How To Move the Keyboard on an iPad

The iPad on-screen virtual keyboard makes itself available anytime you need to start entering text. By default, it’s positioned at the bottom of the screen however, since it’s a floating keyboard, you have the option to customize its position.

If you want to know how to move your keyboard to different, more convenient places on your screen, we’ll tell you how in this article. In addition to steps on moving your keyboard around, you can find out how to resize it, and split then merge it. Also, we’ll tell you what to try if your keyboard isn’t showing up when needed or doesn’t respond to your touch properly.

To change the position of the keyboard on your screen, once the keyboard is displayed, long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” button (lower right with a keyboard icon), select “Undock” then drag the keyboard to the space you prefer. More detailed instructions are below.

How to Move the iPad Keyboard

To undock your iPad keyboard:

  1. To display the keyboard, launch an app that requires text like “Messages,” then tap on the input field.
  2. Towards the bottom right of the keyboard, long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” button.
  3. Once the menu is displayed, slide your finger to “Undock.”
    • Your keyboard will move to the middle of the screen.
  4. To move it to another spot, again, tap the “Minimize Keyboard” button then drag the keyboard to wherever you wish.

How to Dock the iPad Keyboard

To dock your iPad keyboard:

  1. To display the keyboard, launch an app that requires it like “Messages,” then tap on the input field.
  2. At the bottom right of the keyboard, long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” button.
  3. Glide your finger upwards on the screen, then click on “Dock” and release your finger.

How To Split the iPad Keyboard in 2

To display the keyboard, launch an app that utilizes text such as “Messages,” then tap on the input field.
2. At the bottom right of the keyboard, long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” button.
3. Once the menu displays, slide your finger to the “Split” option.
To move the split keyboard to somewhere else:
1. Tap the “Minimize Keyboard” button again.
2. Drag the keyboard to wherever you wish.
To move the keyboard back to the bottom of your screen:
1. Launch an app that requires the keyboard.
2. Towards the bottom right of the keyboard, long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” option.
3. Slide your finger up to “Dock” to position it at the bottom of your screen.
To undo split keyboard:
1. Towards the bottom right of the keyboard, long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” button.
2. Glide your finger up to “Merge.”

Additional FAQs

How Do I Turn Off My iPad Keyboard?

To hide your keyboard:

1. On the bottom right, find the Keyboard key (with a keyboard icon).

2. Tap it once to hide the keyboard.

3. To bring it up again, tap on an input field in a program that requires it or, in some apps, tap the bottom right.

How Do I Make My iPad Keyboard Smaller?

1. To display the keyboard, launch an app that requires it like “Messages,” then tap on the input field.

2. Pinch the keyboard inwards to make it smaller.

3. To move the keyboard around, long-press the grey line on the keyboard.

How Do I Make My iPad Keyboard Full Size?

1. Place two fingers placed on the keyboard.

2. Spread your fingers apart to bring it back to full size.

Customizing Your iPad Keyboard

The iPad’s floating virtual keyboard pops up whenever you’re ready to enter text. You have the option to change its position, size, and layout to make it more convenient and comfortable to type.

Now that we’ve shown you the various ways you can customize your keyboard, have you played around with the resize and split/merge options? What setup have you found works best for you and why? Let us know in the comments section below.

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