Has iOS 4.2 made those nifty keyboard shortcuts we posted about a couple weeks ago just a little bit glitchy on your iPad? Being able to tap and slide to capital letters, numbers, symbols, etc. is a real time saver but several of our readers are telling us they're either not working at all, working but resulting in random input instead of the right character, or sometimes working and sometimes not.

I had the problem at first but it seems to have stopped after a reboot. If you're having the problem we have the usual advice to help you fix it, after the break.

If you're not sure which keyboard shortcuts we're talking about, check out the original tip and video. Unfortunately, there's no secret to this one. Since it isn't consistent it's probably not a real bug in the OS but just a glitch for some of us who've updated. Here's what to try, from easy to annoying:

  • Restart the app.
  • Reboot the iPad.
  • Update the OS again in iTunes and restore from backup.
  • Update the OS again and start clean.

Yes, the last one is the nuclear option but sometimes there's a problem in the backup and no matter how many times you restore, you end up restoring that same problem again and again. Hopefully one of the first few solutions works for you and it doesn't come to that -- just know it's always an option.

If you're experiencing a glitchy keyboard on your iPad post iOS 4.2, and especially if you've found a work around, let us know in the comments!