Turn iPad caps lock on
You do this by double tapping the shift key on either side of the keyboard. This is on by default. You control Caps Lock in the Settings. In Settings tap on General and Keyboard. Set Enable Caps Lock to Off. For a single capital letter, tap the Shift arrow key once.
The Hidden keys on the keyboard
This is a great tip for any app, like Notes, Pages or Mail, that you type into using the iPad's virtual keyboard. Rather than having to go to the second screen of the keyboard every time you want to type an apostrophe (which is a real pain) just tap and hold on the exclamation(!) key and a hidden apostrophe option will appear - then just slide your finger up to access it. Want quick quotes? To use the double quote (talking marks), hold down the ? key.
To go a step further, go through all the keys. You will find some other less commonly used symbols and letters on other keys. Not all of them have hidden content.
Use the magnifying glass
You're entering text but you realize you've made a mistake a couple of lines back. You either fumble about with your finger trying to get back to the exact place, or you use the magnifying glass. Touch and hold your finger in the right area and the magnifying glass appears, enabling you to fine tune your insertion point.
Get the meaning of a word
By holding the word down and select Define, you will be presented with a definition of the word as well as the different derivatives of that word. If you don't know how to pronounce the word, select, Speak. **You will need to have turned on this setting first. Settings, General, Accessibility, Speak Selection: ON
Add a full stop - type faster
Another great keyboard tip for typing in Pages, Notes or Mail is to double-tap the space bar at the end of a sentence. This adds a full stop and a space for you, which can be enormously time-saving when you're writing long articles, like this one! This feature needs to be enabled in the Settings first. Settings, General, Keyboard, "." Shortcut - turn ON.
Copy and Paste Text from One App to Another
Just tap and hold a word, then use your finger to drag to select more text, and then Copy it. Go to the other application, tap and hold in the input box, and then use Paste. Easy!
Want to select a whole paragraph the easy way? Just tap it 4 times to highlight the entire paragraph, then use Copy.
Replace a word - Fix up those typos
In any text that you have typed using the iPad's keyboard, you are prine to making typos. ( I just made one in the previous line). When you see the red underlined squiggly line, tap that word and the iPad will suggest replacements to correct it. It's a good way of quickly correcting typos. With the keyboard visible, double tapping any word will also offer you suggested replacements.
Split the keyboard - Merge and Dock
If you like to type text using your thumbs, you can split the keyboard to make this process easier. You can also merge the keyboard back into one, undock and dock the keyboard. If your keyboard refuses to sit at the bottom of the iPad screen when you are trying to type something, it has become undocked.
Emoticons, icons and symbols. Add an Emoji keyboard
Now you don't need to rely on third party software to type smiley or emoji characters. To type a smiley or emoji character, tap the "globe" key on the keyboard (or touch and hold the key, then slide to Emoji), a plethora of emoji characters are then at your fingertips. the emoji keyboard includes not just smiley faces, but icons, symbols, directional arrows - you name it, it's here (well almost). See the video on how to install and use it.
Formatting & editing options
There are some good note taking apps which will allow you to style and format your text. Eg Notability and Pages. However, if you are using the iPad pre-installed apps like Notes and email, you can format your text to some degree. Cut, copy, replace, paste, add an emoticon and symbol, left / right justify, correct your typos, use voice control to dictate notes are all easily available. In addition, the Mail app allows you to stlye with bold, italic, underline and indent quotes
Many of the features mentioned in these videos require a setting to be turned on or off. If you're not sure how to configure the keyboard's settings, view this video.