iPad: Keyboard Positioning Options

Splitting and Moving the Keyboard

Split Keyboard

There are two ways to customize the appearance of the keyboard.

With the keyboard active, touch and hold the keyboard icon at the bottom right.

  1. Undock—places the keyboard in the middle of the screen for easier typing with the iPad flat on your lap or on a surface.
  2. Split—miniaturizes and splits the keyboard; great for holding and typing with your thumbs. (You can also split by spreading two fingers from the center of the keyboard.)

To return to the standard keyboard, hold the keyboard icon again and choose Dock and Merge. (Or pinch the two sides of the keyboard together.)

Image courtesy of the iPad User Guide for iOS 9.3. (Free at the iBooks Store)