I have jailbroken iPad 2 (iOS5.1.1) and an Apple wireless Bluetooth keyboard that I use for typing on the iPad. Although the keyboard is a joy to use, I can't use it for much else other than typing documents and creating notes.

I'd like to be able to use some kind of keyboard shortcuts to move around/switch between apps, use shortcuts like Cmd + K or Ctrl + K in the browser and so on.

Is this somehow possible? And if so how?

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    I can't comment on Jailbreak-based solutions, but iOS itself only responds to a small subset of computer-based commands. It should work well with things like <kbd>cmd</kbd> + <kbd>B</kbd> to make an item bold-faced for instance, or <kbd>opt</kbd> + e to add an accent mark above a letter. Generally any commands you can use in Pages on a Mac to modify your text you can use on an iPad. You may get more fully-featured answers though from someone with a jailbroken device.
    – bispymusic
    Mar 26, 2013 at 16:27

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BeeKeyboard is a tweak available via Cydia that adds the ability to create custom keyboard shortcuts. I'm not sure if it can do app-switching shortcuts, but you can install a plugin called BeeSafari to add some browser shortcuts.


When you’re in a programme, press and hold the CMD button, a pop-up should appear giving you a list of commands.

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