Top Ten Tricks and Tips for the iPad

Sept. 6, 2012

Whether you’re getting to know your new iPad or you are a long-time user, here are ten tricks and tips essential to getting the most out of your device:

Caught off guard and need to silence all sounds quickly? Instead of fumbling through your settings, just hold down your volume button for two seconds and voila, your iPad’s speakers will be muted.

Quick Mute


While you might be used to grabbing screenshots on your iPhone, don’t forget it’s just as simple on your iPad. Of course, you’ll be rewarded with a much larger and handier 768×1024 resolution photo. Just push down the power button on top of the iPad at the same time as the home button for half a second. All screenshots will be saved to your photo library.

Running Apps

A very simple, but often missed trick is to quickly view your iPad’s running applications. To do this, double tap your home button and all open applications will appear along the bottom of your screen. This is especially important if you find your iPad lagging or battery draining faster than normal. Press and hold down these icons until a red button appears, then scroll through, clicking the button to close desired programs. This feature can also be used on new iPhones and the iTouch.

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Screen Rotation Lock

Feel like lounging around with your iPad but are tired of your screen constantly rotating to accommodate your position? You can easily tell your screen to stay put in either landscape or portrait position by going to your general settings and selecting “Lock Rotation.” This enables you to switch the button on the side of your iPad to keep your screen in its current rotation.

Digital Photo Frame

The default Photos app allows you to easily turn your photo collection into a slideshow; complete with the capacity to add music and transition effects. Even nicer, is the ability to start the slideshow without unlocking your device. After pressing the home button to wake it up, just tap the ‘Picture Frame’ icon next to the unlock button and your iPad will instantly become a digital photo frame. The app Settings will let you control the speed of the slideshow, as well as zoom and shuffle options.

Enable Restrictions

If other people are going to be using your iPad and you’d like to restrict what applications they can use, just select Settings > General > Restrictions. You’ll then be able to put in a passcode and control which content other users will be able to access.

Default Search Engine

Your iPad will come with Google set as its default search engine but should you wish to change it, go to ‘Safari’ under your settings menu. By selecting Search Engine you’ll be able to switch to either Yahoo or Bing.

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Punctuation Shortcuts

While using the keyboard, quickly swipe up on the comma button to insert an apostrophe and up on the full stop button to insert a quotation mark. You can also hold down any letter key to bring up accented versions of that letter. Pressing the space bar twice will automatically insert a full stop followed by a space, allowing for a faster and easier start on your next sentence.

Undo and Redo by Shaking

If you accidentally cut out some text, while using such apps as Mail or Notes, it’s possible to undo your last action by tapping the Undo key on the Number keyboard. Likewise, you can redo something by switching to the Symbol keyboard and tapping the Redo key.

A quicker (and fun!) alternative is to hold your iPad with both hands and give it a quick shake, sliding the Undo button out for you to select. To redo something, simply shake your iPad again and the Redo button will appear.

Multitasking Gestures

Navigating between screens and applications on your iPad can be made much easier by turning on Multitasking Gestures. You can find this option by scrolling down through your General Settings. Once activated, you’ll be able to see the functions now available to you — most useful is the four finger sweep left and right to flip through running applications.

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Expand the App Capacity of the Dock by Adding Folders on iPhone & iPad


If you have more favorite apps than what fit in the iOS Dock by default (4 on iPhone, and 6 on iPad), do yourself a favor and place a folder of more frequently used apps into the Dock.

All you need to do is drag any folder to the Dock. Either rename an existing one or create a new folder by tapping and holding an app to drop atop another. Once in the Dock it will expand out in a similar way to how folders behave in the OS X Dock when viewed by the Grid setting:

This is more of a usability tip than much else, especially for anyone who wishes the iPhone or iPad Dock held more icons, or for anyone easily lost in a sea of app pages. For example, if you frequently use more than one iOS web browser, try adding a folder dedicated to all browsers instead of cluttering the Dock with all of them.

Folders have been around in iOS since version 4.0. If you ever create a bunch of folders and get tired of having all your apps in them, the easiest way to dump all apps back to the homescreen is by resetting the home screen layout.

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8 Typing Tips for iPad and iPhone That Everyone Should Know and Use

-Dr I found these to be very helpful. 

osxdaily.comJun 28th 2012

Learning to type well on the touchscreen keyboards of an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch can take some time. To speed that process up, here are a handful of great tips to make typing on iOS virtual keys much easier and faster. Some of these you’ll probably know and some you probably won’t, but all are very worthwhile to learn and master:

1. Access Special Characters

Tapping and holding on many normal letters will reveal their special character versions instead.

2. Create Typing Shortcuts for Frequently Used Phrases

iOS lets you set shortcuts to automatically expand to larger blocks of text or words. If you frequently type things like “on my way” or “I’m sorry I forgot your birthday can I come home now”, you can set a shortcut like ‘omw’ or ‘srybday’ and it’ll expand to the full phrase. Here is how to create and set shortcuts:

  • Open Settings and tap “General” followed by “Keyboard”
  • Tap “Add New Shortcut” and enter the full phrase and then the shortcut, followed by “Save”

3. Type Clumsy and Rely on Software

Unlike a traditional keyboard, the iOS virtual keyboards are very forgiving. Between auto-correct and the hidden keys, you can get away with being quite clumsy with your typing and the words will usually still end up accurate and spelled correctly thanks to the intelligent software. Those who are the quickest at typing on virtual keyboards use this in their favor, and it works.

4. Tap, Hold, and Drag

This is a sequence that makes typing in iOS so much easier that it should be required learning for all iPhone and iPad users. It goes like this; instead of tapping in a sequence, tap once and hold, drag to the character, then release. Here’s an example for when you want to type a special character or a number:

  • Tap and hold on the “.?123″ button, continue to hold on the new screen and drag over to the character you wish to type, release when you are hovered over that character to type it

5. Quick Apostrophes with Tap and Hold

Similar to the previous tip, you can access two hidden apostrophes on iPad keyboards by tapping and holding on the ! and ? keys, the ,! key reveals a single apostrophe ‘ and the .? key reveals the double apostrophe ”

6. Double-Tap Spacebar to Insert a Period

Instead of manually tapping the period key, just hit spacebar twice at the end of a sentence. Everyone knows this already, right? If not, get used to it, it makes a big difference typing on the virtual keys.

7. Caps Lock

Double-tap the shift key to enable CAPS LOCK. Prior to iOS 5, this needed to be enabled separately.

8. Split the iPad Keyboard

Arguably the single best tip for typing on the iPad keyboard while holding the device with two hands, just tap and hold on the keyboard icon in the lower right and drag up to split the keys. Do the same but drag down to join the keyboard again. We have covered this before and will remind everyone again, it’s that good.

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iPad Sites for Educators

The iPad and other gesture-based tablets have captured the minds and fingers of many in education. Whether it’s in pre-K or senior classes, these intuitive devices are making changes to how teaching and learning occurs in the classroom.

The combination of ease of use, cost-effective applications, simple navigation, and user-friendliness, plus a generally lower entry price compared to a full laptop (rather than a netbook), make these the tools of choice for many schools. It’s worth noting that for many people there is also a convenience and aesthetic factor, as well.

As schools grasp with these devices, it’s great to see people sharing their teaching practice. Here are some sites that I have recently stumbled across that are useful.

1. TCEA – A useful list of applications broken down into curriculum areas.

2. Apps in Education – This site is broken down again into learning areas and has detailed lists of suitable applications.

3. iPad Curriculum – This is a regularly updated blog on the use of iPads featuring a single app per post.

4. iPad Schools – This is a wiki on the use of iPads—again, detailing apps by learning areas.

5. iPad Multimedia Tools – This Google site is focused on the multimedia aspects of iPad use. It looks at the iPad’s apps by use rather than by learning area.

6. iPad as… This is an excellent post examining the use of the tool rather than the curriculum area.

7. Bridging the Gap – This is a site bridging the gap between applications and disabilities. They have reviewed a number of apps for suitability for special needs students—a very useful site.

Harry Dickens and I wrote the Apps for Learning book with scenarios from different subject areas to examine how the tools could be used from a variety of perspectives.

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Ten Tips and Tricks Every iPhone and iPad User Should Know

by Katherine Boehret, August 21st 2012 7:30 AM

It’s with you every moment of every day. It reminds you of little things that you sometimes forget, like calling friends on their birthdays and picking up the dry cleaning. It sleeps by your side, resting when you rest and working when you work. It even talks back once in a while. But how well do you really know your iPhone?

After months of watching friends and family use their iPhones and iPads, I realized most of them were missing out on a lot of features. I’ll walk you through 10 things you might not know your iPhone and iPad can do. Aficionados may know most of these, but typical users likely won’t.

1. Directly Access Apps

If you’re like most people, you have your iPhone set to show some pop-up notifications. They might show up on the home screen when you get a Facebook notification, or a text message, for instance, and even when the phone is locked and the screen is asleep. To open these messages, you don’t have to first swipe to unlock your phone and then open the app. As long as your device isn’t protected by a four-digit security code, swipe from left to right on the notification to open the app in which the message appeared. If you do use a code, you’ll be prompted to enter it after swiping the notification.

2. Tap to Scroll Up

Give your pointer finger a rest from scrolling up, up, up to get back to the top of a page. Tap once on the status bar—where the time and battery life are displayed—at the top edge of the iPhone or iPad screen and you’ll jump up to the top. This works for websites, email, Contacts and many other apps.

3. Keyboard Shortcuts

Tapping on a glass keyboard has its downsides, but a few shortcuts could ease the experience. Tap and hold the “Compose new message” button in Mail to automatically bring up all your saved email drafts. And rather than switching to the number keyboard and then switching back to the letter keyboard, tap and hold the “123” key, then drag it to a number to select it. When you lift your finger from the number, the letter keyboard will appear again.

When entering an email address, hold down the period key to see other address endings. Add emoticons to your keyboard by choosing: Settings, General, Keyboard, International Keyboards, Add New Keyboard, Emoji. When entering a Web address in the browser, hold down the .com key to see alternate URL endings, like .org and .edu.

You can split the iPad’s on-screen keyboard in two so you can grasp the iPad with two hands and type with your thumbs. This is on by default, though you might not know it. (To check, go to Settings, General, Keyboard and Split Keyboard.) To see the split keyboard anytime you’re using the regular keyboard, spread your two thumbs from the center of the keyboard out. Or just tap and hold the keyboard icon (bottom right corner) and select Split. An Undock option also appears and this lets you move the keyboard up or down.

4. Speed from App to App

The iPhone and iPad have many apps running in the background. There are shortcuts for jumping around apps without going to the home screen. Double tap the Home button (a physical button below the screen) to see a pop-up tray of apps and swipe to the left to scroll through them. Select one to jump to it. On the iPad, do this is by placing four fingers on the screen and swiping all of them up at once. This and other multitask gestures are on by default on the iPad 2 and newest iPad. But you have to turn them on with the first-generation iPad by going to Settings, General, Multitask Gestures.

5. Take Screenshots

Ever see something on your iPhone or iPad screen and wish you could save that image, but can’t figure out how? Press the Home button and the On/Off button (top right edge) simultaneously to take a screenshot of whatever you see on the device. You’ll hear the same sound as when you take a picture with the Camera app. You can find all of your screenshots stored in Camera Roll, along with your photos, and share them via email or social networks as you do regular photos.

Splitting the iPad’s on-screen keyboard in two lets you grasp the iPad with two hands and type with your thumbs. This is on by default—though you may not know it.

6. Swipe to Search

Another way to quickly find apps on an iPhone or iPad is to swipe left-to-right from the home screen. This reveals a search box in which you can type the name of any app to jump right to it. This search also finds contacts, emails, calendar items and texts, as well as other things.

7. Read Websites More Easily

Stop struggling to read overcrowded Web pages on the iPhone’s small screen. Instead, tap the Reader button, found in the URL bar at the top of a Web page, and you’ll see a much clearer, predominantly text version of the page. Even better: This view hides advertisements. It doesn’t work with all websites. This also works on the iPad.

8. A Smarter Camera (iPhone)

If you’ve ever wished your iPhone camera had a physical shutter button, look no further. The phone’s volume up (+) button doubles as a shutter button whenever the Camera app is opened. This hard button feels sturdier all around, plus it makes it a cinch to take self-portraits or to tell strangers how to take a photo of you and your friends.

And speaking of handing your phone to strangers, don’t forget about the lock-screen shortcut for opening the Camera: Slide up the camera icon (found at the bottom right of the home screen) to open Camera without unlocking the phone. You can do this with anyone’s phone, regardless of whether or not you know their password because it only opens the Camera app, locking you out of all other apps—and other photos and videos—on the phone. Just the photos or videos you take at that moment will be visible to you.

9. Digital Picture Frame (iPad)

Put your iPad to work as a digital picture frame for a photo slide show. Tap the Picture Frame icon, which appears to the right of the slide-to-unlock bar on the lock screen.

If you own an iPad case, flip it into its stand-up position, place the iPad on a table, press the Picture Frame icon and walk away. Guests in your home will have to unlock the iPad to access other apps.

Photos can be pulled from all photos or specific albums, events or images of certain faces. Make these and other slide-show adjustments in Settings, Picture Frame.

10. Mute or Screen Lock (iPad)

The same button on the right edge of your iPad that locks the screen in portrait or landscape mode can double as a mute button. This comes in handy if you find yourself frequently muting the iPad. Change this button’s default lock function by going into Settings, General, Use side switch to: Lock Rotation or Mute. By default, this button is on Lock Rotation. Another quick way to mute is by pulling up the multitask bar by double tapping Home (or using a four-finger swipe up), then swiping left-to-right to see a mute, as well as sliders for volume and screen brightness.

You can find more tips at

Write to Katherine Boehret at

A version of this article appeared August 22, 2012, on page D1 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Ten Tips and Tricks Every iPhone and iPad User Should Know.

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Hickory Flat iPad Rollout for Teachers Big Success


HF Teachers,
I think we had a great time with our iPad rollout yesterday. Carol and Cheryl did a great job keeping us on point. They are working behind the scenes to get the remaining iPads to work.
We have attached a couple things that you should save to your new iPad right away. Here is your iPad homework for today. We may have a pop quiz Friday so be ready.

1.       This is the selected hyperlink that takes you to the CCSD iPad site.

Click the above link while on your iPad (in your school email).

It will take you to the site and on the top bar look for the box with an arrow coming out of it, press it and it gives you the option to Add Bookmark, touch that (See the attachment above Add book mark if you are a visual learner). You should have the ipad CCSD site as a saved book mark.

2.       Tap on the attached picture that I have included in this email (again tap on this picture on your iPad not your PC ☺). Hold your finger on top of the picture lightly. It will give you options to save to your iPad Photo Album or send it to others (email). Select save image. Then look at your Photo Album to see if the HF Staff picture is saved in your photo album.

3.       Don’t worry the learning curve is a lot of fun. Just laugh when you reach up and swipe or touch your PC screen instead of your iPad. One thing we didn’t really mention is charging. The charger that was included in your packaging was to be used for your iPad2. Your phone charger or generic chargers may or may not fully charge your iPad. We will have many things to share with each other over the next few months, enjoy the ride.

Hickory Flat Thunderbirds…Watch Us Soar!

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