Thursday, August 8, 2013

Apple Keyboard: Shortcuts for your iPad

If you are the proud owner of a new Bluetooth Wireless Apple Keyboard for your iPad, and, like me, have not used Apple devices prior to your iPad - you may be in for a bit of keyboard shock. All the old PC shortcut key standbys - Ctrl+C for Copy; Ctrl+V for Paste: Ctrl+A for Select All - none of these work on the Apple Keyboard!


Fear not, the equivalent shortcut keys are there on your shiny, new wireless Apple Keyboard, but just in a slightly different manner.

By substituting the Command key on the Apple Keyboard for the Ctrl key you can replicate most of the primary PC keyboard shortcuts.

Here are keyboard shortcuts for use with your iPad, as reported by Apple Support Discussions user Benjamin Lewis in this post:
CMD – c (Copy selected text)
CMD – x (Cut selected text)
CMD – v (Paste)
CMD – z (Undo)
CMD – e (End of Line)
CMD – a (Beginning of Line)
CMD – k (Delete To End of Line)
CMD – f (Cursor Forward)
CMD – b (Cursor Back)
CMD – n (Next Line)
CMD – p (Previous Line)
CMD – shift – z (Redo)
CMD – Up Arrow (Jump to top of document)
CMD – Down Arrow (Jump to bottom of document)
CMD – Left Arrow (Jump to beginning of line)
CMD – Right Arrow (Jump to end of line)
CMD – Delete (Delete everything on the current line to the left of the cursor)
Option – Delete (Delete the word to the left of the cursor, and its preceding space)
F1 (Dim Screen)
F2 (Brighten Screen)
F7 (Back one song)
F8 (Play/Pause Music)
F9 (Skip one song ahead)
F10 (Mute) F11 (Volume Down)
F12 (Volume Up)
Eject key (Show/hide on-screen keyboard)
Option – Shift (Any letter or number, alternative character)
Shift – ↑(Select the Text Above)
Shift – ↓(Select the Text Below)
Shift – ←Select the Text on the Left)
Shift – →(Select the Text on the Right)
Shift – CMD – ↑(Select All Text to Beginning of Doc)
Shift – CMD – ↓(Select All Text to End of Doc)
Shift – CMD – ←(Select All Text to Beginning of Line)
Shift – CMD – →(Select All Text to End of Line
Shift – Option – ↑(Select the Text Above, Line by Line)
Shift – Option – ↓(Select the Text below, Line by Line)
Shift – Option – ←(Select the Text on the Left, Word by Word)
Shift – Option – →(Select the Text on the Right, Word by Word)
Keep this little keyboard quick reference handy and you'll soon be as comfortable on the Apple Keyboard with your iPad as you are with your PC laptop keyboard. (Note: the Bluetooth Wireless Apple Keyboard works fine with all iOS devices, i.e. the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.)

See Also:
How to Setup the Apple Keyboard with your iPad

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