4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 17, 2012 2:12 PM by J.A. Starcross
Jonathan216 Level 1 (10 points)

It was on the brown top menu bar but now it's not.

iPad, iOS 4.3.2
  • patfromoxnard Level 1 (0 points)

    I spent one hour and 15 minutes on the phone this morning on this issue.  I finally got the third tier tech to realize that the latest update of pages wiped out the tab key function on the menu bar.  It had been next to the paragraph alignment key.  He said he would pass it on to the software engineers but no promise it would be fixed.


    Very frustrating!


    And very unapple

  • J.A. Starcross Level 1 (10 points)

    Not sure if anyone posted this, but to access the "tab" key takes four taps:

    1. Tap and hold to bring up the context menu
    2. Tap the right arrow
    3. Tap "Insert"
    4. Tap "Tab"


    Pretty easy, right? 


    I seriously don't know why text alignment would take priority over the tab key and the like on the top menu bar.  Heck, I'm wondering why it's not on the virtual keyboard in the first place.  The few workarounds to this is to create a specific paragraph style or use an external keyboard, but I don't want to be bothered with both.  Might as well just use a laptop or a non-Apple tablet instead. 


    It's amazing that one change in functionality to the Pages iOS app that I now use my iPad a lot less than usual. 

  • Derryl S Level 2 (195 points)

    I think your suggestion works for inserting tabs, whereas I believe the question is how to tab once tabs have been set. The tab key moved the cursor to the next tab. I have not found a way to MOVE to the next tab.

  • J.A. Starcross Level 1 (10 points)

    It looks like the latest iOS Pages app made it slightly easier to insert a tab, but the damage had already been done as I now use a plain text app to do any serious writing.  Plus this new app allows me to add a dedicated tab key along with many others. 


    Anyway, the process to insert a tab for iOS Pages have been reduced to three taps instead of four:

    1. Tap and hold to bring up the context menu
    2. Tap "Insert"
    3. Tap "Tab"