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
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 ?
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 !