iPadOS 15 - List of multitasking keyboard shortcuts for iPad

With iPadOS 15, Apple has a revised and finally also useful Multitasking brought to the iPad. Because different key combinations can be used for multitasking, split view and slide over. Whether learned by heart or with a cheat sheet: I find the keyboard shortcuts for multitasking on the iPad under iPadOS 15 better than the previous display gestures, which are difficult to remember and difficult to master. In the following you will not only find that List of multitasking keyboard shortcuts for iPad under iPadOS 15, but a few more shortcuts so that you can use your Apple tablet efficiently. 

Here is the list of multitasking keyboard shortcuts for iPadOS 15 on the Apple iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro. With the keyboard you can control system functions, multitasking, split view and slide over. There is also a shortcut for Quick Notes.

Here is the list of multitasking keyboard shortcuts for iPadOS 15 on the Apple iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro. With the keyboard you can control system functions, multitasking, split view and slide over. There is also a shortcut for Quick Notes.

Preview: What is the Globe Key on the iPad Keyboard?

Many of the following keyboard shortcuts for the iPad include the use of the “Globe” key. This is the key that is located at the bottom left of Apple, Logitech and other keyboards for the iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro. As with the digital keyboard on the iPad and iPhone, you will find a globe pictogram on it. 

The key on which a circle with latitude and longitude is printed is called the “Globe Key”. For the sake of simplicity, I will also call it “Globe” in the following. Here is a picture of the Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard, which is available for different iPad models:

The globe key on a Logitech iPad keyboard. It plays an important role for several keyboard shortcuts on the iPad with iPadOS 15.

The globe key on a Logitech iPad keyboard. It plays an important role for several keyboard shortcuts on the iPad with iPadOS 15.

System-wide keyboard shortcuts in iPadOS 15

In addition to individual apps and special features, such as multitasking, the system-wide, "global" keyboard shortcuts are also of great help when working on the Apple iPad. Therefore, here is a small list of shortcuts that will help you with the operation of the tablet. With cmd is meant the command key, possibly marked with the symbol ⌘:

  • Call up the home screen: Globe + H
  • Search function: cmd + space bar
  • Show dock: Globe + A
  • Show app library: Shift + Globe + A
  • Call up quick note: Globe + Q
  • Activate Siri: Globe + S
  • Display control center: Globe + C
  • Show notifications: Globe + N
  • Keyboard shortcut overview: Hold down Globe (or Globe + M)

Multitasking keyboard shortcuts in iPadOS 15

The keyboard shortcuts listed above for the iPad are certainly very helpful for quickly calling up individual functions and areas of the iPadOS graphical user interface. If you have several apps open while working on your Apple tablet, the multitasking shortcuts will help you:

  • Open the app switcher: Globe + arrow up
  • Show previous app: Globe + right arrow
  • Show next app: Globe + arrow to the left
  • Show all app windows: Globe + down arrow

Split View keyboard shortcuts on the iPad

In addition to system functions and tools and the ability to quickly switch between open apps, their clear display for simultaneous use is also important for iPad multitasking. That's why there is Split View, i.e. the clear layout of the iPad display. If you don't want to move the apps to the left or right with gestures, you can also use shortcuts here. With ctrl is meant the control key:

  • Full screen mode on: Globe + F
  • Pin the app to the left edge of the screen: Globe + ctrl + left arrow
  • Pin the app to the right edge of the screen: Globe + ctrl + right arrow
  • Replace app: Globe + down arrow

Slide Over Shortcuts for the Apple iPad

Multitasking under iPadOS 15 doesn't stop with the keyboard tricks shown up to now. It continues with the new "Slide Over" function. Thanks to Slide Over on iPad models with iPadOS 15, you can display one app on top of the other apps (possibly displayed with Split View), for example to copy text or a graphic from it or to make a note. By the way, "old" in the following refers to the option key, which may have the symbol ⌥:

  • Move to left slide over: Globe + alt + left arrow
  • Move to the right slide over: Globe + alt + right arrow

Tip: Assign keyboard shortcuts for ESC

I quickly ran into the problem that I only wanted to work with keyboard shortcuts on the iPad. An important key, which is often needed in productive work, is the Escape key. Unfortunately, this is not found on the Magic Keyboard for the iPad. Instead, Apple recommends the keyboard shortcut cmd + period (⌘ +.).

If you can't get used to it and would rather use your own key or key combination, you can do so under Settings> General> Keyboard> Hardware Keyboard> Special Keys define yourself.

iPadOS 14 vs. iPadOS 15 - Old and New Keyboard Shortcuts

If you've already dealt with keyboard shortcuts on the iPad, you might notice a few changes. Because where z. For example, the shortcut overview could be called up in earlier versions by holding the cmd key (⌘), the globe key is now used for this purpose. What other changes did you notice? How do you find the new shortcuts for a faster workflow on the Apple iPad? Feel free to leave your opinion and your experiences as a comment! :)

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