No backspace?

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    Why doesn't the ipad keyboard have a backspace??

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    It does, at the upper right above the return key.

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    Hello Meenie.
    You really mean no Delete key I think?
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    As LannyC above said, that little white x on a black background top RHS of the keyboard is the backspace key. If you mean no forward space key, the iPad does not have it. Why? Err. Because?


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    Macs haven't had the forward delete for as long as I can remember. I was surprised the first time I saw it on a Windows machine.
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    No I mean a back space key. The X does move you back but iy erases as you go.i want to move without erasing

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    To move the cursor back, without erasing anything, tap and hold on a section of text until a magnifying glass appears, then slide the magnifying glass until the cursor visible in it is exactly where you want, then remove your finger from the screen.

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    Scifan57 gives you the ONLY option. And I agree, it sucks. The docked keyboard does have a backspace key. I have never been able to figure out why the screen keyboard doesn't have this capability.

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    Maybe in version 5, eh (sighs)

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    Don't count on it from Apple. More keys would mean less room left to see what you're typing, or unacceptably-small keys. Some text apps do have keyboards with extra keys, including cursor arrows, and the tradeoff is obvious.

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    Hi skifan.
    Thanks for reminding me about that option! It puts the cursor where you can use the back space to delete a letter.
    However it is still a poor substitute for the delete button.

    Regarding Apple fitting another key into the keyboard, there is plenty of room on the space bar.
    In landscape it is 6 regular keys long on mine, going to 5 is not a problem.
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    Except you'd also get a forward arrow, leaving the space bar only three keys wide, a pretty small target for your thumbs.

    If the standard onscreen keyboard is too challenging, I recommend getting some sort of Bluetooth keyboard, whether Apple's or a third party. Then, you gain the benefit of all the standard Apple shortcut keys as well.

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    Suggestion:why not make the "X" key so that if you hit the upper case arrow, you could backspace without erasing? Then no need to add a key.

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    I'd prefer for shift-delete to perform a forward delete. I see no need for two .?123 keys, though. The left one could go away to make room for left and right arrows, and shift-arrow could advance by word. (What you're calling a backspace key, the rest of us call a left arrow.)

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    I assume you mean no need for the 123 kry to take up 2keys. If so that would work for me. And yes I mean the key on a regular keyboard with a backward on it. When speaking of it one usually says "backspace" key rather than "the key with the little backwards facing arrow on it"... Just speaking as a secretary for 26 years :)

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    Have you tried writing using the iAWriter app? It has a wonderful keyboard and is a joy to use, I even enjoy writing using it on my iPhone but on IPad it's a real pleasure! Then just copy or cut and paste into whatever you need. Why Apple can't come up with a keyboard like that I don't know
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    Thanks Paris, I' ll give that a try !!! :)

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    I second the recommendation for iAWriter. It is a far cry from the ultimate solution, but it does allow you to type what you want with a backspace and forwards space key that many of us need. The downside is, of course, having to open a separate app and do your typing there and then cut and paste (like this post), but it often is worth it.

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    Of course, you still have to watch out for autocorrect (like "forwards" when I meant forward).

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    Lol I've seen much worse!

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