Having a floating keyboard on your iPad has its advantages. For example, you can Swype to type faster, something you can’t do when the keyboard is at its standard size. With a floating keyboard, you can also move it anywhere on your display and get a better view of the site you’re visiting. But, despite the advantages, some users don’t want to use it anymore and want to turn it off. If you’re reading this, you’ve reached this point and wish to return to the regular-sized keyboard. Keep reading to see how you can turn the floating keyboard off. But if you change your mind, you’ll also see the different options to turn it on again.
How Can You Turn Off Floating Keyboard on Your iPad?
The fastest way to turn off the floating keyboard on your iPad is to place your finger at the bottom of the keyboard and drag it to the bottom center of your display.
When you put it there, you’ll see how the keyboard expands; when it does, let go, and it should now be at its regular size.
If you have issues with the first option, you can always expand the keyboard from the center. Use the same gesture you would to zoom in on an image.
How to Turn On Floating Keyboard on Your iPad
If you want to try the floating keyboard, you can easily enable it by long-pressing the keyboard key and choosing the Floating option. You can’t miss it since it’s the only option there. So, long-press and slide to the Floating option. If you let go the option will disappear.
Another option is to spread your index and thumb fingers on opposite points of the keyboards and bring them together. Using this gesture will enable the floating keyboard automatically.
Remember to avoid experiencing bugs; having the latest software version on your iPad is always best. To check for any pending updates, open the settings app, go to General, and tap the Software Update option.
What Can I Do If The Floating Keyboard Appears When Using the Apple Pencil?
It can be annoying when you want to use your Apple Pencil to fill out a text field only to see the keyboard get in the way. To keep the floating keyboard, you can try the following. Open the Settings app and go to Apple Pencil. Toggle off the Scribble option, and you’re good to go.
How Can I Move the Floating Keyboard?
Moving the floating keyboard is easy. All you need to do is tap and place a finger on the grab bar at the bottom of that little gray line below. Now, slide the keyboard to wherever you want to put it. There are places where the keyboard won’t stay. For example, if you want to place it in the upper right-hand corner, you’ll notice how it drops slightly. But if you put it on your display’s right or left side, it’ll stay.
What Changes Can I make to the Keyboard?
If you want to change how your floating keyboard looks, you’ll need to go to Settings > General > Keyboard. You can do things such as add another keyboard, turn on/off auto-capitalization, and various other options. If you want your floating keyboard to look less cluttered, you can do things such as turn off dictation, and the mic key on the keyboard will disappear. To turn off or on any other features, all you need to do is toggle on/off the button on the side.
Speaking of keyboards, if you want to know how to get back the emoji keyboard on your iPhone. Since it’s also possible to change the language on your keyboard, here is how you can go about doing that, too. Also, if you want to have good lighting so you can continue to work, here is how you can turn on the keyboard light on your MacBook. You can also give the keyboard on your iPad/iPhone a new look by changing the keyboard color; here is how you can do that. If you need to look for a specific topic, remember you can always use the search bar at the top left of your display.
Using the floating keyboard has its advantages. You can Swipe to type faster and not have the normal-sized keyboard cover most of what you have on your screen. But when you’re ready to return to the normal-sized keyboard, you can do so by using two methods. You can even make the keyboard less cluttered by removing keys such as for dictation. How often do you use the floating keyboard? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.
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