The trackpad and mouse support has been highlighted among the main features offered by the latest version of iPadOS 13.4. Apple has presented this possibility as a great change that improves the ergonomics when using its popular tablet, inviting us to try it out.
To date, several specialists have already shared some useful tips for those who want to forget about multi-touch and use the mouse on the iPad . Although these features were released together with the new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad they will work with any compatible accessory.
These tricks will go over routines ranging from how to pair the mouse for the first time, to scrolling the iPad interface and configuring gestures.
1.The mouse can be paired directly via Bluetooth:
To make this connection in iOS 13.4, simply connect the mouse directly in the Bluetooth configuration, available in Configuration> Bluetooth , and then look for the mouse, usually located at the bottom of the list. Once there, you just have to tap to pair automatically.
2.Access to the Control Center
To view the Control Center, we must move the cursor to the upper right corner of the screen and click on the status bar indicators for battery and Wi-Fi. Within the Control Center , you can interact with widgets and right click on a widget to open a context menu with additional options.
To access your notifications, simply move the cursor to the top edge of the screen and drag upwards.
4.Develop Slide Over Applications
To reach this menu, move the cursor to the right side of the screen to display the applications Slide Over . Again, you may need to move the cursor to the right outside the screen boundaries to display each app.
5.Use the mouse gestures
The mouse functionality in iOS also supports gestures. These include:
- Use your finger to scroll through a document or web page.
- Sliding left and right also works within applications.
- In Safari, you can move the course forward and backward through your web pages.
6.Use trackpad gestures
The trackpad supports all of the above features and adds support for gestures such as
- Two-finger scrolling for browsing a document or web page.
- The three-finger slide is exceptionally versatile. By sliding three fingers to the left or right you can scroll through open applications.
- By sliding three fingers up we can go to the “Home Screen”, while a three-finger pinch gesture will close the current application and open the “Multitasking Tray”.
8.Change the cursor tracking speed
The cursor’s tracking speed is slow by default, but can be increased by going to the application Settings> Accessibility> Pointer Control . Once there, we can use the slider to adjust the speed.
When using a touch panel, the inertia function, which moves the cursor a little after removing your fingers from the touch panel, can be disabled. That’s a personal preference, since some people don’t like this extra cursor movement.
9.Changing trackpad settings on an iPad
If you are using a Bluetooth trackpad or the new Apple Magic Keyboard with Trackpad, there will be a new Trackpad menu under Settings> General. Here you can change the cursor speed, click and additional settings.
10.How to change the appearance of the cursor
The iPad cursor appears as a small grey circle instead of the familiar arrow. If this is not convenient, you can change its appearance and behaviour in the menu Settings> Accessibility> Pointer Control.
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