iPad Tips

Customizing Your Dock:

The iPad is set up with four apps on the dock that appears at the bottom of all Home screens. Take advantage of the extra screen size and add up to two more. Tap and hold an app you want to add until all of the apps begin jiggling. Then drag the app to the Dock. Press the Home button when you're done.



Quickly mute your iPad by pressing and holding the volume down button. After two steps down the slider, the volume jumps to off. A good tip to quickly quite that video you launched in the middle of a meeting!

Jumping Back to the Top:

Tap the status bar at the top of the screen to jump back to the top of the page or window you're viewing.

Locking the Screen Orientation:

Move the switch above the volume controls to the orange position to lock screen rotation. The iPad is quite sensitive to movement, and rotates its screen even with very little changes. This is very helpful when putting the iPad on a flat surface as orientation often shifts and many times is not as you want.


No, you can't use your iPad as a spotlight, but you can use the spotlight feature on your iPad to search for content located on your iPad. The search will return all results including documents, email, and apps with the query you type. This can be handy for finding content and launching apps. Instead of searching through numerous pages filled with apps, quickly find an app by using the spotlight function and the app name.

Keyboard Shortcuts:

There are dozens of shortcuts on the keyboard, for example, hold down the & key to get the section symbol. Holding the letter z for accented options. $ can get additional currency symbols. S gets other choices. The complete options are too numerous to list. Go through all the letters and symbols, it's mind blowing how many options are available. However, not everything has an alternative, k is just a k. How about an apostrophe? Swipe upwards on the comma key to get a quick shortcut to the comma.


IBooks doesn't let you change the background color to black and text to white like you can on the Kindle. But here is a workaround. Go to Settings >General >Accessibility >Triple Click Home. Set this to "Toggle white on black."  Now, when you click the home button three times quickly, all the color values of whatever app you're in will be reversed. This lets you read iBooks in white on black.

Creating and Naming Folders:

The new iOS  (4.2 or higher) now allows us to create folders of applications. It is pretty easy to create a folder, simply drag one application onto another and a folder is automatically created. By default, the folder name is the category of the initial application. To change the name of a folder, simply click in the text box when you are creating folders, delete the text and type your own. Once a folder has been created, you can also edit the name of the folder. Open the folder, click and hold on one of the applications within the folder until it enters "jiggle" mode. In jiggle mode, the text box appears. Simply edit the text within the text box.

Running Multiple Applications:

With the update (4.2 or higher) Apple now allows multiple applications to run at the same time, sort of. The application continues to run in the background which allows the user to go back to an application and continue from the previous point. To utilize this feature, the user must double click on the Home button. This opens a window below the dock that lists all the applications that are currently running on the system. You can also use this feature to control the iPod portion of your iPad. A control panel is docked that allows easy volume control as well as track control. A lock screen button can also be found here.


To close the running applications, click and hold an application until it enters "jiggle" mode, then simply remove the application from the list which also shuts down the application. A handy battery saving tip!

Taking Screen Shots of Your iPad:

Many of you have emailed asking how I get images of my iPad onto this page. I forgot to share that with you. If you simply hold down on the power button and the Home button simultaneously, and let go of both buttons at the same time, this captures a screen shot of the current screen. By default, the picture will automatically be sent to your photos library.