iPad iLearn

Create folders
iOS now supports folders. To create a folder all you need to do is tap and hold on an app until they all start to jiggle, then drag the app over another icon and release. Your iPad will create a folder with both the apps in. The folder will be named according to the category of the apps it contains, but you can rename it as you like.

Access all running apps
Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in a bar along the bottom of the screen. To switch to a running app just tap on it here in this bar. Just swipe the screen downwards to remove this bar.

Orientation Lock or Mute?
The internet got mightily upset when Orientation Lock was replaced with Mute on the iPad during the last iOS update. Apple listened, and now you can head to Settings > General to choose between Lock Rotation and Mute.

Home Sharing
First, turn on Home Sharing in iTunes (Advanced menu) and on your iPad (Settings > iPod and enter your Apple ID). Next, launch the iPod app on your iPad. In the left column, find the little house with "Library" next to it. Tap on that and then on one of the Shared Libraries. It might take a few minutes to update, but then you can watch and listen to all of that Library's media on your iPad.

Quick volume mute
Apple has given you the choice of using the lock switch to mute the sound or lock the iPad's orientation. 


Take an iPad screenshot
You can take a screenshot on your iPad by pressing Home and then the Sleep/Wake button. The screen will flash and you'll hear a click, indicating that a photo has been taken. Your screen shots are saved automatically in your Photos gallery.

Find My iPhone (or iPad) is now free
Apple's Find My iPad works for MobileMe subscribers, but you can set it up for free on your iPad. In Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars tap the Add Account button and select MobileMe.
If you have an iTunes or MobileMe account then enter it here. Alternatively, tap on Create Free Apple ID. You may need to check your inbox and verify your account now. Return to the MobileMe screen and switch on Find My iPad. Now sign into me.com to see your iPad on a map, or install the Find My iPhone app from the App Store.

 Use AirPrint
Thanks to AirPrint you can print right from your iPad, provided you've got a compatible printer. If you've got an AirPrint ready printer then you just choose Print from the Share menu for virtually any open document. AirPrint works with the new range of printers from HP, and you can use a Mac app called Printopia (www.ecamm.com) to print to any printer connected to a Mac.

Share from Pages
 Share menu is easy to email the finished document to wherever you need it to be. Also, you can email it as a Word or PDF document if you like.

Caps lock on
To type a capital letter on the onscreen keyboard you first tap the left or right shift key, then the letter. Save time typing in caps by turning the caps lock on. To do this double tap on either shift key.

Copy and paste
You can quickly copy and paste text by tapping and holding down, and then choosing Select to select the exact portion of text you'd like the copy. Next tap Copy, then go to a different app, and tap and hold down again, then tap Paste from the menu that appears. Top tip: To select an entire paragraph of text you need to tap four times.

 Replace a word
When you hold down on a word to copy it, choose Select, then you will see a new option: Replace. Tap this and, you can see suggestions for alternative words that have similar spellings. It's a good way of quickly correcting typos.

 Hidden apostrophe key on the keyboard
 Notes, Pages or Mail, --Rather than having to go to the second screen of the keyboard every time you want to type an apostrophe , just tap and hold on the ! key and a hidden apostrophe option will appear - then just slide your finger up to access it.

Simply tap and hold over the ? key and a quotation symbol appears, which you can select by moving your finger upwards.

Full stop
Pages, Notes or Mail has a  doubletap the space bar at the end of a sentence. This adds a full stop and a space for you, and set the capital on for the next letter.

Dim your iBooks
You can lower the brightness setting down to a low level using the Brightness option under Settings. But the iBooks app has its own brightness slider, which you can use to lower the level down more conveniently.

Display PDFs
There are two ways to display PDFs on your iPad: you can either email them to your iPad, in which case you get an Open in iBooks button appear, or you can sync PDFs from your Mac or PC via the Books tab in iTunes.
To do this just drag and drop the PDF into iTunes, then when you sync your iPad click on the Books tab and select the PDFs you'd like to sync. In iBooks you click on PDFs in your library to see the PDFs you have ready to display.

Camera focus  In the Camera app, tap on your subject to focus automatically. 

Once you've started a video call, you can move the picture-in-picture window that shows you by simply dragging it around with your finger.

 Photo Booth 
Simply tap the 'twirly camera' icon in the bottom right. to use the camera on the back You can also snap stills by hitting the shutter button. Photo Booth doesn't do video.

Camera Connector

You can't plug an SD card from a digital camera straight into your iPad to view the photos, but you can purchase the iPad Camera Connection kit from Apple. With this device attached you can transfer photos straight from your camera's memory card. Get it from the Apple Store online.

Quick .com
Save time typing web addresses in Safari by using the iPad's ".com" key when typing in a URL. A little-known timesaver is that if you hold down the .com key you get access to a menu that offers a .net and other options too.

Zoom in on websites
You can zoom in on any website by pinching out with two fingers on the screen.  To zoom out again, just pinch in with two fingers. Double-tap on any text or image to auto-zoom so it fills the screen.

Turn on Bookmarks bar in Safari
We all know you can tap the bookmarks icon in the Safari toolbar to access your bookmarks, but you can significantly cut down the number of taps it takes to get to them by turning on your Safari Bookmarks Bar. In the Settings app, tap Safari, then turn Always Show Bookmarks Bar to ON.

Turn off iPad email alert chimes
You can turn off the chime for new emails. Go to Settings, then General, then Sounds and turn off the New Mail sound. You can also adjust sound levels here.

Preview more of your emails
The iPad's Mail app defaults to previewing two lines of each email before you tap on it. Sometimes however it would be handier to be able to see more of an email before loading. To do this open the Settings app, then tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars and change the Preview options to add more lines.

 Turn off iPad push mail
Most mail accounts default to Push as a delivery mechanism, if available. This automatically 'pushes' any new emails your way as soon as they are available. You can set your Mail accounts to check for new messages at intervals, or manually so they only check for new messages when you tap the Refresh button. To turn off Push, select the Settings app and Mail, Contacts, Calendars and choose Fetch New Data, then turn Push on or off.

Make an iPad backup
If you want to make sure your iPad's data is properly backed up then you can force iTunes to back it up. When you're connected to your Mac or PC, open up iTunes and right-click on your iPad in the Devices list and select Back up.

 iPad won't charge
If your iPad battery is completely flat then it can take a while for the red battery symbol to appear when you plug it in to charge, indicating that it is charging. Leave it plugged in - wait - the charging symbol will appear eventually.