ios Quick Tips | Unsplit the ios Keyboard

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screen shots for the quick solution

A while back, perhaps around the time that ios 7 or 8 came out, Apple added the ability to split the keyboard for iPads. If I remember correctly, the feature was developed for users who wanted to use thumb typing on larger displays. I’ve never had an occasion to use the split keyboard. Probably because I can’t/don’t and won’t ever become a proficient thumb typist!

Yet, every once in a while, I do something inadvertently which results in my accidentally splitting the keyboard and sometimes undocking it too*.  I’m always really annoyed when this happens because I don’t remember how to fix it.  I just remember that the solution is a quick and easy one…but not specifically, what that solution might be!

Surprise!  I split the keyboard again!

Surprise! I split the keyboard again

Unfortunately, this exact scenario occurred today.  I ended up searching online for a solution which, in this instance required me to briefly scan (but really not so briefly ) 4 articles that highlight many new features of ios 9 as well as tips for using them.  But not one tiny mention of this feature (usually these highlight articles will mention innovations from recent-past ios versions too…thus my rational was a sort-of  ‘kill 2 birds with one stone’ variety.)

Ultimately finding the solution took me approximately 20 minutes. But that was only because I managed to remain focused and actually did stop reading when I found the solution!   This plan could easily have gone awry and distracted me for a much longer period of time**.  Because, as it turns out, right now (due to the newness of ios 9) current articles with highlights of 9’s features are plentiful, enlightening and engaging!

Problem, my keyboard is split

The screenshot above demonstrates my problem (the one I encountered today).  The ones below depict the solution for ‘unsplitting‘ the keyboard.  They also demonstrate how to ‘redock‘ the keyboard  (i.e. locking it to the bottom of the screen) if you suddenly discover that the keyboard has begun to float!

Keyboard key

Keyboard key's extra options

Settings Override to Permanantly Disable Split Keyboard

If you never want to risk having the keyboard become split, you can also turn this feature completely off in ios 9 settings.

Go to Settings – General – Keyboard to turn this off…see screenshot below.

ios 9 keyboard settings
These are footnotes which can easily be skipped 
*The solution above helped me to figure out what might be doing to cause the ‘splitting’ of  the keyboard.  While I’m still not completely sure, I suspect that I’m either not tapping the ‘keyboard’ key quickly enough sometimes (maybe if I’m distracted and thinking about something?)   Or I might be swiping up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Control Panel while the keyboard is displayed, but my swipe is a little off center and I swipe on the keyboard key instead.
**Anyone who doesn’t experience symptoms of ADHD might not really get how just a few small occurrences like this can cumulatively wipe out an entire day’s productivity! I thought the fact that I’d just taken my daily dose of Ritalin saved me but then realized as I wrote this, that my subsequent decision to actually write this post for myself had the exact same negative impact upon productivity!

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Hi...I'm the author of 2 main blogs on WordPress...vsatips...where I write tech tips for mobile devices...primarily ios...2nd is vsatrends...where I write less about tech things and more about everything else. I also host a YouTube channel which I use to better illustrate some of the 'how to's' in my posts. I love everything about technology. Currently, my main interests/platforms are ios, Windows and Amazon Echo. Recently I decided we were spending way too much money with our local cable provider. So I decided to cut the cord. There is a definite learning curve, especially the antennae part, but we successfully did that and are now saving a boatload of money, so I write some about that. I also am extremely conscientious about security because of an event my family endured , so I write a lot about that too. Two sub-categories of security I tend to focus on are the password manager Dashlane and Hardware Firewalls. Last, I take a lot of notes and have been a beta tester for Evernote for many years. I love Evernote! In recent years Apple has beefed up Apple Notes a lot...so it’s become a fairly serious note contender...as long as its OK if you lose or mess up all your Apple note data. I write about those 2 note platforms primarily.
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