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.
- Tap and hold on the Keyboard button.
- Choose Undock or Split.
Want more detail? Read the full Tip below.
Turn on the Split Keyboard
Keyboard turn on
Split Keyboard. In spite of the name, this setting controls both Undocking and Splitting the keyboard.
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
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.
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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