Dear Lifehacker, I am getting to like my iPad and my smart phone better than my computer for reading email, surfing the web and many other tasks. But for any sort of editing — even writing email — I find the biggest obstacle to ease of use to be the difficulty in positioning the cursor. If I want to go back to insert something, it is hard to dab in the right spot. Any ideas? Thanks, Cursing The Cursor
I feel your pain. The lack of arrow keys on the iOS keyboard makes it a pain to even go back a few characters.
If you do a lot of editing and typing on your iPad you could consider a keyboard case. I purchased the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for both my iPad and iPad mini. Although they do add a little bulk to the iPad, it’s not a huge amount and it’s unlikely to make much difference in your bag. That gives you a proper keyboard with arrows that make editing much easier. In addition you get improved access to keyboard shortcuts.
Finally, there is a little bit of technique in getting the cursor to land in the right spot. Rather than just trying to tap in the right spot, a tap-hold will display a loupe that magnifies the section of the word you’re editing and the cursor.
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