A List of iPad Keyboard Shortcuts for Apple Apps

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Using keyboard shortcuts is a quick way to perform actions. macOS has its own set of shortcuts, and I’ve put together a list of iPad keyboard shortcuts. These work in Apple apps, although third-party apps may have their own set of shortcuts.

[Yes, iPad Pro CAN Replace A Computer]

iOS

  • Command + Tab: App switcher
  • Command + Space: System-wide search
  • Command + Shift + H: Navigate to home screen
  • Shift + Tab: Return to the previous field

While Editing Text:

  • Command + A: Select all text
  • Command + X: Cut
  • Command + V: Paste
  • Command + Z: Undo
  • Command + Shift + Z: Redo
  • Option + Left: Move cursor one word to the left
  • Option + Right: Move cursor one word to the right
  • Option + Shift + Left arrow: Select previous word
  • Option + Shift + Right arrow: Select next word

Safari

  • Command + T: Open new tab
  • Command + W: Close open tab
  • Control + Tab: Show next tab
  • Control + Shift + Tab: Show previous tab
  • Command + R: Reload current Web page
  • Command + F: Opens find
  • Command + L: Access address field
  • Command + Shift + R: Open Reader mode 

Mail

  • Command + N: New email
  • Command + R: Reply
  • Command + Shift + R: Reply all
  • Command + Shift + F: Forward
  • Command + Shift + N: Get all new mail
  • Command + Shift + J: Mark email as junk
  • Command + Shift + L: Flag email
  • Command + Shift + U: Mark email as unread
  • Command + Option + F: Search mailbox
  • Command + Up arrow: View previous email
  • Command + Down arrow: View next email

While Composing an Email:

  • Command + Shift + D: Send email
  • Command + Option + B: Add Bcc recipients
  • Command + M: Minimize draft

Notes

  • Command + F: Find Note
  • Command + B: Bold
  • Command + I: Italics
  • Command + U: Underline
  • Command + Option + T: Set in title (H1) format
  • Command + Option + H: Set in heading (H2) format
  • Command + Option + L: Add checklist box
  • Command + N: New note

iMovie

  • Ctrl + Left arrow: Go to beginning
  • Ctrl + Right arrow: Go to end
  • Shift + Left arrow: Go back 10 frames
  • Shift + Left arrow: Go forward 10 frames
  • Command + B: Split selected clip
  • Command + Shift + Plus: Zoom in
  • Command + Minus: Zoom out
  • Option + [: Trim clip start
  • Option + ]: Trim clip end
  • Command + Option + B: Detach audio
  • Command + Shift + M: Mute audio in selected clip
  • Ctrl + S: show audio waveforms

Calendar

  • Command + 1: Go to day view
  • Command + 2: Go to week view
  • Command + 3: Go to month view
  • Command + 4: Go to year view
  • Command + T: Show today
  • Command + R: Refresh calendars
  • Command + F: Search
  • Command +N: New event

Contacts

  • Command + N: New contact entry
  • Command + F: Search

Apple Maps

  • Command + 1: Standard view
  • Command + 2: Transit view
  • Command + 3: Satellite view
  • Command + F: Find

Pages

While editing a document:

  • Command + B: Bold
  • Command + I: Italics
  • Command + U: Underline
  • Command + Option + C: Copy style
  • Command + Shift + K: Add comment
  • Command + Shift + W: Show word count
  • Command + F: Find in document
  • Command + R: Show/Hide ruler
  • Command + N: New document

When an object or section of text is selected:

  • Command + D: Duplicate
  • Command + L: Lock position
  • Command + Option + Shift + F: Send to front layer
  • Command + Option + Shift + B: Send to back layer

Keynote

  • Command + Option + P: Play slideshow
  • Command + Option + A: Show transitions and builds
  • Command + Option + N: Show presenter notes
  • Command + N: New presentation
  • Command + F: Find
  • Command + Shift + K: Add comment

When an object or section of text is selected:

  • Command + D: Duplicate
  • Command + L: Lock position
  • Command + Option + Shift + F: Send to front layer
  • Command + Option + Shift + B: Send to back layer 

While editing text:

  • Command + B: Bold
  • Command + I: Italics
  • Command + U: Underline
  • Command + Option + C: Copy style

Reminders

  • Command + Control + I: Show reminder details
  • Command + N: New reminder

[Apple Pencil 2 is the iPad Pro’s Mouse]

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Thanks Andrew