Get tips and tricks for using the iPad keyboard in this free lesson.
The iPad has a built-in virtual keyboard that you can use to input text on your device. Although you can purchase a physical keyboard to attach to your iPad, the virtual keyboard has everything you need, including convenient shortcuts to make typing easier.
The iPad's virtual keyboard will appear whenever you tap a text field. For example, the keyboard will appear when composing an email, writing a note, or entering a website address.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using the iPad's virtual keyboard.
The cursor indicates where text will appear.
Your iPad generates predictive text depending on where you're typing and what you've typed in the past. Click a word to type it.
The main part of the keyboard includes the letter keys and the spacebar. Tap these keys to add the desired text.
Tap the Shift key and tap a letter to insert a capital letter or alternate character. Double tap the Shift key twice to turn on Caps Lock.
Tap here to switch the keyboard from letters to numbers and special characters. Tap the button again to switch back. It will also switch back when you add a space after a character.
Tap here to switch the keyboard from letters to emojis.
This feature allows you to enter text without having to use the keyboard. Tap the microphone icon on your keyboard, then start talking.
Tap the spacebar to add a space. You can also double-tap the spacebar at the end of a sentence to automatically add a period.
Tap the Backspace key to erase the character to the left of the cursor. Press and hold the Backspace key to delete entire words.
Click here to hide the keyboard. You can click any text field to make the keyboard reappear.