10 Magic Keyboard trackpad gestures all iPad Pro owners should know

iPadOS offers the power of Multi-Touch technology to compatible trackpad and mouse devices. It gives you another way to use your iPad apart from touch and ink (Apple Pencil).

iPadOS supports a few dozen gestures for trackpads and mice, but we’ve distilled Apple’s list down to ten essential gestures for the Magic Keyboard (they work on other trackpads) that all iPad Pro owners should memorize to save time and increase productivity.

11-inch and 12.9-inch M2 iPad Pro with Apple's Magic Keyboard, set agains a dark background

Video: 10 trackpad gestures for iPad Pro

If you’re more of a visual person, watch the hands-on video walkthrough from our videographer Harris Craycraft that I’ve embedded down below.

List of 10 useful trackpad gestures for iPad Pro

1. Swipe left or right

To perform a swipe to the left or right, use two fingers instead of one.

2. Swipe up or down

Similarly, you can scroll in apps by sliding two fingers up and down on the trackpad.

3. Zoom in and out

Use two fingers to zoom in and out in apps like Safari, Photos, Photoshop, and so forth. Bring the fingers closer together to zoom out or spread them apart to zoom in.

4. Home Screen

Swipe up with three fingers to get to the Home Screen from wherever you happen to be.

5. App switcher

Swipe up with three fingers, then pause abruptly to enter the iPadOS App Switcher.

6. Cycle between apps

Instead of swiping horizontally across the Home indicator on your tablet, swipe with three fingers on the trackpad to go to the next or previous app. Bonus tip: swiping right with three fingers on the Home Screen takes you back to the last-used app.

7. Slide Over

Move the pointer with one finger to the right edge of the screen, then swipe right to move it past the screen edge and enter Slide Over. To hide Slide Over, swipe right again.

8. Notification and Control center

Move the pointer with one finger to select the iPadOS status icons in the top-right corner, then click to pull up Control Center. Alternatively, select the icons and swipe up with one finger. To open your Notification Center, move the pointer with one finger past the top of the screen near the middle. Or, select the status icons at the top left, then click.

9. Tap to click

Enable the option Tap to Click in Settings > General > Trackpad or Trackpad & Mouse so that all taps performed on your trackpad or touch-sensitive mouse are interpreted as clicks.

10. Two-Finger Secondary Click

Enable this option in Settings > General > Trackpad or Trackpad & Mouse so that a tap with two fingers on the trackpad is interpreted as a long tap or secondary click. You can use this on the Home Screen and in apps to quickly open the contextual menu.

Our power users may want to learn about additional iPad trackpad gestures, too.

Your favorite trackpad gestures?

In your mind, what are the top five Multi-Touch gestures on the Magic Keyboard (or any trackpad, for that matter) that really make sense when using your iPad Pro? And while we’re at it, which trackpad gestures are counterintuitive and need more work, do you think?

Chime in with your thoughts in the commenting section down below.

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