All You Need to Know About the New Physical Keyboard Shortcuts for iPad on iOS 9

Alvaro Bernedo

As the iPad becomes more and more capable as a productivity device (as evidenced even more by the new iPad-exclusive features added in iOS 9), more iPad users rely on it to do most of their work. This might not yet be your case if your daily tasks require a lot of computing power.

iPad iOS 9 Physical Keyboard Shortcuts

If, however, your iPad workflow involves mainly writing and navigating across apps, then iOS 9 offers a new set of keyboard shortcuts for your physical keyboard that will make your life a lot easier.

While third party apps will take a little while to implement the new keyboard shortcuts of iOS 9, the most important and productivity-heavy Apple native apps already support this feature.

Read along to find out everything you need to know about them.

Shortcuts in Mail

IPad iOS 9 Shortcuts Mail

  • Reply: Command + R.
  • Reply All: Command + Shift + R.
  • Forward: Command + Shift + F.
  • Mark a message/messages as Junk: Press the Command + Shift + J combination.
  • Flag: The Command + Shift + L key combination will let you flag your messages.
  • Mark a message/messages as Unread: Command + Shift + U.
  • Go to the Previous Message: Use Command + Up Arrow.
  • Go to Next Message: Use Command + Down Arrow.
  • Delete Message: Press the Delete key.
  • Get All New Mail: Press Command + Shift + N.
  • Mailbox Search: Use Command + Option + F to search your mail.
  • Compose a New Message: Command + N.

Cool Tip: You can show a popover with most of the shortcuts supported for an app on your iPad by holding down the Command key.

Shortcuts in Notes

IPad iOS 9 Shortcuts Notes

  • Bold, Italics and Underline: All of these conform to their classic shortcuts Command + B, Command + I and Command + U respectively.
  • Turn Selected Text Into a Title or Heading: Use Command + Option + T or Command + Option + H respectively to turn text into either a title or a heading.
  • New Note: Command + N.
  • Create Checklists and Mark Them as Checked: Using the Command + Option + L shortcut lets you create a checklist out of existing text, and if you select an item/s in your check list and use Command + Shift + U, you will mark it/them as checked. Also, if you select a list and use Command + Option + B, the text will become normal body text.

Shortcuts in Safari

IPad iOS 9 Shortcuts Safari

  • Reload Page: Use Command + R to reload the current website.
  • Find Within a Page: Command + F.
  • Open Location: Press Command + L.
  • New Tab: Command + T.
  • Close Tab: Command + W.
  • Move Along Tabs to the Right: Control + Tab.
  • Move Along Tabs to the Left: Control + Shift + Tab.
  • Show the Reader View: Use Command + Shift + R to display the Reader view.

Shortcuts in Contacts

IPad iOS 9 Shortcuts Contacts

Contacts features only a couple of shortcuts, but they useful nonetheless.

You create a new contact by pressing Command + N and search through your existing ones via Command + F.

App Switcher

It is hard to believe that it took Apple so many years to implement this feature but it is finally here for all iPad users.

IPad iOS 9 Shortcuts App Switcher

Next time you are using a physical keyboard with your iPad, simply press the Command + Tab keyboard shortcut and the famous Apple App switcher from the Mac will pop up on your iPad’s screen!

Add to all of these the ability to freely move the cursor of your iPad (read this article to learn how) and you’ve got a new iOS that dramatically increases the value of the iPad as a productivity device. So go ahead and try all these out, and get ready for even more to come from third party developers soon.

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Alvaro Bernedo

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Alvaro Bernedo

Contributor at Guiding Tech