tip : quickly typ numbers and non-alphanumeric signs on iPad


there is a quick way to typ numbers (and other SHIFT-accessable digits) on iPad in iOS12 and iPadOS :

when the on-screen keyboard is visible, just swipe-down (pull-down) on the on-screen key to get it’s SHIFT-version

e.g. : if you swipe down the 3-key, you will typ the #-sign, and if you swipe-down the 7-key, you will typ the &-sign

enjoy 😉


fixed : where did the onscreen virtual keyboard go ?

Question :

For years, I used to start  the onscreen keyboard whenever I wanted to type a character on my Mac that I didn’t know the key-combo for by heart…

Now I’m on OSX 10.11 El_Capitan and I don’t see the icon in the menu bar top right… and I can’t find the option to switch it on either…

What should I do ?


Answer :

What you call ‘onscreen keyboard’ is officially called the ‘virtual keyboard’ ; it’s a very handy option in OSX as you mentioned.

For some reason, after upgrading to OSX 10.11 El_Capitan, your preset for quick access to the virtual keyboard is lost… and switching it back on is hidden in some cryptic text in the Preferences :

  • in the Finder, go to Apple [top left] –> System Preferences –> Keyboard
  • in the window that opens, under the Keyboard-tab, put a check-mark at “Show Keyboard, Emoji & Symbol Viewers in menu bar”
  • then close the System Preferences window
  • now, in the Finder, top right, click on the flag-icon and select “Show Keyboard Viewer”
  • then, the virtual keyboard will appear onscreen and you can use it as you’re used to…

that’s it !

enjoy 😉

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