While you know you want an iPad, do you really know how to make it an exceptional gadget? Can you turn it into all the things you need, from a camera to a camcorder to a computer to a voice recorder? Read on to find tips to turn your iPad into a multi-use machine.

If you do a lot of typing on your iPad, consider buying a portable Bluetooth keyboard. Doing a lot of typing on a virtual on-screen keyboard will most likely cause a lot of pain in your finger joints. Buying a portable Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad will make it possible for you to type long documents on your tablet comfortably.

Better iPad Tips For Successful Utilization Today
Better iPad Tips For Successful Utilization Today

Learn all the things the side switch can do on your iPad. It is a handy way to turn your audio alerts on and off without affecting your playback sound. You can also use it to lock your screen so that it does not automatically rotate. If you want to use it for some other function, you can change this in the General Settings menu.

The default setting on the iPad is to preview two lines of each new email before you select it. Sometimes, you may want to have a larger preview. Just visit Settings and tap Mail. Open the mail tab in the settings app, then navigate to Contacts > Calendar. Once there, choose the number of lines to preview using the “Preview Mail” option.

Shortcuts

Shortcuts let you send messages quickly. For example, tapping the space bar twice when typing a sentence will add a period and space. This lets you avoid doing it manually and you can send many more messages to friends.

If you need to mute an iPad, try this simple trick. The volume down button, when held for two seconds, gets this done. Doing this is more efficient than pressing it multiple times. When ready for original volume level, simply hold the button down again.

Protect Your Screen

Because iPads are not cheap, it makes sense to care for yours well. You can use a clear cover to protect your screen. The screen is protected from damage by a thin film of plastic. Whenever you clean the screen of your iPad, use a soft cloth that has been lightly dampened with water. Avoid using window cleaners or household cleaners for cleaning the screen of your iPad.

SD Card

Most people know that an SD card can be plugged into the iPad directly from their camera to view photos. Many people do not know that a connection kit can be purchased to connect your camera to your iPad. You can search the online Apple Store to find one for your camera.

Go to the apps that you need to use frequently! All you must do is to click Home twice, and they appear at the lower edge of the screen. This can save you time when switching between apps because you don’t have to go back to the home screen and navigate to the app.

If you aren’t sure if an iPad is for you(it is)then you should ask to borrow one from a friend. After playing with it for an hour or two, then you will have a much better idea of exactly what it is capable of and what it can do for your life.

See All Running Apps on iPad

Do you want to see all the running apps on your iPad? Then, double-click the Home button and every app will display at the bottom of your screen. If you want to run one of the running apps, simply tap it. Simply swipe your screen down to eliminate the bar.

If you enjoy listening to audiobooks, you’ll love the VoiceOver application under Accessibility settings. This feature will read aloud any text displayed on the screen. Open your favorite e-book or blog and your iPad will read it to you! This is perfect for listening in your car or while you are doing work around the house.

Hidden Apostrophe

Use the hidden apostrophe on the virtual keyboard’s first screen instead of navigating to the second screen. Simply hold down on the exclamation mark key. A hidden apostrophe option then appears. Slide your finger up to select it. This shortcut comes in handy for typing emails and other messages.

Although you may deem it unnecessary, it is smart putting a safety feature on the iPad. What if someone steals it? Do you want them to have access to your email, contacts and banking information?

Search Engine Other Than Google

Would you rather use a search engine other than Google on your iPad? You can easily change the default to your favorite search engine. Under your Safari Settings menu, select Search Engine. Once you are there, you will see options for Yahoo and Bing in addition to the default Google browser.

Are you wanting to have more organization with your iPad? It is possible for you to decide which apps provide you notifications, with pop-up alerts, etc. Simply navigate to Settings, and then Notifications. This will help ensure that those annoying apps you don’t want popping up won’t interfere with your organization.

Spotlight Search

The Spotlight search feature searches everything you have, including the songs on you iPod, apps, events and podcasts. If you want to restrict what it searches, you can go to Settings, then General and then Spotlight Search. Here, you can pick which categories you do want it to search and which you don’t.

If you do not like the search engine, you are using on your iPad, you can change it. All you need to do is go to Settings, then Safari, and finally, search engine. Here, you can choose which search engine you would like. Just be aware that you can only pick from Bing, Yahoo, or Google.

Whether you want to replace your laptop, camera, recipe book or telephone, the iPad can do it all and more. It can be your gaming system, timer or voice recorder, but only if you know how to get it working for you. Keep the advice here in mind as you use your iPad and you’ll find you love it even more.