How to control your iPad's onscreen keyboard

You can reposition your iPad's keyboard and split it in half. Here's how.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Ever find your iPad's virtual keyboard stuck in the middle of the screen instead of at the bottom? If so, there's an easy way to coax it back to the bottom.

The iPad offers two positions for the onscreen keyboard -- docked and undocked. Docked mode places it at the bottom of the screen, while undocked mode shifts it up to the middle. Should you find the keyboard floating in undocked mode and you would prefer it docked, hold down the keyboard button, the same one you normally tap to turn off the keyboard.

A popup menu will appear with two choices -- Dock and Split. Move your finger to the Dock option, and your keyboard should sink back to the bottom.

And what about the Split option? Split separates the keyboard into two halves, a handy option for anyone who wants to type with both sets of fingers. The keys themselves become smaller, however, so this may be more feasible for those of you with tiny fingertips. You can also split the keyboard by placing your fingers in the middle of the keyboard and moving them apart; you can merge it by pinching the two halves back together.

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About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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