While the iPadOS 15 didn’t deliver the huge revision that many expected, the update includes significant features like better multitasking, an app library, home screen widgets, and more. Another improvement is in terms of keyboard shortcuts. iPadOS 15 introduces several global keyboard shortcuts for compatible iPad models.
Apple wants to introduce the iPad as a replacement for the computer for many. While the bulky multitasking and trackpad experience might suggest otherwise, the added keyboard shortcuts with the Globe key are a step in the right direction.
The iPad already had keyboard shortcuts like Cmd + Tab for switching between apps, text editing shortcuts, and more. With the Globe key, Apple takes overall iPad productivity to the next level with system and multitasking shortcuts. Here they are.
The iPad feels unusual for use with just the touch interface. With the use of relevant accessories such as the Apple Pencil, the iPad case that doubles as a stand and a third-party keyboard (or Apple Magic Keyboard), you can turn it into a suitable workstation (something Apple has been looking for lately).
Most iPad keyboards come with a Globe key in the corner. With iPadOS 15, the system can take advantage of the Globe keys and execute a bunch of global shortcuts on the go. No need to reach for the iPad screen to perform the action.
iPadOS 15 Global keyboard shortcuts
For your convenience, we’ve divided keyboard shortcuts into three categories – system shortcuts, multi-task shortcuts, and split view shortcuts. Let’s start the list with system shortcuts.
Keyboard system shortcuts for iPadOS 15
As the name suggests, system shortcuts are designed to offer better navigation in the system. Users will be able to return to the home screen, activate Siri, access the Control Center, Application Library, etc., without lifting a finger from the keyboard.
- Globe + H: Return to the home screen
- Globe + A: Showcase Dock
- Globe + Shift + A: Open the application library
- Globe + Q: Create a quick note
- Globe + S: Run Siri
- Globe + C: Open the control center
- Globe + N: Reveal Notification Center
- Globe + M: Open the list of all keyboard shortcuts
Shortcuts for multiple tasks
iPad gets new multitasking capabilities with iPadOS. You can easily use them using the keyboard shortcuts below.
- Globe + up arrow: Open the application switch
- Globe + down arrow: Show all windows
- Globe + left arrow: Go to the next app
- Globe + right arrow: Go to the previous application
Share your view and swipe over the shortcut
Use the mentioned keyboard shortcuts to control the Split View and Slide Over applications.
- Control + globe + left arrow: Window tiles left
- Control + globe + right arrow: Tile on the right window
- Globe + : Show Slide Over
- Command + Globe + : Drag the next one over the window
- Options + globe + left arrow: Move left Drag over
- Options + globe + right arrow: Scroll right Drag
We know they are hard to remember. You can press the Globe + M keys at any time and open the keyboard shortcut menu. Apple listed all keyboard shortcuts in several categories.
Alternatively, you can display all keyboard shortcuts as a menu by pressing the Globe key and then tapping an action to execute a shortcut or start typing to search for shortcuts.
Add a globe key to a third-party keyboard
As you can see from the list of shortcuts on the iPadOS 15 keyboard, the Globe key plays a vital role in helping you navigate the OS or get things done.
Most iPad keyboards have a corresponding Globe key. But that’s not something you’ll find on other third-party keyboards that aren’t designed with iPadOS in mind.
As you may already know, users can easily use a normal Windows / Mac keyboard with an iPad via Bluetooth. And on these keyboards you will see that there is no Globe key to use the new shortcuts. But don’t worry, you’re not completely without luck.
Similar to macOS, users can re-map the Globe key and iPadOS. Follow the steps below to add a Globe key to a third-party keyboard on your iPad.
1. Open up Settings app on iPad.
2. Scroll down to Accessibility to me.
3. Select VoiceOver> Typing and tap Modifier keys.
4. Select the key that is least used from the menu. For example, select Caps Lock Key.
5. Select Globe to turn your Caps Lock key into a Globe key.
You can now simply use the modify key as a globe key and use all the shortcuts listed on the keyboard at the top.
With the iPad Air and M1 iPad Pro, Apple continues to present the iPad as the perfect computing experience based on touch on the go. While users have yet to replace their existing Windows or Mac settings with iPads, keyboard shortcuts introduced in iPadOS 15 bring Apple’s vision one step closer to reality.
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