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How to add the Escape button to the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard

How to add the Escape button to the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard

Magic Keyboard is a must-have accessory for iPad Pro owners, offering a truly transformative experience that allows iPad Pro to directly compete with people like Surface Pro 7 along with conventional laptops and MacBooks. But apart from the price tag of £ 299 / $ 299 (for the 11in variant – £ 50 / $ 50 more for 12.9in), the Magic Keyboard loses one important element – the Escape key.

The fact that you have landed on this page means you might experience the same problem by pressing a button when trying to close a window on your iPad. But while there is no special Escape key available by default, there are ways to add an Escape key to the Magic Keyboard. This is how you do it.

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Add an Escape button to the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard

Fortunately, the solution is not to dismantle your £ 299 / $ 299 iPad Pro Magic Keyboard and add new physical buttons – that would be a bit extreme, right? Instead, there’s actually a way to reprogram certain keys on your keyboard through your iPad’s Settings menu.

Before we begin, it’s a good idea to show that your iPad must be connected to Magic Keyboard to access device settings, so make sure you do it first. When you are ready:

1. Open the Settings application on your iPad.
2. Tap General> Keyboard> Keyboard Hardware> Modifier Keys.

From here, you will be able to choose one of a number of keys on your keyboard and use it again as the Escape key. You have the option to reprogram either Caps Lock, Globe, Command, Option or Control key, although with frustration, the § button on the top left where you would normally expect the Escape key to live is not an option.

Let’s hope for a change in future updates because it feels weird not to use keys that are underused (for this journalist only!).

3. Tap the like to repurpose button. Unless you often need to access Emoji when using the Magic Keyboard, we recommend using the Globe button again.
4. Tap Escape to map. Function of escaping to the Globe button.

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You should then be able to use the remapped key as an Escape key – but what if you often use all the keys that can be re-created and cannot sacrifice one for reuse?

The good news is that you can press Command (⌘) and full stop (.) Together to recreate the same effect. Useful, right?

For more practical tips, here’s how to use iPad as a second display and how to use WhatsApp on iPad too.

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