Some tips to improve your daily work on iPad (and iPhone)

There are many hidden features on iOS and now iPadOS. Here are some tips to help you in your daily work on iPhone or iPad.
While these tips work on all Apple mobile devices, some may be more suitable for the iPad, due to the screen size. Indeed, certain gestures are difficult to achieve on smaller screens like those of the iPhone.

Select text

iPadOS 13 and iOS 13 allow you to control the selection of text very finely, by simply tapping on your screen.

  • Double tap to select a word.
  • Tap three times to select a phrase.
  • Tap four times to select a paragraph.

Undo and redo

On iOS, you may have already discovered the handy “shake to cancel” feature. This feature still exists, but it is difficult to practice with an iPad, especially if you have an iPad pro. iPadOS 13 therefore offers an equivalent more suited to the size and weight of your device:

  • Swipe left with three fingers to undo the last action.
  • Swipe right with three fingers to redo the last undone action.
  • To cancel, it is also possible to use a double tap with three fingers (although it may seem difficult at first, the gesture becomes natural afterwards).

Copy, cut and paste

The famous functions “copy”, “cut”, “paste” – cmd + C, cmd + X and cmd + V on Mac – also exist on your iPad and iPhone. The gestures can be difficult to grasp the first few times, which is why it is recommended to practice first on false text.

  • Pinch with three fingers to copy.
  • Pinch with three fingers twice (slower than for the previous combinations, it is not a “double-click”) to cut.
  • Pinch (or release) with three fingers to stick.

Move cursor

To move the cursor on the screen, simply place your finger on the cursor and move it. Imagine taking it and dropping it somewhere else. It’s simple but avoid hitting too hard, otherwise it won’t work.


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