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iPad Pointing Devices Tips & Tricks To Become More Productive

iPad Pointing Devices Tips & Tricks
Written by Hassan Abbas

iPad Pointing Devices Tips & Tricks: The iPadOS 13.4 and iOS 13.4 software updates took iOS 13.0’s first iPad mouse compatibility as an accessibility choice to the other level using trackpad support. It completes with trackpad gestures and the interactive mouse pointer and other perks. In this article, we have covered lots of tips and tricks to explain the mouse/trackpad support in iPadOS and also how to customize it and much more.

If you cant try out support for wireless, trackpads or USB mice in iPadOS 13.4 or iOS. Then you’re missing out on major improvements that will modify the way you use your iPad and make you much more productive. Let come and take a look at iPad Pointing Devices Tips & Tricks.

iPad Pointing Devices Tips & Tricks

Here are the following tips & tricks for iPad mouse and trackpad:

1. Three levels of settings

Customizations are available from three various places:

  • Settings → General → Mouse or Trackpad or Mouse & Trackpad (depending on what you have connected). From there, simply modify how fast the interactive onscreen pointer moves, which direction the mouse/trackpad will move, allow clicking the trackpad to simulate a tap and select whether your secondary tap is right or left.
  • Settings → Accessibility → Pointer Control. Control trackpad inertia and moving speed. Also, modify pointer appearance and size or enable/disable morphing. When the cursor is near tabs, buttons, and other user interface elements.
  • Settings → Touch → Assistive Touch. Specify various functions to trackpad/mouse buttons in the Devices section under the bottom of Pointer Devices heading.

Customizing pointer appearance

If you think it is complex to spot the round pointer as it scrolls across the iPad screen. Then you can easily enhance or reduce its size or select a different pointer color. The pointer color is green or red. Just to make it stand out from the background. Also, you can enhance its contrast and modify stroke size for pointer outline. Try allowing a colored pointer, then switch to Notes and highlight some text to view your changes in action.

Static or animated pointer?

Turning off Pointer Animations in Settings → Accessibility → Pointer Control will make sure that the different user interface elements are automatically highlighted. Whenever you hover over them using the pointer, but the pointer can’t involve itself right into a nearby button.

AssistiveTouch visibility

Button customizations need that the AssistiveTouch accessibility feature to be turned on. Also, it prompts iOS to show a button that looks like a shortcut to your AssistiveTouch features. You can also drag it to any corner of the screen, this button remains stays on the screen all the time.

If you don’t want distractions. You can just click Idle Opacity in your AssistiveTouch settings to decrease the visibility of that menu button when not in use down to 15% the lowest allowed value.

To completely disable this button, turn off the feature Always Show Menu. Also, remember that hiding the AssistiveTouch menu will secure you from using the Hot Corners feature. Also, customizing actions assigned to your mouse or trackpad buttons.

Hot Corners

Just like Mac you can also have Hot Corners on your iPad.

Come let’s start, click the entry Hot Corners in your AssistiveTouch settings to enable or disable it. From there, you can cherry-pick a required action for each of the 4 screen corners. However, it will automatically perform when you reach that corner using the pointer. Also, you may dedicate your right corner to Control Center and the underneath corner to the app switcher or also a custom shortcut, how amazing is that?

Or, you can specify the Screenshot action. It is best for automatically capturing a screenshot whenever you reside in the pointer in that corner. To ignore accidental screenshotting and modify the amount of time you required to hold the pointer for the Hot Corners. You can also customize Dwell Control, which is an amazing feature that triggers the action once you rest the pointer on the item that you like to tap for a set amount of time.

Head back to the AssistiveTouch settings where you can set up Hot Corners.

Simply modify the Dwell Control using the + and – buttons for a few the few numbers of seconds. You’re also suggested to select Pause Dwell like your Fallback Action for Dwell Control. Remember that Dwell Control is needed for the Hot Corners feature to function.

Customizing mouse/trackpad buttons

If you w want to assign the various functions to the buttons on your trackpad or mouse. Simply move your AssistiveTouch settings and click the choices Devices at the bottom of the Pointer Devices. Also, click your devices that are listed below. You can also click a button to assign other actions than the default one.

If your buttons are not listed, click Customize Additional Buttons, then hit a mouse button to select an action. Also, you can set your center mouse button to act as a trigger for the screenshot function or iOS app switcher or any of your existing shortcuts.

Perhaps the best use for the middle mouse button would be setting it to perform a hold-and-drag action, which is must faster than having to hold an item and wait until it lifts up.

Accessing iOS features instantly

Using mouse and trackpad support, you can easily access iOS features like the Notification Center or Control, the app switcher and so on so forth. Just to get to the Control Center, also move the pointer to choose the iOS status icons in the upper right corner of the screen, then tap.

Make sure you don’t tap at all. Just use one finger to move the pointer on a screen section that invokes a feature. Also, move the pointer past that screen corner again.

Not just this but also you can get your Notification Center after highlighting the iOS status icons located at the top-left corner with the cursor. Also, tap. Otherwise, you can just use one finger to move the cursor at the top of the screen near the center, no extra action needed.

Use keyboard shortcuts

After using all pointing devices such as mouse or trackpad will quickly boost your iPad productivity.  But you know what else instead of the mouse and trackpad? Here they are Keyboard shortcuts. Just like Mac, you can hit some modifier keys on a physical iPad keyboard to perform different actions quickly.

In Safari, you can Control-tap something to pull up the right-tap function. This is quite handy if you don’t have a secondary mouse button that you could map to the right-tap function. The shortcuts work in all apps that support iOS 13’s contextual menus and standard click-and-hold action.

You may Control-tap an image to uncover choices to save it. It means that Control-tap a link to bring up choices to open the URL in the new tab stored the linked file and so on so forth. Control-tapping a Safari link brings up the contextual menu without also previewing the URL, which is quite nice.

You can also Control-tap the Dock icons to uncover proper actions.

Option-tapping a URL in Safari will install the linked file to your Downloads section. However, Command-tapping a URL will open its webpage in the new Safari tab in the background. And don’t forget that you can display a list of all of the keyboard shortcuts in an app by hitting and holding the Command key on your keyboard.

Yes, you can right-tap

Why bother yourself Control-tapping when you can simply right-tap?

If you want to turn on emulating right-tapping on your trackpad by clicking with two fingers. Simply head over to Settings → General → Trackpad, then move the switch next to the choice using Two Finger Secondary Tap found under the bottom of the Trackpad heading to the ON position.

To turn on left-tapping, allow the choice Click to Tap.

For your mouse, click the option Secondary Click under the bottom of the Mouse. Also, select a mouse button that you want to perform the right-tap function. You can right-tap to access contextual menus in lots of apps. It includes Safari, Messages, Notes, right-tap icons on the Home screen, in the Dock and much more.

Long-tapping in Safari previews stuff

While using pointing devices, you can right-tap to open the contextual menu. But an alternative shortcut that does the same thing. Like long-tapping. So, if you like to preview a webpage in Safari without tapping the link. Just long-tap the URL to view a quick preview.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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