September 5, 2020

Shortcuts by keypress on iPad Pro.

As Shortcuts grow in power, they also increase in ways you can trigger them. A very cool trigger (but with some fine print) is via keypress. You just type a few chosen keys together and the Shortcut pops up with. Hit the Run button and you’re off.

The fine print.

In order to run shortcuts from the keyboard you must:

  • Have a Magic Keyboard with an second-generation iPad Pro.
  • Grant Full Keyboard Access.

The Full Keyboard Access feature on the iPad Pro became available with the Magic Keyboard and was created so those making the switch to iPad from a laptop never have to touch the screen. Amazing in function, I find its graphic interface annoying for the benefits you get. My gripe is that the active area of the screen gets a primitive box outlining it so you can see what’s in focus. It’s very unMac-like. (Slightly graying out the areas of the screen not in focus would have been much more elegant.) And as a long time iPad user I still find my screen to be the best trackpad.

How to grant Full Keyboard Access.

  1. From the Home screen, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Keyboards.
  4. Turn on Full Keyboard Access
  5. Tap Commands.

At the bottom of this list you’ll find all your Shortcuts. You tap one and you can record a keypress combination to fire it. It’s best to use a keypress not already assigned a function. Unfortunately I’m not finding a complete list of these or I’d share it, but you can google the combination in quotes along with “magic keyboard” to find an unused or little-used combo.

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