iPad Pro Website scrolling keyboard shortcuts

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Eric5273, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2009
    New Jersey
    For quite some time I was aware that you could scroll websites up and down by using the arrow keys, but I often find this slow and tedious since each time you press the down arrow, it scrolls only a tiny bit at a time and there is no way to speed it up.

    So today I was playing around and by accident I stumbled across 2 additional ways to scroll. If you hold the "option" button while pressing the up or down arrow, it scrolls a whole page at a time, and if you hold down the "command" button while pressing the up or down arrow, it scrolls all the way to the top or bottom of the web page. With these shortcuts, I doubt there will be a reason to ever touch the screen for scrolling when my iPad Pro is docked in the Smart Keyboard.
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    Just realized I posted this in the wrong forum. Mods, please move this to the regular iPad Forum, thanks!
  2. docal97 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    i agree, it makes scrolling much easier. Using just the UP/Down keys scrolls a bit to slow for me.
  3. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011

    I wonder what other shortcuts we're missing, because the keyboard could be much powerful if it was more inline with what OSX offered
  4. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014

    I've found all of the default OS X keyboard shortcuts for selecting and manipulating text work as expected. Very handy when you're typing up any documents.

    In case anyone doesn't know.....

    Hold Shift and Arrows Left/Right - Select one character at a time

    Hold Option & Shift and Arrows Left/Right - Select one word at a time

    Hold Control & Shift and Arrows Left/Right - Select entire sentence

    Hold Option and Arrows Left/Right - Move one word at a time

    Hold Control or Command and Arrows Left/Right - Move to start or end of sentence
  5. mlovergaard macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2011
    New York City
    I never knew this, so thank you very much :)
  6. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    You're very welcome, I'm always happy to offer up help when i can.

    I'm surprised Apple hasn't made things like this more public, there's lots of hidden shortcuts buried in there and it makes working with the keyboard so much faster and easier.

    It's fine if you've been a Mac user for a while using them, you just try them out as a matter of course.
    But I'd bet the majority of iPad owners have never used a Mac. And even at that I'd guess a majority of folk don't use the full gamut of keyboard shortcuts regardless of which computing platform they do use.

    .... Ohhhh gamut, that's going to be my word of the day :D
  7. tgara macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    Connecticut, USA
    I've found that the shortcuts are contextual depending on which app you are using, and they mirror the Mac shortcuts quite closely.

    To see a list of shortcuts in whatever app you are using (or the home screen), simply hold down the command key.
  8. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014

    I'd never noticed the text manipulation ones in the shortcuts pop ups but I've not really looked at many of those to be honest, so far most of the things I've needed to do are just replicas of the Mac shortcuts so I've just instinctively used them.

    But yeah, holding down the command key is good advice for anyone who didn't know. Apparently it supposed to also work for the other modifier keys in certain situations as well, though I've not tried that either so I couldn't say where.
  9. geekonthepc macrumors member


    Nov 5, 2013
    This is really useful to know - just got my Smart Keyboard! Thank you.
  10. A.R.E.A.M. macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2015
    Los Angeles, California
    Pressing the space bar (if you’ve a keyboard attached) will page down at a time.

    Also if you have the pencil you can swipe from the top of the screen down using the pencil and it will take you to the top of the page. Maybe y’all classy cats already know diss but i didnt.. :p

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