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How do I use the on-screen keyboard while AirTurn pedal is attached?

When you have an AirTurn pedal (or other bluetooth pedal) attached it is common to find that the pedal overrides the on-screen keyboard.  This is because the bluetooth pedals work exactly like a physical keyboard, using the left/right/up/down arrows for navigation – it effectively simulates a physical keyboard so the tablet thinks you have a keyboard attached and thus hides the on-screen virtual keyboard. This can be quite annoying because it means you can’t use the Search feature (or any other task that requires keyboard if you’re multitasking).

AirTurn have thoughtfully published an android app called Virtual Keyboard Switch that allows you to get around this.

  • Install and run the Virtual Keyboard Switch app
  • Clicking the Start button should bring you to a settings dialog titled “Change keyboard”
  • Turn “Show virtual keyboard” option ON

Once you’ve completed the steps above you will be able to use your on-screen keyboard in All Charts mode, even with the AirTurn pedal in use.

Thanks to Harry of Mckinleyville California for this handy tip!

Maeve Lander is a software developer by day, trumpeter and arranger by night. She created Orpheus ~8 years ago, when Android was first born. It has gone through iteration over the years, but has always held true to the original vision; a minimalist sheet music reader that just does one thing, really well.


John M Emerson

3 Feb, 2020 - 6:47 am

The link to Virtual Keyboard App doesn’t go anywhere. Also, I went to Airturn and could not find the app there. Is it someplace else?

tim hunter

25 Jun, 2022 - 4:54 pm

I am using a physical keyboard with my samsung galaxy tab S7, using the up and down arrow keys to scroll through my guitar music.
Is there any way to scroll 3 lines instead of just 1 when using the keyboard? i have looked both in Android setup and Orpheus setup.
Wonderful app by the way. just what i needed!

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