dangerous! Whats its point anyway? It can easily accidentally be taped on and without any warning is closes all other tabs.. it does not even ask for confirmation...

Again 100 percent agree. Terrible design, way too easy to hit by mistake -- and not enough protection against mistakes!!!


Another pain point is that there's way too much dancing and sliding and generally trying random things to try to force an existing open app to go into SlideOver. Most of this seems to be driven by a desire to have gestures in Springboard (sliding up an app on the dock, long pressing apps till they wiggle) still behave the way they used. So you can't, when Springboard is active, launch an app as SlideOver by pulling it upward --- unlike EVERYWHERE else in the UI. Way to help muscle memory, Apple!

IMHO this is all driven by a totally dumb philosophy.
Apple has embraced a new UI world-view, based on certain gestures in certain places, and popup menus in other places. And it mostly works GREAT.
EXCEPT when you hit Springboard (ie the launch screen) and everything reverts to the old way of doing thing! It's ridiculous, Apple trying to hold onto this old UI, especially when everyone HATES that old UI -- come on, is there a single Apple user on earth who likes that ridiculous business of trying to move apps to the correct place while they are wiggling and moving like made underneath your fingers?

I hope Apple's number one priority for iPadOS14 is to rethink Springboard to make it COMPLETELY consistent with the new UI paradigms.
 

WannaGoMac

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I found the new method to select text doesn’t work reliably. The only way I can ever select text is double tapping on the word which then gives me the sliders to pick the stuff I want to highlight. I tried this selecting a sentence that doesn’t work, I tried doing the triple tap for a paragraph that doesn’t work either.

I really miss the magnifying glass that actually worked every time. Now I can’t see the cursor when I’m trying to move it around that screen to place it.


pretty lousy
 

FloatingBones

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Joe, I'd love to see you demonstrate how to connect an Apple Magic Trackpad 2 to iPads. I saw a quick demo at my local Apple store with an iPad Pro. Apparently (according to the sales floor staff) one must pair the Trackpad by using a USB-C to Lightning cable.

Is that really true? Is there no way to pair wirelessly? Also, can one connect a non-Pro iPad to the Trackpad with a Lightning-Lightning cable? Finally, is there no way to pair the first-generation Trackpad to an iPad?

Thanks!
 

mannyvel

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Is that really true? Is there no way to pair wirelessly? Also, can one connect a non-Pro iPad to the Trackpad with a Lightning-Lightning cable? Finally, is there no way to pair the first-generation Trackpad to an iPad?
I'm surprised it doesn't pair via Bluetooth. I don't have a magic trackpad anymore, so I can't test it. You might be able to do it at the Apple store; just grab the MT from a Mac Mini and bring it over to the iPad section.
 

bmac89

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Not sure if it matters, but that’s not an (edit: exclusively) iOS 13 issue. I had that many times on 12 and not at all on 13 yet, even during beta.
Yes I got that dock orientation bug in iOS 11. Still not fixed and I’m sure there will be other iOS 11 bugs remaining to discover.

Didn't know about that multi-item select. Thanks Macrumors!
Unless I’m missing something (or perhaps it works differently) I could select multiple items such as numerous emails in iOS 11 by grabbing and holding whilst using another finger to tap on the other emails.

Or perhaps this feature is like the multi select which has been in the photos app I.e by swiping over the photos to select an entire row etc?

Can someone please enlighten me on this?

Thanks
 

shanklinland

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Considering that in the beginning they didn't mention mouse support at all and then clarified that it's meant for accessibility I find it odd that they buried it about as deep in accessibilities as they could.

If someone needs it you'd think they wouldn't make that person jump through hoops to activate and configure it.

Also odd that Apple says some accessibility folks need it. I find it difficult to believe that they didn't need it on day 1 in 2010 or in any of the 9 years since.
 

CTU Kyoto

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Pinning widgets to the home screen doesn't work on iPad mini 5, by the way. I couldn't see this lack of feature parity noted anywhere in Apple marketing materials or on reviews of the new OS.
 

MacOH21

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I love these videos. I especially love seeing a fellow Cleveland Browns fan work their fandom into these videos. Well done sir!

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RichHI

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Not a fan. Lots of UI tweaks I do not care about and has messed up the VPN. Every time phone goes to sleep it messes up VPN so I get a you are not connected to the internet message and have to go back into vpn turn it off and on. Happens on both the ones we use. Wish I had not updated.
 

MisterSavage

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The one thing that seems weird is when I have multiple apps in slide-over. If I'm looking at one and dismiss the stack when I bring it back it defaults to a different app than the one I was last using.