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Why doesn't the iPad 2 built-in keyboard have arrow keys?

394 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2013 5:20 PM by lenms RSS
lenms Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 13, 2013 2:09 PM

Why doesn't the iPad 2 built-in keyboard have arrow keys?


It's very difficult training my brain (and fingers) to move the cursor about when typing. 


The backwards-only delete key is extremely restrictive and finger-touch insertion of the cursor too difficult.  Every time I go to use the iPad, I find myself trying to reconcile its novelty with its drain on my productivity.


If anyone knows a tip or trick of how to move the cursor using only keys, I would appreciate your posting it in reply.





iPad 2, iOS 6.0.2, 16MB. Model A1395
  • kb1951 Level 4 Level 4 (3,770 points)

    On a touch screen device, there is no 'cursor' for arrow keys to control.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)

    lenms wrote:


    Why doesn't the iPad 2 built-in keyboard have arrow keys?

    Apple did not include them.

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,305 points)

    I can only imagine that the train of thought was.....since there's just 10 inches of a screen, some keys gotta go (hence why there is no ' " ; : etc on the main keyboard.)

    THe interface is a touch panel where your finger is your mouse and with some time you can learn to insert the cursor wherever you want, so getting rid of arrow keys likely seemed a good idea.


    Can't say I don't like having them on my bluetooth keyboard, cause I do. Just like I like having both Delete forward and backwards. But the on screen keyboard is as it is.


    I find when I have a lot of moving around to do or typing, I use the bluetooth keyboard, which I can use much faster and more efficiently than I can the on screen one.

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,305 points)

    Generally, go into your settings and turn the Bluetooth on. Then turn on your keyboard and do whatever they too you to do to make it discoverable. Usually that's as simple as turning it on. Your iPad should see it and (please bear with me, it's been a while since I paired a keyboard) tell you what to do or ask you if you want to pair the devices. The procedure is usually you typing a series of letters or numbers or a series of keys to tell the iPad 'yep, this is the keyboard, here it is and. It works'

    Once they're paired you're good to go.

    The only thing you need to remember is that keyboards usually go to sleep, so there will be times when your iPad defaults to its onscreen keyboard until it senses the Bluetooth one. What I do, when I know I'm going to need the Bluetooth one is hit a key or two, then tap in the text box and it's good to go.


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