Can You Type a Paper on an Apple iPad?

By Heather Harris

Enter text on your iPad using the virtual keyboard.
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Many tasks that you perform on a computer, such as creating documents, can also be performed on mobile devices and tablets such as Apple's iPad. The iPad in particular has options that make it possible for you to type and edit a paper directly on the iPad. Whether you need to create simple text documents or more complex ones with graphs and images, you can accomplish this on your iPad. You can also print, email or export the paper when you're finished, depending upon which app you decide to use.

Using the Notes and Pages Apps

As with all iOS devices, your iPad comes equipped with a Notes app. You can use the iPad's on-screen keyboard or a compatible external keyboard to enter text into the app and then use the app to print the document or email it if you have configured the email settings in your iPad's settings. Pages is another app created by Apple for use with iOS devices; it can be purchased from your iPad's App Store. Instead of the simple text documents created with Notes, you can choose from an array of templates, including a "Term Paper" option. Some other functions of Pages include auto-save, graphs and formatting options.

Other Apps

In the App Store, you can find a variety of apps by third-party developers that provide the means to create documents. Most of these apps make use of the on-screen or external keyboard. Others include functions such as talk-to-type, which requires use of a microphone or headset to translate your verbal cues into text on the screen or the ability to hand-write content with a stylus or your finger. Some apps are compatible with computer-based office programs and can import or export documents with them. In addition to using apps to compose your paper, some make it possible for you to email or print it.

Using the On-Screen Keyboard

To make the keyboard appear when you need it, tap inside the field or area where you want to type. You can access numbers, symbols and international keyboard options as well as letters arranged in the QWERTY format. You can configure your keyboard options by accessing the "Settings" menu from your iPad's home screen, and tapping "General," then "Keyboard." Available options include auto-capitalization, auto-correction, caps lock, spell check and shortcuts. You can also add shortcuts from this menu.

Using an External Keyboard

When typing a large document, you may find it easier to use an external keyboard instead of the on-screen keyboard. Apple sells a wireless keyboard designed for use with its devices, including the iPad. The keyboard requires two AA batteries and is designed to be energy-efficient. Some functions that the keyboard can perform with Apple computers may not be available for use with the iPad. Other compatible keyboards by third-party manufacturers are also available and have functions and limitations that vary by model.