The iPad is a very versatile, powerful, lightweight and long-lasting device. These features are making more and more people choose the Apple tablet for their work and with the arrival of iPadOS even more people will adopt it.
Although they’re slowly getting closer, iPads can’t completely replace computers, although there are tasks where you won’t miss a laptop or desktop. For example, when creating text documents.
Due to the design of the iPad operating system, distractions will be reduced and you will work more efficiently. On top of that, if you learn some keyboard shortcuts you’ll be able to be even faster working with the device.
This time I want to talk to you about keyboard shortcuts. Specifically shortcuts from Word in its iPad version , the most widely used word processor in the world. As you can imagine, to use these shortcuts you need to connect a physical keyboard to the tablet. It can be the official Apple keyboard, the one you use on your Mac, or any other keyboard compatible with the device.
With these 16 shortcuts you can be much faster in creating and formatting your texts. You can undo the last changes with the keyboard, put different styles to the words, copy or paste, etc, etc…
Here’s a collection of useful keyboard shortcuts for the iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro:
- Command + Z: Undo
- Command + Y: Redo
- Command + S: Save
- Command + F: Search in document
- Command + A: Select all document content
- Command + B: Turn bold text on or off
- Command + I: Activate or deactivate text in italics
- Command + U: Enable or disable underlined text
- Command + X: Cut selection
- Command + C: Copy selection
- Command + V: Paste selection
- Command + Alt + N: normal text style (paragraph)
- Command + Alt + 1: text style title 1
- Command + Alt + 2: text style title 2
- Command + Alt + 3: text style title 3
- Up, down, right and left arrows: move the cursor around the document.
Ideally, you should memorize these keyboard shortcuts. Over time they will come out as a reflex, completely automatically, but if at any point you don’t remember them you just have to hold down the Command key for a few seconds with Word open. When you do so, a window will appear in which you can see the most important shortcuts of the app.
In addition, it is important to mention that many of these keyboard shortcuts are also available in other applications. Cut, paste, copy, bold, italic, underline, search or undo are exactly the same in most applications; even on Mac or Windows computers (although in this case changing the keyboard from Command to Control).