Keyboard Shortcuts And Other Tricks For iPad Air And iPad Mini 2

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By Precious Silva | November 20, 2013 7:45 PM EST

The iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 offer portability and functionality. At times, they can substitute a full laptop allowing people to accomplish basic tasks. Similar to iOS 7 in iPhone, people using keyboards with their iPads can also have an easier time working with the device through shortcuts. There are number of keyboard shortcuts that should cut the work and effort. 

For system shortcuts, iPhonehacks listed the following: 

  • F1 Dim screen
  • F2 Brighten screen
  • F7 Back one song
  • F8 Play/pause
  • F9 Skip song
  • F10 Mute
  • F11 Decrease volume
  • F12 Increase volume
  • ⌘ Space Display - this provides a list of available languages. Userscan choose a language by tapping the space bar.

As for text selection and navigation, keyboard shortcuts for iPad Air and iPad Mini are similar to Mac. It should not be hard for people to remember them. The shortcuts are as follows:

  • ⌘C Copy
  • ⌘X Cut
  • ⌘V Paste
  • ⌘Z Undo
  • ⌘⇧Z Redo
  • ⌘Delete to Delete the text to the beginning of the line
  • Control K to Delete the text to the end of the line
  • Alt (Option) Delete to Delete the word before the cursor
  • ⌘↑ Jump to top of document
  • ⌘↓ Jump to bottom of document
  • ⌘← Jump to beginning of line
  • ⌘→ Jump to end of line
  • Alt↑ Jump to previous start of line
  • Alt ↓ Jump to next end of line
  • Alt ← Jump to previous word
  • Alt → Jump to next word
  • ⇧↑ Select the text above
  • ⇧↓ Select the text below
  • ⇧← Select the text on the left
  • ⇧→ Select the text on the right
  • ⇧⌘↑ Select all the text to the beginning of the document
  • ⇧⌘↓ Select all the text to the end of the document
  • ⇧⌘← Select the text to the beginning of the line
  • ⇧⌘→ Select the text to the end of the line
  • ⇧Alt↑ Select the text above, line by line
  • ⇧Alt↓ Select the text below, line by line
  • ⇧Alt← Select the text on the left, word by word
  • ⇧Alt→ Select the text on the right, word by word

It is best for users to enable VoiceOver in their iOS. This feature will allow people to switch between apps more conveniently.  To turn on VoiceOver, go over to Settings, choose General then select Accessibility. There will be a function allowing users to switch on the feature.

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