Learning about any new kind of technology can seem overwhelming, especially for people who are not computer capable. This article is a great way to get started with using an iPad, no matter what level of user you are. Even the most experienced users can find some great tips here.
Unfortunately, the iPad does not have a free satellite navigation feature. However, the map’s direction features works great for driving, walking, and even bus directions. To use it, simply tap on “Directions”, found on the top left corner of the maps app, and you will be given a step-by-step guide to your destination.
Do you want your emails to stop saying at the end that they were sent from your iPad? That is actually an email signature, and you can change it to anything you want. Go to your Mail section under your Settings. Then select Calendars under Contacts and use the Signature setting.
The iPad’s second keyboard is full of special characters, but it can be tiresome attempting to engage this new window over and over again. Holding the “?” key and quotations will pop up in their place. This is a quick save that prevents wasted time and unneeded button presses. If you are quoting a reference or part of speech, this will become a handy hotkey.
The iPad can work great for consolidating existing processes. For instance, you can add your Google Calendar to your iPad. All you have to do is go to your settings tab, then go to mail, then contacts and finally calendars. You’re going to tap add an account, and then click on other to start setting it up.
If you use more than one Apple device as well as the Apple Cloud, then you can go back and forth between your devices. All of them will be synced together on the cloud, which is perfect for people who need to change documents on different devices throughout the day.
Do you want your iPad to help you avoid traffic jams? You can do this with your Maps app. There is a page icon on the bottom right of the screen. Touch that and select Traffic. This will cause the iPad to download traffic data from the Internet. Now you will see green (normal), yellow (slow) and red (stop-and-go) notations on the map.
Have you ever wondered how many apps are running on your iPad all at once? This is valuable information to keep your iPad running efficiently. All you have to do is to double tap the home button, and a list will appear. Tapping on each one can pull the app up, and swiping downward can remove the list.
If you are worried that a four digit passcode is not enough to keep your iPad secure, you can opt for a longer one. You can go into your settings and change it so that you can use as many characters as you would like. This is useful if you know there is a chance someone you know will guess any four digit code you choose.
The iPad is a great device, but you don’t need to upgrade every time Apple releases a new one. While they do have some nice changes between generations, you can generally skip a generation or two without losing out on too much. Save yourself stress and money by buying one generation behind.
Filling out long forms using the iPad’s touch-sensitive keyboard is time-consuming and frustrating. Access the settings for the Safari browser, then select the AutoFill feature. Whenever you need to fill out a form while browsing with Safari, you can have your information plugged in automatically. This makes signing up and providing basic information much more convenient.
Did you know that you can create folders on your iPad? Just tap any app and hold it until it starts to begin jiggling. When it does, drag the app over top of any other icon and let it go. The iPad will then make a folder for you with both of the apps involved inside.
Multitasking gestures allow you to move quickly from app to app, pinch down to go to the home screen and open the multitasking bar. To turn this feature on, go to Settings, General and then turn on Multitasking Gestures. Be warned, though, that they don’t work in all apps available.
Safari is the perfect browser for mobile-devices, but navigating those small screens has given many people a hard time. Safari has fixed this issue by allowing iPad owners to quickly jump to the top or bottom of any particular website. Jumping across the screen can save hours throughout the year spent scrolling up and down for long periods of time.
Performing multiple app updates at the same time can slow down your iPad and make it difficult to get anything done. You can alleviate this by pausing apps and forcing them to update one at a time instead of all at once. Tap the icon of the app that is updating to pause it. When one is finished, you can allow another one to finish updating.
A quicker way to access websites is using the “.com” key. When browsing in Safari, you can save time typing website addresses by just tapping on this key. You can also have other options by holding down on this key. When you tap and hold down, you will have a menu that will give other options to the “.com” address.
When taking pictures, you should use the orientation lock button so the shutter button remains near your thumb instead of shifting to the bottom of your screen. You will then be able to take pictures without shaking when you hold the iPad by its sides. Use an image editor app to rotate your pictures afterward if you need to.
As was stated before, iPads can be used by anyone once they are armed with the proper information. Don’t let your iPad overwhelm you; rather, stay informed with articles like this one and others. Apply these tips to your use and you will start to be a great iPad user.
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