Join Christopher Breen for an in-depth discussion in this video Using an external keyboard, part of iPad for Business.
I don't want to burst anyone's bubble, but it's time to speak the truth. Typing with a real keyboard versus the iPad's virtual keyboard is umpteen times more efficient. Why? If you're a traditional touch typist meaning that you can plant your fingers on the home row and type without looking you're going to make fewer mistakes. Plus, there's something to be said for tactical feedback of pressing a key that actually moves. If part of your work involves long documents you should consider an external key board.
No, you needn't log around a full size computer keyboard rather look into getting one of the mini diminutive bluetooth keyboards available just about everywhere. Bluetooth is a short range wireless technology designed for things like wireless keyboards, mice, trackpads, headphones and speakers. Some keyboards are built into covers that you can attach to your iPad via the device's magnetic edge. Others stand alone, but are small enough to fit into a case or a roomy purse. Making the connection is easy.
First, read the instructions that came with the keyboard to learn how to put it into bluetooth pairing mode. Having done that, tap Settings on your iPad. Tap Bluetooth, and then switch it on. Any Bluetooth devices that you've paired with will appear in a list below, and any that are available for pairing, and that would be your Bluetooth keyboard specifically, will also appear and say, Not paired. So in my case, I'm going to take my Bluetooth keyboard here. I'm going to put it into pairing mode and my iPad will eventually see it. And there it is telling me that it's not paired.
To pair the two, just tap on not paired and it's connected. Once you are connected, you can type on the keyboard just as if you were typing directly on the iPad. Let's see how that works. Here's notes. I'll create a new note And as the words say I'm typing on my external keyboard. But there are a couple of additional advantages. First, the iPad supports keyboard shortcuts like cut, copy, paste and select all. For example, on my Bluetooth keyboard if I press Cmd + A. I've just selected all the text within the note.
I can then cut that by pressing Cmd + X. I can paste it by typing Cmd + V again, and again, and again, and again. I can also undo that by pressing Cmd + Z. And I can use the arrow keys to navigate through my text. So this is left arrow and this is right arrow. Some keyboards have special keys for doing things like adjusting the iPad's brightness and volume and causing the Home Screen to appear. So, I'll press my Home Screen button, and there I am, back at the Home Screen.
Some people get along just fine with the iPad's virtual keyboard. If you're not among them, or you believe that you could be more productive with a real keyboard, give a Bluetooth keyboard a try.
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