I’ve been really frustrated trying to get up to speed while typing on the iPad Pro. One huge problem I’ve been having is due to the keyboard layout which came with a factory default setting for the onscreen keyboard using a qwertz layout.
Sadly, most Americans don’t actually use the standard qwertz layout…we use the qwerty layout. You’d be surprised to discover that one simple swapping of 2 keys, makes a huge difference when it comes to typing proficiency.
I spent quite a bit of time researching the problem and just wasn’t finding any useful help until I read about someone who was using what they called a Slovene keyboard. Their keyboard description was similar to mine with the ‘y’ and the ‘z’ key reversed. Now I knew more about what kind of keyboard I was using…but little else.
Specifically I still didn’t know how I could get the keyboard to revert to a different layout. Then I remembered that a great new feature of ios 9 was the addition of a search box to Settings. I typed ‘!eyboqrd’ into the search box and found exactly where I needed to go.
The location of the keyboard layout options is: Settings – General – Keyboard – Keyboards – English
Once you’ve tapped on English you’ll arrive at several layout alternatives. In my case qwertz was checked off. I switched it to qwerty and everything is much better now!
I wrote this post because I had this problem with my iPad Pro’s onscreen keyboard. Upon fixing the problem using the method above I was faced with a new problem…my keyboard was now stuck in a floating position in the middle of the screen. This too was really annoying because the problem keyboard was now blocking the area I was attempting to type in at that moment. So I Googled how to solve that and lo and behold, the solution was the same one I wrote about a few weeks back for unsplitting the keyboard.
In addition to my solution I found a great little YouTube video which explains more about the problem and how to fix it.