How to Control Find on iPad

How to Control Find on iPad

Apple’s iPad is the most powerful tablet in the world owing to the company’s walled-garden solid system.

With Apple’s software and hardware, users have complete control over the iPad (and other Apple devices), and the Cupertino giant is solely answerable to the users.

Before the introduction of the Smart Keyboard and Magic Keyboard, the iPad was merely a tablet with a bigger screen than a smartphone.

First-party and third-party keyboards have turned the iPad into a powerful computer, including Apple’s uber-powerful M1 chip that powers their first-generation silicon MacBooks.

Those using the iPad without a keyboard know the struggle of getting things done, especially if they don’t have a computer.

Buying a Magic Keyboard is suggested, but it’s too expensive for the already costly iPad.

Control F or Command F keyboard shortcut is quite handy when you need to find something on your computer quickly. But there’s no way you can use the Control F shortcut on your iPad.

For those unfamiliar with how Apple works, Control is not the primary key, unlike Windows; the ‘Command’ key rules the MacBook.

So, in this short article, I’ll guide you on how to Control Find on an iPad.

How to Control Find on iPad to search on a browser

Step 1: Launch the browser of your choice.

How to Control Find on iPad

Step 2: Go to the website you want to search.

How to Control Find on iPad

Step 3: Click on the ‘Share’ icon in the screen’s upper-right corner.

How to Control Find on iPad

Step 4: Navigate to ‘Find in Page.’

How to Control Find on iPad

Step 5: Enter what you’re looking for in the upper-left corner.

Step 6: Tap on ‘Done.’

That is how you’ll find key information and phrases with just one tap.

How to Control Find on iPad to search in Files

With Files, you can find a specific file on your iPad. Once you locate it, you can search for specific text on the image or file. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Launch the Files app on your iPad.

Step 2: Click on the Search bar at the top of the screen.

How to Control Find on iPad

Step 3: Enter the term you’re looking for.

How to Control Find on iPad

How to Control Find on other Apps

You can Control Find on other apps with just a few steps, depending on the apps you’ll be using.

In some apps, you can search with a tool that looks like a magnifying glass or go to the options menu and look for the ‘find’ or ‘search’ options.


How to Control Find on iPad

How to Control Find on iPad

Google Docs

How to Control Find on iPad

How to Control Find on iPad


How to Control Find on iPad with a keyboard

Those who use Apple’s first-party Smart Keyboard/Magic Keyboard or a third-party Bluetooth keyboard can use the Command (⌘) + F button to find text or files, depending on the app.

How to Control Find on iPad

If and when you use a keyboard on your iPad, you would be able to use the ‘Ctrl + F’ command just like you would on your computer.


Is there a way to Ctrl F on an iPad?

Using the Control F command isn’t possible on an iPad, but other options will let you search for words and files. You can use these options to search for terms in browsers, Google Docs, Files app, iBooks, and other programs on your iPad.

Where is the Command key on the iPad?

There is no command key on an iPad. You’ll have to select the text manually by touching the screen. If you are using an Apple Keyboard or a Bluetooth keyboard, you can use the Command (⌘) with various other combinations to get work done.

How do you use the Find command in Safari on iPad?

iPad users can use Command+F to find text on any app or browser. If you are using Safari, press Command+F on the keyboard to bring up ‘Find On Page’ instantly.’ Now, type the text you want to search for on-page and press on return to find the matching text on the web page.


This is how to control the find on an iPad.

Using a command key on a keyboard-less iPad is impossible; you can search for words, numbers, names, or phrases on it with various touch inputs. You can use all of these search methods on your iPhone as well.

If an iPad is the only computer in your house, consider buying the first-party Magic Keyboard that supports iPad Air, 11″ iPad Pro, and the 12.9″ iPad Pro.

It is expensive, but it will help get your work done.

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