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Apple wireless bluetooth keyboard - The missing manual

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Mike.Glish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 26, 2010 6:50 AM
I got an Apple wireless keyboard for Christmas to use with my iPad. The manual doesn't discuss the iPad so I was left to figure out some things on my own. I thought it would be helpful to others to write down a few things I learned. Hopefully there are more tips that others can add.

The most important thing is how to turn the thing on and off. Pressing the on/off button produces a green light for a few seconds and then it goes off. So is the keyboard on or off? Press the Caps Lock key and if the light comes on, the keyboard is on.

To turn it off, press the on/off button and hold until until the green light turns off. Confirm that it's off by pressing the Caps Lock key. If the keyboard isn't off, then a keystroke will wake up the iPad. This could be a real bummer if (as I plan to do) you put both in your backpack and random pressure on the keyboard results in keystrokes that keep waking up your iPad.

When the keyboard is connected, the iPad expects keystrokes to come from the keyboard and will not present the virtual keyboard when you want to enter a URL, write an email, etc. To get the virtual keyboard, press the eject key in the upper right. Press again to toggle off the virtual keyboard.

I found that some of the function keys do what they are supposed to do: adjust screen brightness, adjust sound volume, and audio player forward, back, and pause/play. Others don't do anything. fn+ another key doesn't seem to do anything.

For Windows users, you might not figure this one out right away: the Windows Delete key (i.e., delete a character to the right) is "fn-delete". The Apple "delete" key by itself is what most (all?) Windows computers call "Backspace".

Another tip for Windows users is that the keyboard shortcuts for "copy", "cut", and "paste" are "command-c", "command-x", and "command-v", respectively. To highlight text to copy or cut, put the cursor in front of the first character you want to copy and press and hold the shift key while pressing the right arrow key.

If I ruled the world, I would make Macs and Windows use the control key consistently. Windows apps let you use "control-right arrow" to move one word to the right, as an example. I've never found any consistency with the Mac and couldn't find any consistency with the iPad either.

My keyboard was previously owned and came with up someone else's name when I paired it. This kind of bugged me. I searched the web and couldn't find out how to change it but oddly enough when I read the manual it told me. You can pair with a Mac and change the name there. Maybe you can do the same with a Windows computer. I couldn't find a way to change it on the iPad.

Hopefully Apple will update the drivers on the iPad to make better use of their very excellent Bluetooth keyboard. I think it would be great, for example, if you could use a keystroke to go from the lock screen to the home screen, to move between home screens, and to use the tab or arrow keys to move from app to app, then press enter/return to launch an app.

Hope this helps!

Mike
iPad, iOS 4
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,905 points)
    Hopefully Apple will


    The best place to let them know your wishes is

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html
    iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
  • Michael Morgan1 Level 7 Level 7 (23,825 points)
    Don't have the kbd yet, but have saved this text off to Pages for when I get around to using it. Thanks for the good writeup!
    iMac G5 17" iSight 32GB 3G iPad Shuffles (1G/2G) Nano 5G, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Jeff Ericson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm currently traveling in Argentina with the keyboard and iPad. The only foolproof way to shut down the keyboard is to take out the batteries. Would it really be that hard to put in a slide switch or something? I've tried the push and hold on the button, which works until I put something else in the backpack or set the backpack down and something touches the very easily pushed power button. So I only use the keyboard when it's worth the hassle of putting in the batteries.
    iPad, iOS 4
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
    Mike.Glish wrote:
    If I ruled the world, I would make Macs and Windows use the control key consistently. Windows apps let you use "control-right arrow" to move one word to the right, as an example. I've never found any consistency with the Mac and couldn't find any consistency with the iPad either.


    You can configure a Mac to mimic the Windows functions based on physical location of the keys (ignore the labeling). I never did it on my Mac because my wife got too familiar with the Mac convention. Now, with an iPad and a ZAGGmate with KB, I'm glad that I didn't make the change.

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