6 Hidden iPad Secrets That Will Turn You Into a Pro
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Have you ever wondered if there was a quick way to do this or a better way to do that on the iPad? Each year, Apple releases a new version of the iOS operating system
that runs the iPad.And with each new version, features are introduced
that can increase productivity by helping you do certain tasks faster
and more efficiently. There's only one problem: not everyone knows
about them.Over the next few pages, we'll take a look at some of
these secret features.
iPad Secret #1: Tapping the Title Bar and Skipping the Apostrophe
start with two secret tips that will really help speed up your ability
to manipulate your iPad. Have you ever scrolled down a long list or
been at the bottom of a large web page and needed to get back to the
top? No need to scroll. You can tap the title bar of the app or web
page to return to the beginning. This works with most apps and most web
pages, though not every web page is designed to be iPad-friendly. Learn to Navigate the iPad like a pro.
Skipping the apostrophe is also a great time-saver and ranks as my number one keyboard tip.
The auto-correct feature on the iPad can sometimes be quite annoying,
but at times, it can also really work for you. For example, there's no
need to hunt down the apostrophe for most contractions. Auto Correct
will automatically change "cant" to "can't" and "wont" to "won't". There
are some exceptions. It won't know the difference between "well" and
"we'll", but it works quite well in most instances.
iPad Secret #2: Quickly Control Your Music on the iPad
Whether you are listening to a song from your own music collection or jamming to a custom radio station on Pandora, there's no need to go into a specific app just to pause the music or skip a song. The iPad has a hidden control panel
that can do everything from turn Bluetooth on and off to locking the
rotation. And for music lovers, there's a handy set of controls for
You can access the hidden control panel by sliding your finger up
from the very bottom of the screen. The key is to start with your
fingertip on the edge of the screen and then move it toward the top. As
you slide your finger, the hidden controls will be revealed.
The music controls will work with whatever app is actively producing the music. So, if you are listening to iTunes Radio, the buttons will control your radio station, and if you are listening to a playlist, they'll control that playlist.
In addition to music, you can access the AirDrop feature, turn the brightness up or down, go into Airplane mode, lock the rotation, launch the timer and even open the camera.
Of course, if all you need to do is adjust the volume, don't forget the buttons on the side of the iPad!
iPad Secret #3: Find Music, Contacts and Apps Quickly Using Spotlight Search
Did you know the iPad has a universal search feature? There's
no need to go hunting through pages and pages of apps for just the
right one, and no reason to open music just to play a song. "Spotlight Search" can find anything from music to videos to contacts to apps on your device. It will even suggest websites to visit.
You can launch Spotlight Search by swiping down with your finger while you are on the Home Screen, which is the name of the screen with all of your apps on it.
Anytime you are on the Home Screen (i.e. not inside an app or using Siri),
you can swipe down to initiate a Spotlight Search. The key here is to
swipe down somewhere in the middle of the screen. If you swipe from
the very top of the display, you will open the Notification Center.
great thing about Spotlight Search is that it searches your entire
device, so you can even use it to search for a specific text message or
email. It will even search through Notes. You can turn on and off
different results through the general settings of your iPad under
iPad Secret #4:Download Free Books onYour iPad
Everyone likes free stuff! And you can get plenty of freebies with your iPad if you know where to look. For book lovers, the best freebie comes from something called Project Gutenberg.
The goal of Project Gutenberg is to take the world's library of public
domain works and convert them to digital. Treasure Island, Dracula,
Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan are just a few of the books you can
download for free on your iPad.
If you haven't already done so, you'll first need to download the iBooks application. This is Apple's digital bookstore and reader.
you launch the iBooks app, tap the "Top Charts" button at the bottom of
the screen. This will bring up two lists: the top Paid books and the top Free books.
the "Categories" button at the top-left corner of the screen. This
will drop down a categories list. If you are interested in reading some
of the greatest literature of all time without paying a dime, select
"Fiction and Literature" from the list.
You will now be able
to scroll through the most popular free novels available through iBooks.
You can further narrow the list by choosing a category like "Sci-Fi
& Fantasy" or "Young Adult".
iPad Secret #5: Move an App to the iPad's Dock
Do you hate scrolling through multiple screens of apps looking
for your favorite one? There are a number of tricks for finding an app
on your iPad quickly, including using spotlight search,
but one of the most overlooked tricks is simply docking your favorite
app. The 'dock' refers to the final row of apps at the very bottom of
the iPad's display. These apps are always present on the "home" screen,
which means you don't have to scroll through page after page of apps to
And the best part is that you can move any app you want to the dock.
The iPad comes with five apps on the dock, but there is space for a
sixth app of your choice. You can also move one of the default apps off
the dock and put an app in its place. And moving an app to the dock is
easier than moving it to a different page of apps.
touch the app you want to move and leave your finger on the screen until
the app icons are jiggling. This puts the iPad's home screen into
'edit' mode, which lets you either move or delete an app.
move your finger. The app icon will move with your finger. If you
accidentally picked your finger up from the screen, you can still 'grab'
the app by tapping on it and moving your finger without lifting it from
You can dock an app by moving it to the dock. You
will want to place it between two existing apps on the dock and wait
until those apps move apart to provide space for the app you want on the
If you already have six apps on the dock, you will first
need to move one of them off the dock before docking the app of your
choice. You do this the same way you would put an app on the dock.
Simply place your fingertip on the app you want to move off the dock and
then -- again without lifting your finger from the screen -- move it to
the page of apps. If you move it into the middle of a row, the apps
will move apart to give it space. This is when you 'drop' the app on the
row by lifting your finger.
Did You Know: You Can Also Move Folders to the Dock.
This is a great trick if you have a handful of apps that you want
easy access to but want to keep most of the default apps on the dock.
First, create a folder of apps by moving one app onto another. Once you've moved all the apps you want into the folder, move the folder to the dock just as you would any app.
can even use this method to create one screen for all of your apps. Put
your apps into six categories, create folders for those categories and
fill them with all he apps that fit the description, and then move those
folders to the dock. You can leave your most used apps for the main
screen, so you have quick access to them, and your other apps can be
within one of the folders.
iPad Secret #6: Let Your iPad Read Selected Text to You
Do you want to give your eyes a rest? Let your iPad do the
heavy lifting -- or, in this case, the heavy reading -- for you. The
iPad has the ability to speak selected text to you, but first you will
need to turn this feature on in the accessibility settings.
The text-to-speech feature is designed to help the vision impaired,
but it can be very useful to most people. For example, the iPad could
allow you to multitask by reading an interesting news article to you
while your cook dinner.
Here's how to turn on the iPad's text-to-speech feature:
First, go into the iPad's settings.
Next, choose General settings from the left-side menu.
Tap "Accessibility" from within the General settings. It is just above the section for Multitasking Gestures.
From within the Accessibility settings, choose Speech. This is the last option in the Vision block.
on "Speak Selection" by tapping the associated slider. This setting
will add a new "Speak" option to the menu that appears when you select
If you think you may use the feature often, you can
also turn on "Speak Screen". This allows you to slide two fingers down
from the top of the display to read the entire screen to you. This
doesn't work so well with web pages where the top of the screen is
filled with menus, but it works well with other apps like Mail.
can also change the voice used by tapping the Voices button within the
Speech settings. Also, pay attention to the Speaking Rate. This can be
adjusted to have the iPad speak faster or slower.
One great way to use the text-to-speech feature is within iBooks,
where the iPad can read the book to you. This isn't quite as good as a
book on tape, where the reader can give the right inflection to the
words and sometimes even portray the character's voices. However, if
you choose to speak the screen, the iPad will automatically turn pages
and keep reading the book.