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iPad Tips and Tricks

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Most navigation on the iPad is done with simple touch gestures, such as touching an icon to launch the application or swiping your finger left or right across the screen to move from one screen of icons to the next. These same gestures can do different things based on the application your are in, and usually, they have their roots in common sense.

For example, while swiping your finger across the screen will move you from one screen full of application icons when you are at the iPad's home screen, the same gesture will move you from one page of a book to the next while in the iBooks application.

In addition to tapping the screen and moving your finger across the screen, you will occasionally need to touch the screen and hold your finger down. For example, when you touch your finger against an application icon and keep your finger held down, you will enter a mode that allows you to move the icon to a different part of the screen.

Home Button

Apple's design is to have as few buttons on the exterior of the iPad as possible, and one of the few buttons on the outside is the Home Button. This is the circular button at the bottom of the iPad with square in the middle.

The Home Button is used to wake the iPad when it is sleeping. It is also used to exit out of applications, and if you have put the iPad into a special mode (such as the mode that allows you to move application icons), the home button is used to exit that mode.

You can think of the Home Button as the "Go Home" button. Whether your iPad is sleeping or you are inside of an application, it will take you to the home screen.

Moving Apps from Screen to Screen

You can move an iPad app by placing your finger on the app's icon and holding it down until all of the icons on the screen start jiggling. (Some icons will also show a black circle with an x in the middle.)

We'll call this the "move state". While your iPad is in the move state, you can move icons by holding your finger down on top of them and simply moving your finger. The icon will move with your finger so long as you keep your finger on the screen.

To move the iPad app to another screen, hold your finger down on the icon to initiate the move, and then slide your finger to the edge of the screen. You will want to stop at the spot on the screen where the display gives way to the black edge of the iPad. (If you move your finger onto that black edge, the iPad will not recognize where your finger is placed.)

If you move the app's icon to the left side of the display, the iPad will shift to the screen to the left. If you move the icon to the right side of the display, it will shift to the screen to the right.

To place the app's icon, simply lift up your finger.

When you are finished moving iPad apps, you can leave the "move state" by clicking the home button. Remember, this button is one of the few physical buttons on the iPad and is used to let you exit from what you are doing on the iPad.

Creating App Folders for Organization of Apps

You can also create a folder of icons on the iPad screen. To do this, enter the "move state" by touching an iPad app and holding your finger down on it until the app icons are jiggling.

You can create a folder by 'dropping' an app on top of another app. Notice that when you move an application's icon on top of another app, that app is highlighted by a square. This indicates that you can create a folder by lifting your finger, thereby dropping the icon on it. And you can put other icons in the folder by dragging them to the folder and dropping them on it.

When you create a folder, you will see a title bar with the name of the folder on it and all of the contents below it. If you want to rename the folder, simply touch the title area and type in a new name using the on-screen keyboard. (The iPad will try to give the folder a smart name based on the functionality of the apps you have combined.)

In the future, you can just tap the folder icon to get access to those apps. When you are in the folder and want to exit out of it, simply press the iPad Home Button.

Source: http://ipad.about.com/od/iPad_Guide/ss/iPad-101-New-Users-Guide-Install-Move-Delete-Folders.htm  iPad Training 101: A New User's Guide to the iPad By Daniel Nations

Using the Virtual Keyboard

Published on Jul 8, 2012

Part 5 of the series: Getting to know your iPad. This video takes a look at how to use the virtual keyboard - predictive typing, cut, copy, select, paste, changing keyboard settings, and the clipboard.
Getting to know the iPad playlist: http://bit.ly/17vgW4q

How to Reboot Your iPad

The number one troubleshooting tip for any device is to shut it down and restart it. The iPad is no different. If you are experiencing issues with the iPad, whether it is an unresponsive iPad, apps randomly crashing, or the iPad simply running too slow, it might be time to reboot the iPad.

When you reset the iPad by shutting it down and powering it back on, you flush all apps from memory, even those that have misbehaved. This is a safe process that will keep all of your data on the iPad. In essence, rebooting the iPad gives it a clean slate and plenty of elbow room, which clears up any problems caused by an app running amok.

  1. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button for several seconds. (This is the button shown in the diagram above.)
  2. The iPad will prompt you to slide a button to power off the iPad. Follow the directions on the screen by sliding the button from the left side to the right to reboot the iPad.  
  3. If the iPad is frozen or stuck, hold down both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button. This will force the iPad to power down.
  4. The iPad screen will display the circle of dashes which indicates it is busy. Once the iPad has finished shutting down completely, the screen will go completely black.
  5. Once the iPad's screen is completely black, hold down the Sleep/Wake button for several seconds. This will allow you to restart the iPad.
  6. When the Apple logo appears in the middle of the screen, you can release the Sleep/Wake button. The iPad will restart shortly after the logo appears.
Source: http://ipad.about.com/od/iPad_Guide/ss/How-To-Reboot-Your-iPad-Power-Off.htm

Connect Your iPad to a Wifi Connection

Click on Settings.

Click on Wifi in the left column.

Click on the name of the Wifi connection you want to connect to.

If the connection requires it, enter in the passcode/password.

If you see the Wifi symbol in the top left corner of the iPad screen, then you have a successful Wifi connection.

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Connect-Your-iPad-2-to-the-Internet

How to Take a Screen Capture of What's on Your iPad Screen

Hold down the Home button and the Power button at the same time and hold them only for a couple seconds.  If you have your volume up, you should hear a shutter sound similar to taking a picture on a camera, and you should also see the iPad screen blink.  Your screen captures are saved in your Photos app.

How to Force-Close an App
  1. Double-click the Home button.
  2. Swipe left or right until you have located the app you wish to close.
  3. Swipe the app's preview up to close it.
  4. Note: If you close an app that has been configured to receive background notifications, it won't receive them until it has been reopened.

Source: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5137

To view a demonstration of force-closing an app, see Cnet's video:  http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57602601-285/how-to-force-close-apps-on-ios-7/

How to Turn Off Background App Refresh in iOS7

Should you find your battery life isn't as good as you'd hoped, or you'd simply prefer apps to not run in the background at all, you can disable what Apple calls Background App Refresh on an app-by-app basis, or completely with just a few taps.  To get started, go into Settings - General - Background App Refresh.

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Here you'll find a switch to disable background apps altogether, along with a list of all apps that have background app refresh support built into them.  You'll still see a location indicator next to the switch if the app requests location data while in the background.  The top switch will turn off background refreshing across the board, or you can selectively disable apps below.  Reversing a decision is just as simple - revisit this page and turn background refreshing back on.

Source:  http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57602651-285/how-to-turn-off-background-app-refresh-in-ios-7/

Getting to Know the Control Center in iOS7

With iOS 7 the process to control things such as Wi-Fi, orientation lock, music, brightness, airplane mode, and Do Not Disturb has been streamlined into a convenient panel. Selecting any of the respective buttons for a service at the top of the panel, such as Bluetooth, will toggle the status of said service.

(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET)

In addition to quick access to the controls mentioned above, you'll also find the ability to access AirDrop settings, AirPlay, a flashlight toggle, as well as a shortcut to the clock, calculator, and camera apps.

The default settings for Control Center allow you to access it by swiping up from the bottom of the screen at any time while using your iOS device. This means you can bring up the control panel so long as your screen is on, regardless of whether the device is locked or if you're using an app.

As you can probably guess, using a gesture from the bottom of the screen to pull up the panel is going to interfere with some apps, especially games. With that in mind, Apple added the ability to disable access to Control Center when the user is in an app, or from the lock screen.

To alter how and when you can access Control Center, launch the iOS Settings app and select Control Center from the list.

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Currently there are only two options available for you to customize. You can disable access to Control Center on the lock screen, and disable the ability to access it while in an app.
Source: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57602521-285/getting-to-know-control-center-on-ios-7/

The Notification Center in iOS7

The counterpart to iOS 7's pull-up menu is Notification Center, the platform's pull-down menu. Notification Center has seen a significant visual redesign to bring it into alignment with Apple's iOS 7 aesthetic, but its functionality is largely the same: it serves as a central repository for system and app notifications.

Notification Center categorizes updates by Today, All, Reminders, and Missed, self-explanatory groupings that make it easy to find what one wants to find.

A user navigates between the options by swiping left or right. Dismissing notifications is as easy as tapping on the 'x' button displayed next to each notification.

Users have more control over Notification Center's functionality than they do with Control Center. The Notification Center settings menu not only toggles access from the lock screen, but it toggles what Notifications will display for the user.

Users can control whether Notification Center will display any or all of the Today, Calendar Day, Reminders, and Tomorrow summaries. They can also choose how those notifications are sorted, either manually or chronologically.

Below those settings, users can control with specificity, which apps can display notifications and what kind of notifications they can display.

In an individual app, a user can determine whether an app's notification will display as a banner, as an alert, or not at all. They can also tweak the badge app icon setting, potentially doing away with irksome red number badges on apps they don't typically interact with. Also alterable are the sound settings for an app's notifications, whether the app's alerts will appear in Notification Center, and whether notifications will show on the lock screen.

To learn more about customizing the Notification Center, see iPad_more_indepth

Note on accessibility

Apple has also changed the interface actions for Notification and Control Center if a user has enabled VoiceOver in the accessibility menu. With VoiceOver enabled, the device will not simply bring up Notification or Control Center with a simple swipe up or down from the bottom or top of the screen.

Instead, a user with VoiceOver enabled should hold a finger at the center of the top or bottom of the screen. The device will then play a sound similar to the pass-through gesture sound. At that point, the user can pull straight up or down to bring up the Notification or Control Center. In order for this feature to work, a finger should be roughly half-on and half-off the screen.

This is a change from iOS 6, when users were required to utilize a three-finger swipe to bring down the Notification Center from the top of the screen (Control Center is new to iOS 7). Some who rely on VoiceOver complained that the three-finger swipe was too difficult to accomplish when using the device with one hand, and so the new touch-and-hold method allows for users to access both Control Center and Notification Center without accidentally invoking the menus.

Source: http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/09/26/ios-7-feature-focus-getting-a-hold-on-ios-7s-control-notification-centers

Spotlight, aka, Search Feature in iOS7

Spotlight is a universal search box on iOS devices that makes it possible to quickly search for and find an app, contact, or e-mail directly from the home screen.
In previous versions of iOS, users would swipe to the left of the main home screen to access the search box. In iOS 7, as you may have already discovered, Spotlight is no longer located in the same spot.

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Now, instead of swiping to the left of the main home screen, you can swipe down on any home screen to pull down the search field.

This is the same way users have previously found the search field in the Messages and Mail apps.

As for customizing what's searched and the order of results for Spotlight, that part has remained unchanged. Users can still access these settings by going to Settings > General > Spotlight Search.

Source: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57602665-285/where-did-spotlight-go-in-ios-7/

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