Quick Tip: 3 Simple iPad Tricks

Want to get a little bit more out of that iPad?  Here are three helpful features you may not have realized were available:

  • Reopen recently closed tabs. Accidentally closed the wrong tab in the iPad’s Safari web browse?  Just tap and hold the “+” sign in the tab bar and you’ll get a list of recently closed tabs. Tap the one you’re interested in to reopen it.
  • Go beyond a 4-digit pin for security. A 4-digit code is all most people use to secure their iPad and other mobile devices, but you can do more.  In the Settings app, tap “General” and then “Passcode Lock.”  Slide “Simple Passcode” to off and you’ll now be able to enter a full password of your choosing.  Other options: change the “Require Passcode” time window to avoid having to re-enter your passcode every couple minutes, and consider using “Erase Data” to force your device to erase itself if the wrong passcode is entered 10 times.  (Just be sure to backup!)
  • Take screenshots.  Simultaneously press the home button and the sleep/wake button to take a screenshot.  The images will be saved directly to your Photos app.  Screenshots are a useful way to capture fleeting content, like a confirmation page on a website.

About Joshua Poje

Joshua Poje (@poje) is the Director of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center, where he provides technology and practice management guidance to attorneys throughout the country. He is the editor of the annual ABA Legal Technology Survey Report and a frequent speaker and writer on legal technology topics. Follow him on: Twitter | LinkedIn | Google+

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