Split the iPad Keyboard For Easier Typing
The split keyboard is one of the most under appreciated features that iOS has with the iPad, it makes typing while holding the device significantly easier in both landscape and portrait mode by allowing you to use thumbs rather than setting the iPad flat and trying to type like a normal keyboard, which is cumbersome and difficult for many of us.
Use the iPad Split Keyboard
You can use the split layout anywhere on the iPad, and once you split the keys they will remain so until they have become docked again.
- Launch any app or tap on any text field where the keyboard pops up
- Tap the keyboard button in the lower right corner to bring up the keyboard options menu, and tap on “Split”
Note that the newest versions of iOS also support grabbing the keyboard movement bar, and by pulling up you will also split the keys. This can be easier for some users and it does not require the keyboard options to be toggled since everything is done through a simple gesture. You’ll find the keys start splitting quickly once you move the bar up on the screen.
Adjusting the location of the split keys by tapping on “Undock” can make it even easier to type by choosing a placement where your thumbs naturally rest. Docking and merging the keyboard is available through the same menu, or you can simply drag the keyboard to the very bottom of the screen to rejoin the keyboard and ditch the split layout.
Every iPad has this feature built into iOS natively, and if you frequently use the keyboard in portrait mode you’ll find it extremely useful because it allows you to use thumbs to type, much like using thumbs on the smaller-screened iPhone or iPod virtual keyboards.
Thanks for the tip suggestion Kara