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How do you change the language in iPad Pages?

51579 Views 26 Replies Latest reply: Jan 4, 2013 1:08 PM by eannegrenoble RSS
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)

    Hanno of Nijmegen wrote:

     

    Changing the keyboard in order to change the spellckeck only works at the moment of typing. With texts written earlier it is meaningless.

     

     

    For documents composed directly in iPad Pages your statement is not true, is it?  I can change the spellcheck at any time by changing the keyboard.

     

    You are right about confusion, but bear in mind this discussion started over a year ago and that iPad Pages may have changed in the meantime and that different posters may be asking about different situations, e.g. composing directly on the iPad vs editing docs composed in OS X and transferred to the iPad.

  • ivycruz Calculating status...
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    Dec 19, 2011 8:36 AM (in response to vic.k2)

    Well Im using 2 languages on my iPad English and Korean and if I type something in both language they automatically check the spelling as well...

  • fitzlefrog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 20, 2012 8:41 PM (in response to EvEr_34)

    I also write in both French and English, using Pages (or email) on an iPad. For me the easiest way to do this, without changing the ios is just to go to to settings and turn automatic spellcheck and correction off. Perhaps it means sticking to the default keyboard and doing the spell check yourself. Using the default keyboard I find that this is compensated for by the fact that accents, (graves, acutes, cedillas and so forth) are easily managed by just holding your finger on the letter you want to accent and then sliding the finger to select the appropriate accent.

     

    Not ideal, but, to my mind much less fuss than fiddling with hr IOS.

     

    Regards,

     

    fitzlefrog

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 5:04 AM (in response to fitzlefrog)

    Does it not work for you to just change the keyboard between English and French, which only takes a second via the "Globe" key.

  • aRory Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2012 2:32 AM (in response to vic.k2)

    I think I have the solution to this problem. It allows a quick change of language for spell checking WITHOUT changing the OS Language when using a wirless keyboard. Personally I use this method every day to switch between Spanish and English. I'm using iPad 2, the latest versions of Pages at the time of writing and IOS 5.1.1

     

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    1. Make sure you have the keyboard language you want to use added in General Settings (Settings:General:International Keyboards:Add a New Keyboard)

     

    2 Once you are in Pages or any other app use the key that brings up the software keyboard (on the Apple Keyboard it's in the very top right hand corner, if you are using any other read the user manual that came with it to find out)

     

    3 Use the Globe Key, to the left of the Space Bar (on the screen keyboard) to switch to the language you want.

     

    4 Use the hardware keyboard button or the screen keyboard button (extreme bottom right) to get rid of the software keyboard.

     

    That's it! As long as you have spell checking enabled for the language you are using (which is the default setting when available) it should now spell correct in the language you want as you type.

     

    Hope that clears up some of the confusion.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Sep 11, 2012 3:17 AM (in response to aRory)

    aRory wrote:

     

    I think I have the solution to this problem. It allows a quick change of language for spell checking WITHOUT changing the OS Language when using a wirless keyboard.

     

    The standard way to do that is by using the keyboard shortcut apple/command + space.  Does this not work for you?

  • aRory Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 11, 2012 3:35 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    BRILLIANT! Works perfectly! At least it does with my Apple keyboard. Of course, people still have to make sure they have both keyboards in Settings. Just goes to show how problems that we find really annoying often have a simple solution if you take the trouble to talk to people.

     

    Thanks - I feel humbled :)

  • eannegrenoble Calculating status...
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    Jan 3, 2013 11:55 PM (in response to aRory)

    Nope - this does not work 4 me. i want 2 type in French or English on a ( French) AZERTY keyboard.  Linking the language to the keyboard settings is à pain :-(

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)

    eannegrenoble wrote:

     

    Nope - this does not work 4 me. i want 2 type in French or English on a ( French) AZERTY keyboard. 

     

    You should have no problem if you do the settings correctly.  You need to have  both English and French keyboards activated, then make sure that when you tap on those items on the list you have selected French in the Hardware section.   Then you will be able to use an azerty keyboard and, by switching between French and English via apple/command plus space, get correct spellcheck for each.

  • eannegrenoble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 4, 2013 6:51 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    Thx 4 your speedy reply ... but I do have one remaining problème ... I can't see an apple/command key on any of the (integrated) ipad keyboards! - à quick websearch confirmed that I wasn't alone ... does that key exist on an ipad?

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)

    eannegrenoble wrote:

     

    I can't see an apple/command key on any of the (integrated) ipad keyboards!

     

    It doesn't exist on the screen keyboard.  aRory, to whom you responded, is using a bluetooth hardware keyboard.

     

    If you are using the screen keyboard, you use the "globe" key to switch layouts, and you make sure that in the Software category that appears when you tap on the English item in the keyboard list that you have selected AZERTY.

  • eannegrenoble Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 4, 2013 1:08 PM (in response to Tom Gewecke)

    YESSS! At last - brill - thanks a million

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