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Control iPad with wireless keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPad Hacking' started by Sonicrobby, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Sonicrobby
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    I bought the wireless keyboard with high expectations for my ipad use. (note is is the a model). But it seems like the only benefit im getting from it is for typing long papers, and the volume/music and brightness control buttons.

    Well first off, is there a list of what functions are available from a keyboard on an ipad? (like i realized command+left moves the cursor to the beginning of the line, and cmd+right moves it to the end.)

    Im wondering if there is something on cydia, or somekind of way that i can control more of my ipad with a keyboard, such as assign a button to act like the home button (so like if i press f5, it would be like i physically pressed the home button on my ipad) or a way where i can use the arrow keys to scroll webpages. As it stands now the keyboard only is useful when you physically tap on the screen in a text area, otherwise only the function buttons are of use.
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    There is an Apple wireless keyboard that also acts as a dock and supports the home key and Spotlight functions. I don't believe that there is any way to do this from the regular wireless keyboard.

    Here are some things that the Apple Wireless Keyboard can do that I found somewhere (two sources):

    iOS Keyboard Shortcuts:

    Here we provide the iPad Tips: iPad Keyboard Shortcuts with Bluetooth Keyboard
    Command + Z: Undo
    Command + Shift + Z: Redo
    Command + C : Copy Selected Text
    Command + V : Paste
    Command + X: Cut Selected Text
    F1: Dim screen
    F2: Brighten screen
    F7: Back one song
    F8: Play/pause song
    F9: Skip song
    F10: Mute
    F11: Decrease volume
    F12: Increase volume
    Eject button: Show or hide onscreen keyboard
    Command + Delete: Delete everything to the left of the cursor on the current line
    Option + Delete: Delete the word to the left of the cursor
    Command + Up Arrow: Go to top of document
    Command + Down Arrow: Go to bottom of document
    Command + Left Arrow: Go to beginning of current line
    Command + Right Arrow: Go to end of current line
    Option + Right Arrow: Go to the beginning of the next word.
    Option + Left Arrow: Go to the beginning of the previous word.

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    Apple Wireless Keyboard

    eject - toggle showing / hiding virtual keyboard (this key is at top
    right)
    tab - move to next text field (e.g. in mail)
    shift tab - move to previous text field
    command z - undo
    shift command z - redo
    command x - cut
    command c - copy
    command v - paste
    command a - select all
    control - stops and restarts VoiceOver speaking (e.g., in the middle
    of a two finger flick up or down to read all)
    command space - change to next language keyboard (when you have more
    than one selected)
    shift command space - change to previous language keyboard

    General movement and selection commands with command, option, and
    arrow key combinations. (For these sequences, holding down the shift
    key will select as well as move your cursor. On a PC keyboard, the
    control key can be substituted for some, but not all instances of the
    command key. On some keyboards, the Windows key may replace the
    function of the command key.)

    left / right arrows - move left or right by character
    shift left / right arrows - select left or right by character
    option left / right arrows - move left or right by word
    shift option left / right arrows - select left or right by word
    command left / right arrows - move to beginning or end of line
    shift command left / right arrows - select to beginning or end of line
    up / down arrows - move up or down by line
    shift up / down arrows - select up or down by line
    command up arrow - move to start of document (page up on PC keyboard)
    shift command up arrow - select to start of document
    command down arrow - move to end of document (page down on PC keyboard)
    shift command down arrow - select to end of document

    delete - delete backward by character
    option delete - delete backward by word
    (forward delete sequences with the Fn key do not work)

    some emacs-like control key sequences work:
    control a - move to beginning of line
    control e - move to end of line
    control b - move back a character
    control f - move forward a character
    control h - backwards delete a character
    control k - delete to end of line
    control m - insert line feed (blank line)

    Selections are slightly tricky, because they are based on your current
    insertion point, so if you select a few words forward by holding down
    the shift key and tapping the option key, then press command up arrow
    to move to the start of the document without releasing the shift key,
    you will end up reversing the selection of the words you started with,
    and selecting all of your document from your starting point to the
    beginning of the document. Similarly, when you arrow down from the
    middle of a line and hold down the shift key, you select all
    characters from where you started to where you move to in the middle
    of the next line. On a Mac you can check your selections while you
    work, but here you can't.
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    Nice list. Thanks, and bookmarked. :)
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    You are most welcome.
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    Brilliant list and I don't even have a keyboard. But I'll keep it just in case. Thank you
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    Glad you liked it leelai. :)

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