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How to use trackpad gestures on iPad

How to use trackpad gestures on iPad

Nine sheath FLOATING Magic keyboard Manzanita for the iPad Pro looks great, but you don’t have to spend $ 299 to use a trackpad. Simply connect a Magic Trackpad or a third-party multi-touch trackpad to access all new iPadOS trackpad gestures.

Starting with iPadOS 13.4, you can connect any Bluetooth mouse and trackpad to your iPad to activate the new cursor feature. Associate Apple Magic Trackpad or any other third party option is like pairing any other Bluetooth accessory.

Once the trackpad is paired and active, you can use it as if you were using the trackpad on a Mac; It even has the same gestures that you may already be used to on your Mac.

You can swipe to move the pointer, which is displayed as a translucent gray circle.

But the reason you connected a Magic Trackpad is gestures. Here is a list of all the trackpad gestures supported by the iPad:

  • right click : Tap or double-click.
  • Travel: swipe up or down with two fingers to scroll.
  • Forward backward: swipe left / right with two fingers to move forward / backward and in applications with nested menus (such as the Settings application).
  • Zoom: pinch and shrink to enlarge.
  • Spotlight: swipe down on the home screen to display the Spotlight search bar.
  • Change the application: swipe left or right with three fingers to switch applications (also works in the Swipe over panel).
  • Start: swipe up with three fingers to go Home.
  • Application selector: Swipe up with three fingers and hold to enter the app launcher.
  • Exit applications: Swipe up with three fingers on a multitasking view app to force close.

If you’re used to touch-to-click on your Mac, you can enable this feature for iPad by going to Settings> General> Trackpad. Here, tap the switch next to ‘Tap to click’.

While you’re here, we recommend enabling the «Two-finger secondary click» option.

That’s not all, you can customize the behavior and appearance of the cursor in detail. Take a look at our guide on how customize the iPad cursor.