Undock and Split the iPad keyboard


Undock and Split the iPad keyboard
Mac Tip #538, 30 May 2012

If you’ve ever been annoyed by the iPad keyboard covering part of the screen you need to see then you’ll find this Tip handy. Undocking the keyboard moves it to the centre of the screen.

This Tip applies to iPads running iOS 5 or later. It does not apply to the iPhone or presumably the iPod touch.

Update: thanks to Pat who commented that I’d neglected to mention the Setting that allows the keyboard to be split. I’ve added that information in below.

Quick Start

  1. In SettingsGeneralKeyboard turn on Split Keyboard.
  2. Tap and hold on the Keyboard button.
  3. Choose Undock or Split.

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Turn on the Split Keyboard

In SettingsGeneralKeyboard turn on Split Keyboard. In spite of the name, this setting controls both Undocking and Splitting the keyboard.

Tap and hold the Keyboard button

Tap and hold the Keyboard button.

Tap and hold the Keyboard button.

This is a simple tip. If your iPad is running iOS 5 or later tap and hold the keyboard button at bottom right of the screen to call up a small menu.

Options allow you to undock or split the keyboard.

Try either, or both.

Undock moves the keyboard

The Undock button moves the keyboard further up the screen.

Split divides the keyboard

The split button divides the keyboard into two smaller halves which attach to the sides of the screen.

Dock and Merge the split keyboard.

Dock and Merge the split keyboard.

Tap and hold the Keyboard button to return to normal

To restore the keyboard to its normal state again tap and hold the keyboard button at bottom right of the screen, then choose Dock and Merge.

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2 Comments

  1. Pat Rosier said:

    I had to go to settings/general/keyboard/ turn split keyboard on before I could get this to work.

    It’s a handy tip to know, though the smaller keyboard after the split takes a bit of getting used to. With a bit of practice I think I type a bit faster. Not missing the spacebar is the hardest thing for me.

    • Miraz Jordan said:

      Thanks so much for pointing that out Pat. I’d missed the fact that there’s a preference for it.

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