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7 iPad Tips and Tricks

Written by Lisa 29 August 2011 No Comment

Looking to get the most out of your iPad? Who isn't?! As if searching for the latest, greatest, free-est apps isn't enough...it's just as important to learn tips and tricks to using your new "toy" more efficiently. I've had my iPad for about a month now - and some days I wonder how I ever lived without it.

Later I'll post about some of my favorite apps (one app has saved me at least an hour a day!) but for now, here are some helpful tips and tricks to using and navigating your iPad.

1. The "Hidden" Apostrophe
If you're in Notes, Pages, or just writing an email, it's often time consuming (and slightly annoying) to locate the apostrophe. Usually, you have to tap the {.?123} button to go to the second screen of the keyboard. But did you know you can just hold the {!} key and a hidden apostrophe option will appear? It's simple to just slide your little finger across it...and voila!

2. Create Folders
Get organized! You can easily create a folder to help organize your apps. Simply tap and hold on any app until it does the "jiggle dance." Then drag that app over another app icon that you wish to share a folder and then release. A folder will be created with those two apps, and you can add additional apps. The folder name will be based on the category of apps it contains, but you can always change it.

3. Control Notifications
"Would you like to receive push notifications from XYZ game?" If you've ever accidently said "yes" to this question then you know how annoying notifications can be! Good news is you can control them. Simply go to Settings, Notifications, and you can set alerts and sounds!

4. Quick Mute
Playing a game as your students walk into the class? Quick! Mute your iPad! I know...this would never happen...teachers don't play games on their iPads between classes (he he). When iPad first launched there was no way to quickly mute the device. Now, however, just press and hold the Volume-Down button.

5. Screen Shots
It's easy to take a screen shot of your iPad. Simply press the Home button and then the Sleep/Wake button. You'll hear the click, your screen will flash, and your new screen shot will be saved in your Photos.

6. Street View in Maps
You may know and love Street View while viewing Google Maps on your computer, but it's not as obvious how to access this on your iPad. The trick is to drop a red pin first then tap on the icon of the person to enter Street View. HINT: When you perform a search, a red pin is automatically dropped in that location.

7. Clear Browsing History
On our computers it's easy to located the "clear history" options in our browsers. We're trained to do it from within the browser itself. On the iPad, however, to clear Safari browser go into Settings then click on Safari. You'll see three options to clear history, cookies, and cache.


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