Those who use a standard Apple Wireless Keyboard with their iPads must know that there is no ready way to perform any task-switching action, even though third-party keyboards like the ones from Logitech allow this using dedicated keys. But now, folks over at Tao of Mac (via The Verge) have found a workaround and have published a list of keyboard shortcuts that should definitely make typing on the iPad with Apple Wireless Keyboard a little bit easier.
Here is a list of some interesting key combinations:
Ctrl+Alt+Hequates to a Home button press (do it twice to show the task bar, add a little pause to go to Spotlight)
Ctrl+Alt+Ipops up the Item Chooser, which allows you to pick just about any accessible element on the screen and jump to it – try it on your home screen to get a nice list of folders and apps
Left+Rightto go into quick navigation mode and go over all the accessible UI elements
Up+Downto “press” a UI element
Alt+Arrow Keysto scroll a screenful at a time (in an app, sideways on the home screen, etc.)
Cmd-Shift-Tabswitches “right” to the previous app, just like a four-finger swipe (think of it as a way to move back through the task switcher)
Cmd-Tabswitches back “left” to the app you were originally in (the screen will bounce a little when you’re already on the “latest” app)
Option-Left/Rightto page through your dock (if you go all the way left, you’ll get to the volume, playback and brightness controls)
Full-keyboard navigation is an entirely different beast and using it for a while makes you a lot more appreciative of the effort Apple puts in where accessibility is concerned.
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