Apr 5, 2016

How to use trackpad mode on iPhone and iPad

The keyboard on iPhone and iPad has plenty of cool features, one of the best is "trackpad mode". With it, you can quickly and easily switch from text entry to cursor movement, so you can put the insertion or selection point exactly where you want it.




Using "trackpad mode" is a little different on the iPhone — it only works on one of the iPhones 6s — than it is on the iPad, so we will break down each one separately.

 

How to move the cursor in trackpad mode on iPad

Instead of tapping to move the cursor, you can swipe on the iPad keyboard to move the cursor, just like you would on a laptop trackpad.
  1. Launch the app you want to use and bring up the keyboard.
  2. Touch two fingers down on the keyboard to switch to the trackpad.
  3. Swipe your finger around to move the cursor.



How to select text in trackpad mode on your iPad

You can also use the virtual trackpad to select text. To select specific lengths of text:
  1. Launch the app you want to use and bring up the keyboard.
  2. Tap two fingers once to select the word.
  3. Tap two fingers twice to select the sentence.
  4. Tap two fingers three times to select the paragraph.

How to select custom lengths of text in trackpad mode on your iPad

While selecting words, sentences ,and paragraphs can be useful, sometimes it's nice to select a certain length of text.
  1. Touch two fingers down on the keyboard to switch to the trackpad.
  2. Wait a moment for the cursor to switch to the text selector.
  3. Drag your fingers around to move the text selection point.
 

 

How to move the cursor in trackpad mode on iPhone 6s with 3D Touch

When Apple unveiled the new trackpad mode on the iPad, many of us immediately wanted it elsewhere in the iOS ecosystem. Well, with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus we're starting to get our wish. There is one difference, though. On the new iPhones you don't need to use two fingers to switch from keyboard to trackpad, you only need to use one. And that's thanks to 3D Touch.
  1. Launch the app you want to use and bring up the keyboard.
  2. Press firmly on the keyboard.
  3. Drag your finger around to move the cursor.
 

 

How to select text in trackpad mode on your iPad

  1. Launch the app you want to use and bring up the keyboard.
  2. Press firmly on the keyboard.
  3. Press deeper to select text. (It's almost like relaxing slightly and pressing again—the equivalent of "clicking" on a laptop trackpad.)
  4. Let go to finish.



 

What's great is that you can continue to "click" with 3D Touch to toggle between cursor movement and text selection. So, if you select the wrong text or simply change your mind, you just press again to go right back to moving around.

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