Use your keyboard, mouse, or trackpad between devices
When your devices are connected with Universal Control, you can use the keyboard, mouse, or trackpad of any connected device to work seamlessly between all devices.
When moved to an iPad, the pointer becomes a dot representing the tip of your finger. Use your mouse or trackpad to click or click and hold, just as you would use your finger to touch or touch and hold.
You can also use most trackpad gestures for the iPad. Or take actions such as these:
- Open the Dock: Move the pointer past the bottom of the screen.
- Go Home: While using an app, move the pointer past the bottom of the screen. After the Dock appears, move the pointer past the bottom of the screen again.
- Open the App Switcher: While on the Home Screen, move the pointer past the bottom of the screen, then move the pointer past the bottom of the screen again.
- Open Control Center: Click the status icons in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Open Notification Center: Click the time and date in the upper-left corner of the screen. Or move the pointer past the top of the screen, unless your iPad display is below another display.
- Open search: While on the Home Screen, scroll down.
Drag and drop between devices
Universal Control supports using your mouse or trackpad to drag and drop between devices. Here are some examples
- Sketch with Apple Pencil on your iPad, then use your mouse or trackpad to drag the drawing into Keynote on your Mac.
- Drag a photo from your Mac into a conversation in Messages on your iPad.
- Drag files from one Mac to another Mac, or drag files to the Files app on your iPad, where they can be available to other iPad apps that support them.
- A prohibitory symbol next to the item you're dragging means you can't drop the item at the current location. Instead of dragging, you might be able to use the keyboard to copy (Command-C) the item on one device, then paste (Command-V) it on the other device.