I'm using an Apple bluetooth keyboard with my iPad. Even in Safari, arrow keys, Cmd-arrow for forward and back, Cmd-D for bookmark, etc do not work. The only useful keyboard navigation is Return, Tab and Shift-Tab.

Are there perhaps some jailbroken apps that provide some sort of keyboard navigation shim? Perhaps through GUI macros?

  • What version of iOS are you running?
    – Daniel
    Oct 21, 2011 at 1:38
  • I am running IOS 5.
    – themirror
    Oct 21, 2011 at 3:28

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I am sorry to say that I am unaware of any apps (jailbroken or otherwise) that add keyboard navigation to the iPad.

According to GigaOm, the following shortcuts do work:

  • C Copy selected text
  • X Cut selected text
  • V Paste
  • Z Undo
  • shiftZ Redo
  • Go to top of document
  • Go to bottom of document
  • Go to start of line
  • Go to end of line
  • Delete to end of line
  • Delete previous word
  • F1 Make screen dimmer
  • F2 Make screen brighter
  • F7 Skip back one song
  • F8 Play or Pause Music
  • F9 Skip forward one song
  • F10 Mute Volume
  • F11 Decrease Volume
  • F12 Increase Volume
  • Show or hide onscreen keyboard
  • Sad. I wonder if any Cydia or other jail broken apps provide this functionality.
    – themirror
    Oct 22, 2011 at 18:07

There is a nice article on enabling some keyboard features using VoiceOver. It is not perfect, especially due to the fact that it disables normal typing and scrolling with fingers, but it allows you to:

  • Select items with keyboard (Left & Right buttons)
  • Open Home Screen (Ctrl+Opt+H) and running applications (double that shortcut)
  • Quick Search on current screen (Ctrl+Opt+I)
  • and more.

I wish I could enable these shortcuts without switching on the whole VoiceOver feature.

  • That article changed my life. Fantastic!
    – chiggsy
    May 26, 2012 at 3:23

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