Cursoring around on iPad

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    One thing that really bugs me about iPad is that, apparently, you can't cursor around when typing things like this post. I'm hoping I'm wrong and just missing something and that some kind soul here will put me on the road to enlightenment. Please do it soon. :)
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    That's one of the main things you quickly get used to with the iOS, lack of cursors.


    I'd love a future iOS update that allows you to plug in a mouse via the docking connector and use a mouse with cursor conventionally.
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    I'd like to see some simple cursor keys added to the keyboard. They can afford to make the keys a bit smaller. That gives me a thought....can one replace the default keyboard with one that has cursor keys?
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    Of course, when you want to position the cursor in a piece of text using the on-screen keyboard (i.e. not a Bluetooth keyboard) the easiest way is to press and hold the screen at about the position where you want to position the cursor. After a second, a pop-up magnifying glass will appear that makes it much easier to precisely position the cursor - plus it also gives some options such as 'Select', 'Select All', 'Paste' etc.

    If you 'Select' the word in which the cursor is positioned is selected and two vertical bars appear, one at either end of the word. With care (it takes a bit of practice) you can drag these vertical bars to select more text - either horizontally or vertically. Then you can copy or cut the selected text.

    Tim
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    Thanks for the tip, Tim. I'll try to use it as best I can. However, by making the fat keys a bit smaller, Apple (or some third party) could easily give us cursor keys. Even if it meant having to call them up via some other key, such as the way we do numbers and special characters. Even in light typing, editing is still an important function. Surely Apple must realize that.
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    Good news and bad news, I'm afraid...

    The good news is that there are several third party keyboard apps that have cursor keys etc....

    The bad news is that none of them can replace the Apple standard keyboard that 'automatically' pops up...so you need to open the third party keyboard app, type the text you want into a message area, copy the typed text, switch back to the app you originally wanted to type in, and then paste the copied text there.

    Third-party keyboard apps simply are not able to replace the standard Apple keyboard, because that keyboard is inexorably linked into the iPad operating system iOS and it's not technically possible for a third party app developer to replace that standard Apple keyboard.

    Tim
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    Following up on the good news and bad news.

    The good news is, that it is possible to replace the standard keyboard by third-party keyboards, which include arrow keys for easier navigation.

    The bad news is, that it requires a jailbreak, which is not yet available for iPad 2.
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    I always forget about jail breaking - I need to be rehabilitated :(

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    Tim and DontUnderstand,

    Thanks for the additional tips. I just tried Notes as a means to typing text and, as a result, would be willing to use a third app that has either dedicated cursor keys or allows the use of a two-finger swipe (left/right/up/down) gesture to move the cursor (or similar). Notes won't do that. I did try searching the app store for "keyboard" but that didn't lead me to anything useful. Can either of you suggest an app or a good search phrase?

    I'm not sure I want to start jail breaking at this point. I hack enough on my PCs/Laptops and would rather not have to hack on pads and phones.
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    I'd rather have some cursor keys on the keyboard but it seems Apple don't think we should be allowed them.
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    No you don't I'm keeping mine as is! I have perfected the copy and paste technique I copy receipts, order confirmations etc. Into pages. Who needs a PC? :) well, it's only when the PC is off, and just how much energy I'm saving!

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    "I copy receipts, order confirmations etc. Into pages."

    How do you do that?

    Thx
    Paul
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    If you are doing a lot of typing you can pair a bluetooth keyboard with the iPad. The cursor keys work. For lighter typing I find the usual iPad method works just fine, and as you get used to it becomes easy to use.

    Ironically the only time I find the cursor keys really useful is when I am using an bluetooth keyboard. That's because I don't want to lift my fingers from the keyboard and touch the screen. When I'm already tapping on the iPad's screen, it's easy to just tap somewhere else.
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    Hi there,

    surtenly I miss the arrow keys too and hope it will come in next generation.

    I've got a little tips I use:

    Get the App iA Writer, with this I write all and the copy / paste.
    The app has the arrow keys, further keys to delete or repeat what I just wrote and keys jumping one word back or forwards.

    Try it if You like my tips.
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    I just enlarge the text which makes easier to place the blue line just where I want it
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    In my writers toolkit, iAWriter does have a word ahead and word back tab to cursor around words with touch only.

    If you research and write, here are some App selections to consider.

    1.) iAWriter (works with Dropbox too!) I also use it on Mac Book Air with Dropbox for convenience.
    2.) Cymbol for typing special symbols, degree, superscripts and subscripts.
    3.) iAnnotate for PDF viewing, editing and management plus it has a fast search, handles large PDF documents very well
    4.) Apples own trio, Pages, Numbers and Keynote
    5.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a great free App with an iPad native edition more recently available

    It would be interesting to hear your experiences with the above and other suggestions of course.
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    There is also FastKeyboard, which is free.

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