Hi! Eric Murcia here with another episode of Tech Tip Tuesday. This week, keeping in line with what we talked about last week, I’m going to give you a tip, which is probably one of the most important tips or tricks that exist for an iOS devices. So like your iPhones and iPads.

Moving The Cursor

[This is] one of the things I struggle with the most, and I use my iOS devices a lot. I use my iPhone all day long. I use my iPad pretty much during the day at client sites. I use it at home. I use that thing everywhere. My biggest complaint is [moving the cursor].

When I pull up the keyboard because I want to type or edit an area of text, using my finger to try to place [the cursor] exactly where I want it in the text to edit something is almost impossible. [It’s] because your finger takes up multiple characters, unless you have pencil-thin fingers, and I do not. This seemingly simple task becomes very complicated.

There Is A Solution

So, what are we to do about that? Normally on a computer, you would use a mouse, which is very precise to put the cursor where you need it. But our iPhone doesn’t have that, or our iOS devices do not have that. Or do they? I learned that there is one. It’s here, and it’s been here for a while. I don’t know why I did not know about this before. I am using this feature or function like crazy now.

Using The iOS Trackpad

Anytime you have the keyboard up, if you just tap and hold down on the keyboard, all of the keys will go blank, and you have a super-accurate mouse that moves as I move my finger back and forth. Now I can place the cursor with pinpoint accuracy anywhere I need it in here, or in a document. I use OneNote a lot, so if I’m entering in notes, it just makes it so easy to put that anywhere that you may need it.

I can’t believe I didn’t know about it before, so I am passing on the knowledge to the rest of you out there. I hope it helps you out, and alleviates that little bit of frustration for you as well. That’s your Tech Tip for this week. I look forward to talking to you again next week.

NOTE: For iOS devices without 3D Touch, press and hold on the spacebar to activate the trackpad.

Looking for More Tips?

We post new episodes of Tech Tip Tuesday as often as we can.  You can view previous episodes in our Tech Tip Tuesday library.  Blog posts with various IT tips and news are released every Friday.  Click the Sign Up or Subscribe button on this page to subscribe and receive every tip directly in your inbox each week.  Pit Crew IT Services can also help your organization with any IT needs you might have.  Get started with a free consultation using the button below.

Get a FREE IT Consultation!

Start Now