Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple 37 37 people found this article helpful How to Move the Keyboard on iPad Newer versions of iOS give you options By Fionna Agomuoh Writer Fionna Agomuoh is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, International Business Times, and others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Fionna Agomuoh Updated April 01, 2020 Apple iPad Macs Tweet Share Email iPad users can move their keyboard from its static position at the bottom of the tablet screen, and split it in half to make typing a little easier. iPad owners can also set the keys in locations on the screen to make the keys easier to access. Read on to learn how to change your keyboard on an iPad for your specific needs. Instructions in this article apply to iOS 13 or later. How to Place iPad Keyboard in the Middle of the Screen Here's how to undock the keyboard and move it to a different location on the screen: Open an iOS app like Notes or Messages that uses the keyboard as its main function. Tap a text field to bring up the keyboard. On the keyboard, long-press the Keyboard icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. Choose Undock. Press down anywhere on the keyboard and drag it up or down to the position of your preference. Moving the keyboard up too high could obstruct the text space in an app when you type. Once you release the keyboard, it stays in the location you set. To adjust the keyboard further, redo the previous steps. How to Split Your iPad Keyboard in Two Splitting your iPad keyboard in two is another way to adjust the keyboard to fit your preference. In addition to splitting in two, you can move each keyboard section to the exact location you desire on your iPad screen. The split keyboard option is not available on the 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Open the keyboard in a text supported iOS app. Long-press the Keyboard icon in the lower-right corner of the screen Choose Split. Lightly press Keyboard and drag to your desired position. To return the keyboard to a single keyboard, long-press Keyboard, then select Merge. Or, if you want to dock the keyboard as well, select Dock and Merge. How to Return Your iPad Keyboard to Its Original Position When you finish using your iPad keyboard in an alternative set up, you can easily return it to its original placement on the screen. You can also use this method if you have any issues with the altered keyboard to reset and try again. Open the keyboard in a text supported iOS app. Long-press the Keyboard icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. From the pop-up menu, select Dock.