iPad split keyboard & iPad floating keyboard are the relatively new features for the users. These are basically a deep tech solutions for the problems that users face while typing on iPad. Those who are familiar with how to turn activate the floating keyboard & split screen keyboard on iPad can save them frustration while typing. But for those who don’t, can find it unbearably annoying.
What Does Split Keyboard Mean On iPad?
Imagine you are trying to text your best friend and suddenly the iPad keyboard splits into two parts on your screen. Why? You might know even know as you were just simply tying and must have activate a gesture control due to a split of finger touch.
Split keyboard on iPad addresses the long standing inconvenience of having to reach for those letters in the middle of the screen while texting on iPad. We can all collectively admit that texting on an iPhone is a lot easier than it is on a regular keyboard on iPad.
With the help of a split screen on iPad, your fingers/thumbs can access all the letters of a keyboard while holding the iPad from respective corners. Users can break free from the pain of reaching keys all over the iPad screen. Split screen restricts the keys to the corners of your iPad screen where you can reach them at ease.
How To Turn Off/Turn On Split Keyboard On iPad?
The iPad split screen is a perfect solution to the typing problem. However, many users are extremely used to the good old regular keyboard on iPad. You can easily change iPad keyboard back to normal with a simple gesture control. But it is also important to know what gesture activated split screen in the first place.
Using Gestures To Switch Split Screen
To turn ON split screen on iPad, use two fingers and pinch OUT on the keyboard.
To turn OFF split screen on iPad, use two fingers and pinch IN on the split keyboard.
Using Button To Switch Split Screen
Alternatively, instead of gestures you can use a button keyboard itself to change iPad keyboard back to normal.
To turn ON split keyboard on iPad keyboard, hold the button in bottom right corner and select “Split” from the list.
To turn OFF split keyboard on iPad keyboard, hold the button in bottom right corner and select “Dock & Merge” from the list.
How To Use Split Keyboard On iPad?
When you split the keyboard on iPad, half of it will sit neatly on the bottom left corner. The other half will settle on the bottom right corner. Texting on these two separate keyboards is fun because it becomes akin to texting on a phone.
Due to the large screen of iPad our hands holding it are wide apart. In a general scenario, texting with our thumbs with our palms and fingers holding the iPad is impossible. Our thumbs are tiny and can only reach few letters on a normal keyboard.
On the split keyboard, even people with tiniest thumbs can cover at least 80% of the keys. The rest can be reached by extending the thumbs a little. In my opinion, this is a genius move by Apple.
Furthermore, you can also use two fingers to move the keyboard up and down on the screen. There are several reasons to move or not move the keyboard up & down, but it is cool to have the choice.
Split screen is a fantastic way to use iPad. I have personally used it and honestly I have never been able to type faster on the iPad. The first encounter most users have with split screen is often by accident. Nevertheless, it is a funny & quite an informative mistake you can make on an iPad.
What Does Floating Keyboard Mean On iPad?
Floating keyboard on iPad literally does what the name says. Again, it is also be activated via screen gestures. All it takes is a tiny slip of touch for your iPad keyboard to start floating around.
Floating keyboard has some reason and logic to its existence. Essentially, it is an extension to the feature on keyboards where in users single swipe on all the letters of a word to type. At the risk of coming out as a nerd, I am personally guilty of being addicted to this kind of typing.
Yes, I did the lazy typing. In my defence, it is such a satisfying manuever using just a finger to type by swiping around the letters trying to make sense and the phone types with an incredible efficiency.
This comes in handy for people who do not like the keyboard occupying more than 30% of the screen area. When clubbed with the ability to type in ninja swiping mode, the floating keyboard makes much more sense.
Not only do you get a wider screen area, but you can move around the keyboard on screen to your liking. With the smooth animations and transitions of Apple, it does feel fine moving it around on the screen and playing a little.
How To Turn On/Turn Off Floating Keyboard On iPad?
Now just like the split screen, many regular and sane users end up unknowingly activating the floating keyboard. However, it is equally easy to change iPad keyboard back to normal.
Using Gestures To Switch Floating Keyboard
To turn ON floating keyboard on iPad, using two fingers pinch IN on the keyboard.
To turn OFF floating keyboard on iPad, using two fingers pinch OUT on the floating keyboard.
Using Button To Switch Floating Keyboard
To turn ON floating keyboard on iPad keyboard, hold the button in bottom right corner and select “Float” from the list.
To turn OFF floating keyboard on iPad keyboard, hold the button in bottom right corner and select “Dock & Merge” from the list.
How To Use Floating Keyboard On iPad?
When you switch to the floating keyboard on iPad, it will squeeze itself into a tiny version. Using the tiny dash at the bottom of keyboard you can move it around all over the screen.