iPad Shortcuts: Key combinations for the Bluetooth keyboard on the Apple tablet

How do you type the "at" of an email address on an iPad keyboard? How to copy, paste and format text? Here you will find iPad key combinations for various work uses of the tablet. For example, if you use a Bluetooth keyboard on the Apple tablet, finding special characters, symbols (like the mean sign) and the like is not quite as easy as inputting via the touch display. Are you still missing certain shortcuts or "keyboard commands" as they are called by Apple in the following list? Then please leave a comment ;)

How can I enter the at sign on the iPad Bluetooth keyboard? Which other iPad shortcuts accelerate the workflow? You can find the answers here!

How can I enter the at sign on the iPad Bluetooth keyboard? Which other iPad shortcuts accelerate the workflow? You can find the answers here!

Enter the @ on the iPad Bluetooth keyboard

Anyone who hasn't worked with the Apple Mac before and also uses a third-party keyboard on the Apple iPad is probably wondering where the @ is. Where is the "at" sign or the so-called "at" sign on the tablet keyboard? Just like macOS on the Mac, the @ is entered with the option key and L on iPadOS. The option key is likely printed with "Alt" and/or the ⌥ character. 

Here again in brief the at key combination on the iPad: [Alt] + [L]

Display keyboard shortcuts for iPad apps

Before I introduce you to further system-wide and app-related key combinations, I would like to show you how you can have the shortcuts of the currently displayed app presented to you in an overview on the iPad. To see the list of keyboard shortcuts on the display, just hold down the Command (⌘) key. On a Bluetooth keyboard made for Apple products, the ⌘ key can also be named cmd or command. An input device with a Windows layout is usually the Windows key. If you hold it down, the shortcut overview appears. (Source: Support document)

You can get a list of the keyboard shortcuts for the currently displayed app by holding down the Command key (⌘). Image source: Apple.com

You can get a list of the keyboard shortcuts for the currently displayed app by holding down the Command key (⌘). Image source: Apple.com

iPad keyboard shortcuts for iPadOS and individual apps

In the following table you will find keyboard shortcuts for use with a Bluetooth keyboard on the Apple iPad. If you're already using a Mac with macOS, some - if not all - of these will be familiar to you. 

Global iPad shortcuts

command shortcut
Spotlight Search function [⌘] + [space bar]
Search in current app [⌘] + [F]
Screenshot [⌘] + [Shift] + [3]
Show / hide dock [⌘] + [Alt] + [D]
Copy [⌘] + [C]
cut out [⌘] + [X]
Insert [⌘] + [V]
to the top [⌘] + [up arrow]
To the bottom of the page [⌘] + [down arrow]

Safari shortcuts

command shortcut
Close tab [⌘] + [W]
Change tab [⌘] + [Tab]
Reload this webpage [⌘] + [R]
Activate split view [⌘] + [N]
Reopen closed tab [⌘] + [Shift] + [D]

iWork shortcuts for Numbers, Pages, Keynote

command shortcut
New document / new table / new presentation [⌘] + [N]
New page [⌘] + [Shift] + [N]
Bold text [⌘] + [B]
Italic text [⌘] + [I]
Underlined text [⌘] + [U]

Mac keyboard shortcuts in the overview

Some of the keyboard shortcuts are made specifically for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Most of them also work in the form shown on the Mac, iMac, MacBook and so on. You are welcome to try out which of the computer shortcuts from the following articles also work on the tablet;)

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2 comments

  1. Hello….
    I use the I-Pad pro 12.9 - 2021.
    When I am virtually connected to the company's server, I cannot find the spider monkey. Usually OPTION + L.
    Thanks for your short info.
    Have a nice day.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello! Which keyboard is the iPad used with? Actually, ALT + L should bring an @ to every keyboard.

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