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Starting with the release of the iPadOS 13.4 operating system (iPad OS 13.4), Apple has increased its support for keyboards in iPad tablets by allowing users to remap certain keys so that they perform different functions.

How to change the way the keys respond on an external iPad keyboard


This capability is especially useful if you use an external iPad keyboard, because the layout of the external keyboards may be different from the smart keyboards developed by Apple, but even if you own an external keyboard or use Apple's Magic Keyboard with the iPad Pro. , These settings can still be useful.


For example, the Magic Keyboard - provided by Apple for the iPad Air (fourth generation) and iPad Pro 11 (second generation) - does not have the Escape key, but you can reset this function to any other key you choose on the panel.


Apple's standalone Magic Keyboard also doesn't have a Globe key to access alternate keyboard layouts and emojis, but you can reassign this function to another key as well.


How to change the way the keys respond on an external iPad keyboard:

Note: Before proceeding with resetting the keys, make sure that the keyboard is connected to the iPad, then follow these steps:

  • Open the (Settings) app on the iPad.
  • Click on the General option.
  • Click on the Keyboard option.



  • On the next screen that appears, press the Hardware Keyboard option.


  • Click on the Modifier Keys option.


  • Select the key you want to modify from the following options: Caps Lock, Control, Option, and Command.


  • Select the action you want to take when pressing the key you chose earlier, which includes: Caps Lock, Control, Option, Command, Escape, Globe, and No Action.



Note: If you need to use the default keyboard on the iPad screen to do things like: use dictation, press the arrow at the bottom of the keyboard, then press and hold the icon in the lower right corner of the screen, and to hide the keyboard Again, press the switch located in the lower right corner of the screen.

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