4 Things You Should (but may not) Know About Your iPad

Using the iPad is a constant learning experience. There are countless subtle, hidden features that make using the device easier and more enjoyable.

The following article introduces four not-so-obvious tips, including keyboard features, eliminating advertisements and controlling the audio on your iPad.

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Keep Reading for the 4 iPad Tips!


Tip #1: Caps Lock

 

Double Tap the Shift key (tap twice in rapid succession) to enable caps lock.

 

The Shift key will turn into a black arrow with a line underneath to indicate that caps lock in turned on. Tap again to turn off.

Learn to use the iPad. Double tap the Shift key to activate caps lock.

 

Tip #2: iPad Trackpad Mode

Place two fingers on the keyboard at the same time and slide to reposition the cursor.

Learning the iPad tips. Activate trackpad mode by placing two fingers on the keyboard at the same time.

 

Tip #3: Reader View

In Safari, some webpages will have the Reader View button on the left side of the search bar. Tap the button to eliminate advertisements and customize font appearance. The button will turn black to indicate that Reader View is turned on.

Reader View on iPad

Once Reader View is activated, tap the Font button to customize the font size, style and background color.

Learning the iPad. Activate Reader View and customize font size, style and background color

 

Tip #4: Audio Controls

You can control audio from any screen on the iPad. If you are listening to music and start using another app, you can pause, skip or adjust the volume without returning to the music app.  First, slide up from the bottom edge of the screen to view Control Center.

Learning to use the iPad. Slide up from the bottom of the screen to show Control Center.

 

Next, swipe left to view audio controls. Use the to buttons to play, pause or skip. Use the slider to control volume.

Learning to use an iPad. Slide left in Control Center to view Audio Controls.

 

The audio controls will display. Use the buttons to control the music and adjust the volume with the slider. Once finished, tap anywhere outside of the audio controls to close.

Learning to use the iPad. Control your music using the buttons and volume slider.

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Quiz Transcript

Question #1

How do you activate caps lock on the iPad keyboard ?

A. Hold down the shift key

B. Tap the shift key

C. Double tap the shift 

D. Double tap the keyboard with two fingers

Correct Answer = C

Double tap the Shift key to activate caps lock (tap twice in rapid succession). The arrow will turn black with an underline to show that caps lock in on. Tap again to turn off caps lock.

 

Question #2

The iPad has a feature called trackpad mode. You can reposition the cursor by sliding your finger around the street. How do you activate it?

A. Double tap the keyboard

B. Tap and hold the keyboard

C. Place two fingers on the keyboard at the same time

D. Triple tap the home button

Correct Answer = C

To activate trackpad mode, place two fingers on the keyboard at the same time. The keyboard will turn grey, and you can slide your fingers to reposition the cursor.

 

Question #3

In Safari, some webpages display a button with four lines in the search bar. What does that button do?

A. Shows options for sharing the webpage

B. Saves the webpage for later reading

C. Eliminates advertisements and displays a reading friendly version

D. Shows a list of similar webpages

Correct Answer = C

The Reader View button eliminates advertisements and displays a reading friendly format. If the button is black, reader view is turned on. If it is white, it is off.

 

Question #4

You can play, pause or adjust the volume of music, podcasts and videos from any screen on the iPad. How do you access audio controls?

A. Slide down from the top of the screen to access Notification Center and choose the option for music control

B. Triple tap the home button to open music control shortcut

C. Slide up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center, then swipe left to view music controls

Correct Answer = C

To access audio controls, slide up from the bottom of the screen to view control center. Swipe to the left to reveal audio controls.


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