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Where Is Cursor On The iPad?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms, iOS, Quick Tips

Hermachandra writes:

You were commenting about cursor in an iPad.  But my Apple iPad does not have a cursor.

Hello Hermachandra,

Your iPad does have a cursor, however, it is not exactly the same as the cursor on a computer. A cursor is “a movable, sometimes blinking symbol that indicates the position on a display where the next character entered will appear”, according to  On an iPad, that cursor is not always present, as it would be on your computer, because your finger or stylus is working as the mouse.

However, as soon as you tap on the screen somewhere that requires typing or other input, a cursor will appear. This will only happen when input is required, but there will be some indication of where you will be typing.


Basically, whenever your virtual keyboard comes up, you will find that a cursor will appear when you are ready to type. In this image, it’s the blue line after the word cursor. Other than that, you are right, you won’t see a cursor.

~ Audra

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One Response to “Where Is Cursor On The iPad?”

  1. K.Vee.Shanker. says:

    Hi Audra,

    I like Cursors, as they facilitate insertion/deletion of characters accurately and easily. Many times, I find (spelling)mistakes or words left out after I’ve typed few more words. In such cases, it is difficult to reach the exact spot in small touch screens. It’s either before or after the spot if I try! this would be one of the reasons to type long texts in small screens.

    So,I dislike the fact that the Cursor is not available in small screens. Is there any work around/addon for it?

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