Every iPad Pro Keyboard Shortcut You'll Ever Need

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Now that the iPad has gone big with the Pro tablet and its Smart Keyboard ($169), the company is embracing keyboard shortcuts. While you could have guessed that Command + A selects all text, did you know there's a keyboard shortcut to jump to the home screen? How about a key combination that brings up an app switcher that looks a lot like the one found on Windows and OS X?

sam 1618These keyboard shortcuts don't require the Smart Keyboard or the iPad Pro. These tricks will work if you pair a Bluetooth keyboard with any iPad running iOS 9 or later. Below you'll find a comprehensive list of the shortcuts currently available. If you want to see if other shortcuts are available for the app you're using, hold down the Command button for a temporary overlay.

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iOS

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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

img 0262Command + 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

mailCommand + 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

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Notes

notesCommand + 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

moviesCtrl + 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

calendarCommand + 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

contactsCommand + N: New contact entry

Command + F: Search

Apple Maps

img 0278Command + 1: Standard view

Command + 2: Transit view

Command + 3: Satellite view

Command + F: Find

Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint:

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Command + B:
Bold

Command + I: Italics

Command + U: Underline

Word:

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Command + S:
Save

Command + F: Find in document

Microsoft Powerpoint

img 0168Command + Shift + N: New slide

Pages

img 0151While 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

Sheets

img 0152Command + Shift + K: Add comment

Command + F: Find in spreadsheet

Command + Shift + [: Go to previous sheet

Command + Shift + ]: Go to next sheet

Command + Shift + N: Insert Sheet

Command + N: New spreadsheet 

When an object or section of text is selected:

Command + Option + C: Copy style

Command + D: Duplicate

Command + L: Lock position

Keynote

img 0159Command + 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

remindersCommand + Control + I: Show reminder details

Command + N: New reminder

Author Bio
Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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5 comments
  • Michael Says:

    Oh, please Apple. Why not a keyboard shortcut to CLOSE an active app? Or is these one you chose not to list?

  • Ruth M Says:

    Searching through all of these shortcuts, I can't find something that will paste from a clipboard (which I also can't find on my iPad Pro). I have been told there is no real clipboard, just touch and hold ont he screen, but this is not working in Picsart. Any advice?

  • HappySpaceInvader Says:

    What is "Sheets"?? Don't you mean "Numbers"?

  • Apple Pro Says:

    What a basic list. There are SOO many more shortcuts than what you listed here. Why even write this stuff if you're just going to regurgitate what's already there instead of doing your homework?

  • Guillaume Delacroix Says:

    this title gave me cancer. the list lacks basic shortkeys like back and forward in safari.

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