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How to change the double touch action on Apple Pencil for iPad Pro

How to change the double touch action on Apple Pencil for iPad Pro

The second generation Apple pencil is magnetically attached to the latest ones iPad Pro. But you may have missed a hidden button on the flat side of your Apple pencil. Here’s how you can customize the double-tap action on the Apple Pencil.

The action button on the Apple Pencil is so hidden that it is very possible that it is completely lost or accidentally discovered. Hold the Apple pencil so that your index finger rests naturally on the flat side.

Now, double-tap the flat side of the Apple pencil. The entire lower third of the Apple pencil serves as an action button, so you won’t have to adjust your grip to use the feature.

Double-tap the button on the Apple Pencil 2.

By default, double-tapping the action button will switch between the current instrument and the eraser. But it is possible to change the shortcut to switch to the last tool used or to display the color palette.

Some professional applications even have options that will allow you to override the default values ​​for the specific application (more on this later).

How to change the double touch action for Apple Pencil for iPad Pro

To change the double-tap action, open the «Settings» app on your iPad Pro. If you can’t find it on your device’s home screen, use function of Spotlight search Apple built-in .

Whenever Apple Pencil is associated and connected to the iPad Pro, you’ll see an «Apple Pencil» section in the Settings app sidebar. Play it.

You will now see a «Double tap» section. From here, switch to «Switch between current and last used tool» or «Show color palette».

Go to "Switch between current and last used tool" or "Show color palette".

If you find the double-tap action button too annoying, or if it prevents you from writing or drawing, you can turn it off by tapping the «Off» button.

For frequent Apple Pencil users, it’s worth moving to the last double-tap action used. When using an application to highlight or draw, generally switch between two tools.

After activating this feature, open one of your frequently used Apple Pencil apps, and then select one of the frequently used tools (such as the pencil tool).

Then select another tool that you use frequently (such as the fill color tool). Now you can simply double-tap the action button to switch between the two tools without touching the iPad screen!

Explore the double-tap option in professional applications

Apple has opened the dual-action feature for third-party developers. Some applications will use your preference directly from the Settings application. So, once you switch to the last option used, it will continue in third-party applications.

E.g, PDF Expert 7 supports double-tap actions and will display a useful dialog when you use the feature for the first time

PDF Expert 7 supports double-tap actions and will display a useful dialog when you use the function for the first time.

On the other hand, some applications allow you to associate specialized functions with double-tap actions that only work in the given application.

E.g, LiquidText goes allows you to turn the double-tap action into a Cancel button, which can be very useful when annotating and taking notes in the app.

LiquidText allows you to turn the double-tap action into a Cancel button, which can be very useful when annotating and taking notes in the app.

The way Apple has implemented this hidden feature means that it is not fully consistent. You should spend some time exploring the settings of the applications in which you use Apple Pencil. You may find a shortcut really useful or time-saving for action twice.


Now that you’ve learned how to make your Apple pencil more useful, you can make things better with Sidecar. Sidecar is a new feature in macOS Catalina Yes iPadOS 13 which allows you to connect iPad Pro to Mac.

Once connected, you can see your Mac’s screen on the iPad Pro and use the Apple Pencil to draw directly into Mac apps.

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