Remap keys on external iPad keyboard iOS 5?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by mortenandersen, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. mortenandersen macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Using an external BT keyboard for my iPad2 running iOS 5, is it possible to remap the "Delete" key, so that it not deletes text on the left side of the cursor (as a Backspace key) but rather deletes the text on the right side of the cursor?

    When/If Office will be a program (aka "app") available for iPad such a remap will be even more urgent, as many of us writers use the ctrl+Del combination in Word to delete the word on the right side of the cursor.

    Is there a remap program available now that can solve this annoying issue, or is there a combination of keys that can used to achieve this? The fn-Del combo is of course out of the question, as the external keyboard doesn't have the fn-key.
  2. scott.n macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2010
    I think the issue with forward delete in iOS may be missing software support, not missing keyboard keys.

    Ctrl+D will forward delete in OS X, but does nothing in iOS. (However, the corresponding Ctrl+H backspace combination does work.)

    The Ctrl-T transpose combination is missing from iOS also.

    I'm going to submit a feature request at You might like to do the same.
  3. mortenandersen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Forward Delete in iOS5

    Thanks a lot for this insightful information and for your good idea of bringing the issue to Apple in the way you will do. I will do the same.

    Even though this is a software issue, I still will say it would make esp. editing of text much easier if there also is a Forward Delete key on the keyboard, for instance also such a dedicated key on an external BT keyboard for the iPad.

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