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Dan Perkins Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
Hi gang,

PLEASE tell me how to get a division sign (÷) on my iPad keyboard.

Any help appreciated, thanks,
Dan P.

iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Eric Ross Level 6 Level 6 (11,665 points)
    When you are in the keyboard click on the numbers then look to your bottom right you will see the key with math signs.
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (12,360 points)
    Eric Ross wrote:
    When you are in the keyboard click on the numbers then look to your bottom right you will see the key with math signs.

    And exactly where is the key that the OP wants?
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
    It's not on any of their basic keyboards, and I've never heard tell of a layout where you can call it up - remember that it takes some real digging into Symbols to call it up on a Mac or Windows system, as outside of elementary school it's rarely used.

    I suppose a programmer could include it in an app - I know they have some freedom to choose custom keyboard layouts, but I'm not sure if they can include symbols such as this.
  • Apfelwurm Level 4 Level 4 (1,700 points)
    Dan Perkins wrote:
    Hi gang,

    PLEASE tell me how to get a division sign (÷) on my iPad keyboard.


    Piece of cake:

    Go into Settings / General / Keyboard, then ...

    1) International Keyboards
    2) Add New Keyboard
    3) Choose Japanese Fifty Key
    4) Run your application and select this Japanese keyboard
    5) On the left side tap the *123 key
    6) Your ÷ sign is the 2nd character of the 2nd row

    By tapping and holding the key with the globe symbol at the bottom left you can easily switch between keyboards.

    At least this worked on my iPad 2 with iOS 4.3.1 - just for the record...
  • Dan Perkins Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    No, I already checked that... for SOME reason it doesn't have the ÷ symbol.
  • Dan Perkins Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    Thanks Apfelwurm, that worked great. Not sure why the Japanese keyboard has it but not the American one. Odd.

    Thanks again.
  • Apfelwurm Level 4 Level 4 (1,700 points)
    Dan Perkins wrote:
    Thanks Apfelwurm, that worked great. Not sure why the Japanese keyboard has it but not the American one. Odd.


    I'm not aware of a western keyboard that can generate this character with one keystroke.

    On my laptop - running Windows 7 - I need to call up the Character Map or type Alt+0247 to get the ÷ sign.

    Thanks again.


    You're welcome!
  • Dan Perkins Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    On a Mac, you simply hold option and click "/"... like this: ÷

    Which is why I was surprised Apple didn't include it in the iPad keyboard.
  • lewisfromtinbeerwah Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Divide sign is alt(option) and question mark :)

  • Apfelwurm Level 4 Level 4 (1,700 points)

    Where is the alt (option) key on an iPad?

  • lewisfromtinbeerwah Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My apologies, I use a wireless keyboard with my ipad since I prefer to touch type.

  • RubyHeart1961 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apfelwurm, you referred to the “Japanese Fifty Key” keyboard. This is not among the keyboard choices on my iPad. (I do have the latest iOS installed, which is 5.1.1 as of 9/14/12.) There were two Japanese keyboards -- Romaji and Kana -- so I chose both. Neither had a division symbol that I was able to find.

     

    My only solution to this problem thus far is to google for a division symbol and copy & paste it!

  • RubyHeart1961 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    CORRECTION: I found it! I was not accessing the Jaoanese keyboards correctly, but when I figured it out, I found the division symbol on the numerical page of the Kana keyboard. So hooray! But wow, how silly that Apple neglected to include such a common symbol on the U.S. keyboard (and U.K.). It's so obvious it should be an alternate character with the lower case "x" key.

  • Apfelwurm Level 4 Level 4 (1,700 points)

    You are right, the "Japanese Fifty Key" keyboard is not available anymore in iOS version 5.1.1.

    But as you found out for yourself, the ÷ sign is also available on the "Japanese Kana" keyboard.

     

    For feedback regarding this subject, contact Apple directly using this method:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

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