Tips & Tricks - General
Learn typing using onscreen keyboard and use the editing features - cut, copy, paste, magnifying glass.
- The magnifying glass in the iPad's way of position the cursor at a precise location.
- Press and hold on some typed text until the magnifying glass appears. Keep holding down your finger and then move the magnifying glass around to re-position the cursor in your text.
- To copy or cutcontent, press and hold with one finger until the magnifying glass appears. Then lift your finger off the screen and tap Select. Move the blue lines left and right to select text and then tap Copy or Cut.
- To Paste text, tap where you would like the text to go, then press and hold with one finger until the magnifying glass appears. Then lift your finger off the screen. Tap Paste to paste the text at this position.
Demonstrate the multitasking gestures.
- The iPad is a touch orientated device and there are a variety of multitasking gestures that can be used to control or increase your efficiency with using the iPad. They almost all work using 4 or 5 fingers
- Settings > General > Multitasking Gestures > On
- Return to the Home Screen: Five finger pinch/grab
- Reveal Multitasking Bar: Four finger swipe up on any screen
- Switch Quickly Between Apps: Four Finger swipe to the left or right
- Show Notifications Menu: One finger swipe down from the clock at the top
Customising iPad Sounds and Alerts
- Do you wish that you could turn off the keyboard clicks, the slide to unlock sound, or just change the alert you get for incoming email? Well, you can! All this and more can be changed in your iPad's settings. Check it out!
- Settings > General > Sounds
- You can take a screenshot of ANYTHING that is displayed on your iPad at any time, and save it to your camera roll for use in another app or for emailing.
- Press and hold the power button and the home button for a second
- Wait for the screen to flash white and listen for the camera shutter sound
- Go to the iPad's photo app to find your screenshot
Learn how to clean the iPad.
- Turn the device off, or put it in standby, before cleaning.
- Use a soft lint free cloth, (e.g. microfiber cloth)
- If necessary, you can lightly dampen the cloth with clean water.
- Do not use household cleaners, alcohol based solvents, or window cleaners.
- See Apple's tips by clicking here.
- The more apps you get, the harder it is to keep track of them and find the ones that you want. Here are some tips on how to organise and arrange your apps in a way that makes the most sense to you.
- The apps you use most are best suited to the dock. You can add up to 6 icons to the dock. Apps can be moved on or off the dock at will. Simply press and hold an app to make them all jiggle, and move the apps you want to the dock. Press the Home button to save your selections.
- Once you fill the dock with your top six, your other favorites can go on the first home screen. Again, press and hold an app to make them all jiggle, then drag them to rearrange. You can drag from one screen to the next by pausing on the edge of a screen. Press the Home button to save your selections.
- Make folders by dragging one app onto another and renaming the folder. You can have up to 20 apps in a folder, and folders can also go on the dock.
- The iPad allows up to 11 screens of apps, so use the search function to find the one you want. Simply swipe from left to right until you see the search window appear, then type the name of the app you are looking for
- Apple has its own guide to maximizing your iPad battery life. See that here, but in general:
- Try to fully discharge your battery once a month (or more).
- Avoid very cold or very hot temperatures
- Be aware that things like screen brightness, push notifications, and long auto-lock settings will affect battery life.
- Use the wall charger for quickest charging times
- The latest software updates also work to improve battery life, so get up to date - Settings > General > Software Update