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How to Use the iOS Keyboard as a Touchpad

The iPad Pro may be the most productive Apple tablet yet, but it does not support mice or external touchpads. But this tablet basically is a huge touchpad, thanks to a new feature in iOS 9; if you know how to use it that way. 

To be fair, any iPad running iOS 9 or later can be used this way. Here's how to enable the on-screen touchpad, and how to select text with the cursor.

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1. Hold two fingers down on the on-screen keyboard. The characters on your keys will disappear as the keyboard turns into a touchpad.

Keep your fingers against the screen and move them to drag your cursor.

How to Select Text Using the iOS Keyboard's Touchpad

1. Double-tap your fingers on two keys at the same time to select the sentence that your cursor is nearest.

2. With text selected, press two fingers against the screen to enable touchpad mode.

You can drag your fingers around the Touchpad to change the amount of selected text. 

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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.