How do you type control + [ on the German Smart Keyboard for iPad.

I am missing the "Esc" on the iPad keyboard a lot in order to discard text fields. I read that control + [ might work as a replacement.

How do you type this on a German keyboard layout with [ not being a dedicated key.

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I had an issue where I couldn't get a question mark to appear using the Apple iPad Smart Keyboard with the German as the language, I would switch back to English for punctuation. I just found that you can have the language set as German but then change the keyboard hardware settings to English and now my question mark button give me a question mark. Yay! So it may work for your situation too. On your iPad go to Setting > General > Keyboard > Keyboard hardware.


You want to use command with period: + .

Tested with German, Swiss German and English in Safari.

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