- Home Button
When the iPad first launched, there was no dedicated mute button anywhere on the device. However, with iOS 4.3 Apple has given you the choice of using the lock switch to mute the sound or lock the iPad's orientation. Either way, a good tip for quickly muting your iPad is to press and hold the Volume-down button.
- Power Down
Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red "slide to power off" slider appears, and then slide the slider.
Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.
- Screen Shots
You can take a screenshot on your iPad by pressing Home and then the Sleep/Wake button. The screen will flash and you'll hear a click, indicating that a photo has been taken. Your screen shots are saved automatically in your Photos gallery.
- Searching iPad: Spotlight Search
You can slide the screens from right to left ... move the home screen to the right to access spotlight search.
You can click the home button twice and it will activate the Spotlight feature on your iPad.
- Starting the Photo Slideshow
- iPad Keyboard
- Split screen keyboard
Bring up the keyboard from within any app.
Use a finger from each hand on the keyboard, and then tap and pull your fingers outwards.
Once you've done, the keyboard will quickly split, with one half near the bottom right of the screen and the other half near the bottom left.
- Capital Letters
To type a capital letter on the onscreen keyboard you first tap the left or right shift key, then the letter. If you need to type a whole word in caps this can be painful. Save time typing in caps by turning the caps lock on. To do this double tap on either shift key.
- Cut, Copy and Paste
You can quickly copy and paste text by tapping and holding down, and then choosing Select to select the exact portion of text you'd like the copy. Next tap Copy, then go to a different app, and tap and hold down again, then tap Paste from the menu that appears. Top tip: To select an entire paragraph of text you need to tap four times.
- Downsizing the keyboard
Click the keyboard icon to downsize.
- Replacing a word
When you hold down on a word to copy it, choose Select, then you will see a new option: Replace. Tap this and, you can see suggestions for alternative words that have similar spellings. It's a good way of quickly correcting typos.
- Com/net/edu option
Save time typing web addresses in Safari by using the iPad's ".com" key when typing in a URL. A little-known timesaver is that if you hold down the .com key you get access to a menu that offers a .co.uk and other options too.
This is a great tip for any app, such as Notes, Pages or Mail, that you type into using the iPad's virtual keyboard. Rather than having to go to the second screen of the keyboard every time you want to type an apostrophe (which is a real pain) just tap and hold on the ! key and a hidden apostrophe option will appear - then just slide your finger up to access it.
You don't have to move the iPad's second keyboard screen to enter a quotation mark either. Simply tap and hold over the ? key and a quotation symbol appears, which you can select by moving your finger upwards.
- Enlarging and reducing the size of the screen
- Saving and Image
- Orientation Lock/Mute
The internet got mightily upset when Orientation Lock was replaced with Mute on the iPad during the last iOS update. Apple listened, and now you can head to Settings > General to choose between Lock Rotation and Mute.
If you're carrying around sensitive data, you can now enable a feature that'll erase all the data on the device if someone inputs the incorrect passcode 10 times. Navigate to Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Erase Data.
- Brightness saves battery
- Bluetooth and wireless keyboard
- Secure and Non-Secure
When you have found one you want click on the price and the App Store will ask for your iTunes account details. The app will then start to download. The iPad will automatically select a spot for the app on one of your homescreens but you can move it if you prefer.
- Moving and Deleting
To move an app press and hold the app icon until all of the apps on the screen between to wiggle. You can then drag the app to a new position. If you want to drag it to another screen then simply drag it off the side of the screen to its new home. Each app - except the pre-installed ones that come with the iPad - will also have an X in the corner of its icon. Tap this to remove the app from your iPad. Apps that you’ve deleted can be re-added at any time by syncing with iTunes or downloaded again from the App Store. If you’ve paid for an app, you do not have to pay again to reinstall it.
- Adding Apps to Dock
Locate an App you want to add to the dock. Tap it and hold down on your screen until all the App icons start to ‘wiggle’. In this example I’m going to move the iBooks app to my Dock.
Now just drag the App down to the Dock and while it’s hovering over the Dock, let go of it with your finger.
iOS now supports folders. To create a folder all you need to do is tap and hold on an app until they all start to jiggle, then drag the app over another icon and release. Your iPad will create a folder with both the apps in. The folder will be named according to the category of the apps it contains, but you can rename it as you like.
- Multitasking (shutting down apps to save battery)
Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in a bar along the bottom of the screen. To switch to a running app just tap on it here in this bar. Just swipe the screen downwards to remove this bar.
- Updating Apps
Turn on your iPad, then tap on the "App Store" icon.
The number is shown to notify that there that many number of app updates. If there are no updates, no number will be shown.
Now tap on "Updates" at the bottom, and the list of apps having updates will be shown.
Tap on the "Update All" button on the top right to update all the iPad apps in the list. Or tap on the "FREE" button under the required apps to update individually.
- Different views of the calendar
There's no way to swipe to change between days in the Calendar app, but don't forget the navigation bar along the bottom of the screen - this can be used to switch to different days (or weeks/months, depending on the view you've chosen). The current day is always shown in blue, or you can just tap the Today button to return to the current day.
With Calendar open and any view displayed, tap the Add button to add an event.
Enter a title for the event and, if you wish, a location.
Tap the Starts/Ends field
The Start & End dialog is displayed.
Place your finger on the date, hour, minute, or AM/PM column and flick your finger to scroll up or down. When each item is set correctly, tap Done.
If you want to add notes, use your finger to scroll down in the Add Event dialog and tap in the Notes field. Type your note and then tap the Done button to save the event.
- Edit events
Click on the event.
Click the edit button.
Make your changes and then save.
- Invite people to events
Tap the Calendar app
Tap the + button at the top right
Enter a title and the other information you’d typically add for a meeting or event
Scroll down and tap Invitees
Either start typing an email address (it will autocomplete for you) or tap the + button to the right to open you Contacts list
When you’ve added all the invitees, tap Done
Tap Done on the Add Event page to finish
- Different calendars
Want to add your Google Calendar to the iPad's Calendar app? No problem. In Settings open Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Add an account and tap on Other. Tap on Add CalDAV Account and enter your Google Account credentials (the Server is www.google.com). Exit the Settings app and tap on the Calendar app and all your events should appear. By default all calendars are displayed, but you can tap on the Calendars button to choose which ones are shown.
- Turning on and off the alert
Go to Settings, Notifications, and configure which alerts (and accompanying sounds) will appear.
- Change signature to replace "Sent from my iPad"
- Sending email
- Deleting bulk email
Tap Mail app
Selecting your Inbox to view the list of emails.
Click the "Edit" button at top right.
Click the "-" button next to each email.
A Delete button will show up to the right of the messages.
Cameras and Video
- Changing between picture/video
- Zooming in
In the Camera app, tap on your subject to both focus on and meter the light properly. In this shot, notice how the chair is dark and the boy outside is properly metered. You can reverse that by simply tapping on the chair.
- Taking Pictures/Photo Booth
Sure, you're great, but Photo Booth is even more fun if you point it at friends or family. Simply tap the 'twirly camera' icon in the bottom right. to use the camera on the back You can also snap stills by hitting the shutter button, but Photo Booth doesn't do video.
- Editing Pictures
Go to image
Click Edit... you can rotate, enhance, red-eye, and crop.
- Saving Pictures
Hold your finger over any image.
Click save image.
Image will be saved in the camera roll.
- Emailing Pictures
Go to the image
Click the email button
Complete the email information and send.
- Flipping the camera shot
- Face Time
Once you've started a video call, you can move the picture-in-picture window that shows you by simply dragging it around with your finger.
- Opening new windows
You can open links in a new Safari window, rather than always opening them in the current one. Just tap and hold on the link and a pop-over menu appears giving you the option to open the link in a new page.
- Search on a page
You can search for a particular word on an open page in Safari. Type your word into the Google search box. You'll see a list of suggestions appear, and near the bottom you'll see "On This Page", showing how many times that word appears on the page. Tap the Find option to go to the first instance of the word.
- Adding the page to the home screen and Adding to the reading list
From the URL page, click on the icon.
Click which option you would prefer.
Tips and Tricks
- Displaying pdfs in iBooks
There are two ways to display PDFs on your iPad: you can either email them to your iPad, in which case you get an Open in iBooks button appear, or you can sync PDFs from your Mac or PC via the Books tab in iTunes.
To do this just drag and drop the PDF into iTunes, then when you sync your iPad click on the Books tab and select the PDFs you'd like to sync. In iBooks you click on PDFs in your library to see the PDFs you have ready to display.
- Tap on the time bar to go back to the top of a webpage
You can jump up to the top of any web site - indeed any list - by tapping on the top of the title window. It's much faster than scrolling by hand.
- Click space bar twice to get a period when typing a text or email
Another great keyboard tip for typing in apps such as Pages, Notes or Mail is to doubletap the space bar at the end of a sentence. This adds a full stop and a space for you.
- What is it?
- Photo Stream
- Find my iPad
- Doesn't occur unless in WiFi
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