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iPad Basics: Navigation Tips and Settings

If you’re new to the world of iPad, here are some tips on navigating around your new device. If you’re a seasoned iPad user, it never hurts to have a refresher.  Maybe you’ll even learn something new!  Most of these tips work on your iPhone also.

  • Add Apps and Folders to the iPad’s dock.  Out of the box, the iPad features four apps on the always-visible bar at the bottom of every screen, a.k.a. the “Dock.”  You can have up to six apps in the Dock, or you can add folders containing multiple apps.  Put your most-used apps here.
  • pu-ipad1Launch Apps from the Spotlight Search Screen.  This screen (accessed by swiping to the right from the first home screen) can be used to search not only Notes, E-mail, and Calendar Appointments – you can also search for an app and tap to launch it. (This works on an iPhone also.)
  • pu-ipad2Double-tap Spacebar to Add a Period and a Space.  You can quickly add a period and a space to the end of a sentence by double tapping the spacebar.  You can turn this option off in the Settings menu if you prefer.  (This also works on an iPhone.)
  • Use the Side Switch to Lock Rotation.  The side switch on the right side of the iPad (above the volume rocker) can be used to mute the sound OR to lock the rotation of the screen.  To set this up, go to Settings > General > Use Side Switch to > Lock Rotation.
  • Undo Typing.  Many people aren’t aware that there is an “undo” option for the iPad.  When you want to undo your most recent typing, you simply (and carefully!) shake the iPad back and forth.  A small window will appear allowing you to undo your most recent typing. (Try it on your iPhone also.)
  • Take a screenshot.  You can take a screenshot of your iPad by simply holding down the Home button (front-center of device) and the Wake/Sleep button (top of the device) at the same time.  You’ll see the screen flash once and the image will be saved in your iPad’s photo app. (This works on your iPhone too!)


About Paul Unger

Paul J. Unger is an attorney and founding principal of Affinity Consulting Group, LLC, a nationwide company providing continuing legal education, legal technology consulting, and training. He is also currently serving as Chairman of the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Prior to forming Affinity, Paul was vice president of a Columbus-based technology consulting firm. Mr. Unger spent five years at Clark, Perdue, Roberts & Scott Co., L.P.A., limiting his practice to civil litigation. He specializes in technology consulting and audits, writing legal-specific technology books & manuals, trial presentation & litigation support, document management software, paperless office strategies, and legal-specific software speaking & training for law firms and legal departments throughout the United States. Mr. Unger has provided trial presentation consultation for 300+ cases. Mr. Unger is a member of The American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Ohio Association for Justice and the Central Ohio Association for Justice. He is very active in the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and served as Chairman of ABA TECHSHOW 2011 – 25th Year Anniversary. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Capital University Law School’s Paralegal Program. Paul is a national speaker and frequent lecturer for CLE programs. He is the co-author of Adobe Acrobat for Law Firms, PowerPoint for Legal Professionals, and co-author of Microsoft Word for Legal Professionals, all manuals designed to maximize the use of legal-specific features. Mr. Unger is a 1994 graduate of Capital University Law School.

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