Before we begin…
When we use a keyboard with iOS, we can do much more than simply use the keyboard to type. There is a ton of keyboard commands available for both native and third party applications. These keyboard commands can be utilized by users who don’t use VoiceOver and VoiceOver users.
This guide goes over the keyboard commands available in native apps in iOS. If you’re interested in keyboard commands for VoiceOver with iOS, here is a link to my guide on VoiceOver with the Apple Wireless Keyboard.
These commands will work in any context in iOS, which means we can use them while on the homescreen and within apps.
|Home Button||Command + H|
|Search||Command + Space|
Text Editing Commands
Text editing is usually the reason why most folks go out and grab a wireless keyboard. There are a group of keyboard commands we can use in almost any text editing context.
|Select All||Command + A|
|Undo||Command + Z|
|Cut||Command + X|
|Paste||Command + V|
|Underline||Command + U|
|Italics||Command + I|
|Bold||Command + B|
|New Email||Command + N|
|Reply||Command + R|
|Reply All||Command + Shift + R|
|Forward||Command + Shift + F|
|Close Message||Command + W|
|Send||Command + Shift + D|
|Mark as Junk||Command + Shift + J|
|Flag||Command + Shift + L|
|Mark as Unread||Command + Shift + U|
|Go to Previous Message||Command + Up Arrow|
|Go to Next Message||Command + Down Arrow|
|Get All New Mail||Command + Shift + N|
|Mailbox Search||Command + Option F|