Using a wireless iPad keyboard to comment on Facebook

A week ago I blogged about how to comment on Facebook using the new iPad app. It seemed that a lot of people who found my blog were searching for a solution to this, which I thought was odd because it’s a pretty easy thing to do. Well, thank you to reader Leyla, for clarifying what she thinks so many people are actually looking for: how to comment on Facebook using the new iPad app using a wireless keyboard! A-ha.

When using a wireless keyboard with an iPad, ,”For some reason the ‘Send’ box just doesn’t appear when you’re in the app,” Leyla commented, and unfortunately she’s right. And from what I can tell, there’s no way to fix it.

The only way I can post a comment when using my wireless keyboard is to pull up the iPad on-screen keyboard. I hope that most wireless keyboards have the same functions: I pull up the on-screen keyboard by pressing the function (Fn) button, then the number 6. (Or whichever number button on your keyboard has an illustration of a keyboard on it.)

When I’m using just the wireless keyboard, there’s no send button in the comment box. See below. And when you hit enter, it just moves your cursor to the next line.

But when I pull up the on-screen keyboard, it appears. See, there it is:

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21 thoughts on “Using a wireless iPad keyboard to comment on Facebook

  1. Rachel says:

    OMG thank you for that tip…it was driving me crazy!

  2. abbymalikpr says:

    You’re welcome! I’m glad the tip works for you 🙂

  3. Erin says:

    Thanks for this. It was the start of my solution, but I found (and fixed) another snag that might be a problem for some people.

    Switching to the onscreen keyboard does not bring up the send box if you have the iOS 5 split keyboard. It looks just like the wireless keyboard. So, if you tap and hold the onscreen keyboard icon in the lower right corner (the one that makes the keyboard disappear when you just tap it), you get an option to “Dock and Merge”. Doing that will bring up the old style keyboard and the send button will appear.

  4. Sam says:

    In my case, doing the above still did not work, but then I accidentlly hit the RETURN button and Aleluia! It posted!

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  6. Yes finally! Thanks Abby!

    Now I can enjoy my FB experience. Really… Really love it!

    Wait till I tell my friends about this cool facebook of mine. Will bookmark this


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