iGBiPadBasic Trackpad and Mouse Gestures for iPad

Basic Trackpad and Mouse Gestures for iPad

Want your iPad to work much like your Mac? With these trackpad and mouse gestures for iPad in iPadOS 13.4, you can take your tablet to another level. An impeccable touch interface now amalgamates with trackpad and mouse support, what more can one want!

Thanks to iPadOS 13.4, all supported devices can now be used in a whole new manner. Before we move on, check the settings of your Bluetooth trackpad or mouse and modify them according to your preferences.

For most parts, the trackpad and mouse gestures are similar to when you use a Mac. But for ease and thorough knowledge, let’s cover every small step.

Invoke the Circular Cursor

The ‘touch’ takes precedence over the cursor. So, the round pointer will only appear when you touch the trackpad or mouse.

Wake your iPad

Wake Your iPad

When using a Bluetooth trackpad and mouse, simply touch or tap them to wake your iPad.

Open an App

Quite like your Mac or any other PC, take the cursor on the app and click. This method works for both trackpad and mouse.

Scroll up or down or left or right

Using one finger on the trackpad moves the cursor. To scroll up or down on a page, use two fingers and move them up or down.

To Scroll up or down

To scroll left or right, swipe two fingers accordingly.

To Scroll left or right

With an iPad compatible mouse, simply scroll to move up or down. However, for the left or right movement, you will have to depend on the bottom bar if available.

Open the Dock

Use your finger or mouse to swipe the pointer past the bottom of the display. Simply putting, take the round pointer to the bottom edge, almost exiting the screen.

Open the Dock

Go To Home Screen

Go to Home

Use any of the following methods:

  • Swipe up using three fingers on the trackpad
  • On the trackpad pinch out using three or four fingers
  • Drag the pointer past the bottom of the screen, even beyond Dock
  • Scroll to the bottom of the interface and click the bar at the bottom of the screen

The last two methods work with a mouse as well.

Open App Switcher

Similar to going Home gesture, you will just have to hold a bit before releasing.

Open App Switcher
  • Use three fingers, swipe up, and pause before you lift your fingers
  • Pinch four fingers together, hold slightly, and then release
  • Swipe down the pointer, hold and release. This may take some practice to master
  • For a mouse, drag up the bottom bar, hold, and release

Open Today View

To access the widgets, use two fingers to swipe right from the Home screen or the Lock screen. Similarly, swipe left with two fingers to hide Today View.

Open Today View

Spotlight Search

When using a trackpad, swipe down with two fingers on the Home Screen. To invoke search with a mouse swipe down using one finger.

Open Spotlight Search

To hide, simply swipe up with two fingers or one finger depending upon the device you are using.

For Zoom

Place two fingers near each other and Pinch open to zoom in, or pinch closed to zoom out. This works for web pages, documents, maps, and photos.

Use Zoom

You may also read: Pinch to Zoom not working on Mac? 9 Ways to fix it!

Use Trackpad and Mouse Gestures for Controls

Notification Center

  • Click on the Date & Time Status bar from the top left corner
  • Move the pointer past the top edge of the display near the middle or left corner.Open Notification Center

Even if you are using an app, these methods work seamlessly.

Control Center

  • Click on the Status bar in the upper right of the screen
  • Swipe up past the top screen near the right corner
  • Move the pointer past the top edge of the display near the middle or left side.Open Control Center

Expand Control Center Elements

  • Click and hold on the desired control
  • Tap the control with Two fingers
  • Hold the Ctrl key on a paired keyboard and click on the controls

Secondary Click

If you want to reveal the contextual menu or shall the ‘right-click,’ simply tap with two fingers. Repeat the same for apps to show quick action shortcuts.

Use Secondary Click

You can also do it with the help of a paired keyboard, hold the Ctrl key and click. As for a mouse, use the right‑click.

Trackpad and Mouse Gestures for Multitasking on iPad

Swipe Between Apps

Use three or four fingers, swipe left or right on the trackpad to move from one app to another.

Switch Between Apps

Manage Slide Over Apps

Multitasking gestures like engaging Split View Or Slide Over are pretty much the same. Just tap, drag and drop the file either on the left or right edge of the screen.

To see or hide the Slide Over apps, take the cursor to the right edge of the screen. When here, you can swipe left and right with three fingers to switch between apps.

View Slide Over

Swipe up with three fingers to see all the active apps in the Slide Over apps. To close any app, take the cursor on the app and swipe it up.

Swipe Between Pages in Safari on iPad

Very similar to how you do it in a Mac, swipe with two fingers on the trackpad. Swipe left or right to move back or forward, respectively. As for Magic Mouse, just swipe with one finger.

Trackpad and Mouse Gestures for Text Editing on iPad

First and foremost, let us praise the precision with the dot cursor, goes into the text mode.

Adjusting The Text Cursor

Simply scroll the trackpad or mouse to the desired location and click. You can also do the same by touching the screen. Grab the cursor with your finger, drag, and drop it where you want.

Select an Individual word

Move the text cursor over the word and double-tap on trackpad or mouse with one finger. This also includes an intelligent selection.

That is, the text like addresses, phone numbers, and email IDs are easily recognized and quickly selected with a double-tap.

Highlight a Block of Text

Tap on the starting point and swipe the pointer until the endpoint to select the whole text.
You can also use triple-tap or quadruple-tap to select a whole sentence and paragraph section quickly.

Moving the Text

First, select the text you want to move. Now click and drag the text to the location. Drop it by lifting the fingers off the trackpad or mouse.

Cut, Copy, and Paste with Trackpad Gestures

Select the text and pinch up with three fingers to quickly copy it. To cut, pinch up with three fingers two times. To paste, pinch down with three fingers.

Undo and redo gestures

Swipe left with three fingers to undo the last action. And to redo a three‑finger swipe to the right.

Aren’t all these gestures just amazing?

Well, we are totally digging the iPad’s trackpad and mouse gestures. It indeed does amplify the versatility of an iPad.

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