The iPad makes a great gift and if you’re lucky enough to have one now, you’ve come to the right place. We have compiled the best iPad tips of recent months so you can dominate the Apple tablet from day one.
The arrival of iPadOS brings us exclusive tips for iPad, and we’ve included a lot of them in this compilation. Be careful because this interests you.
The 15 best tips for your iPad
Most of these tips will do use your iPad much smoother and faster, and you’ll also learn about options you might not be familiar with.
1. Mouse support
For several versions of iPadOS, the IPad is fully compatible with a mouse and trackpad. This makes the iPad a productivity tool because using the mouse in some applications is much more comfortable. In addition, there are many hidden tricks when using the mouse on the iPad.
2. Write numbers and symbols much faster
It’s a Exclusive iPad tip and its large keyboard. The keyboard we have on the iPad is much larger than the one on the iPhone and quite different. One of the most important differences is that it allows us to perform key gestures, with just drag one of them down, we will write the number or symbol that appears above the letter.
It is super fast way to type numbers and symbols not that widely used because we don’t need to switch to the numeric keypad. A tip that not many people know about, but once you find out you won’t stop using it.
3. Gestures to cut, copy, paste and select
One of the most important new features of iPadOS has brought us multitude of gestures that can be performed on the screen to cut, paste or select in a document. These are all:
- Double-click on a word to select it.
- Triple-tap a word to select the phrase in which it is included.
- Press a word four times to select the paragraph in which it is included.
- Touch the screen with three fingers to activate the text menu.
- Pinch the screen with three fingers to copy.
- Pinch the screen twice with three fingers to cut.
- Expand (like zooming in on a photo) with three fingers to paste.
- Swipe left with three fingers to undo the last action.
- Swipe right with three fingers to redo the last action.
- Drag the scroll bar to the right to quickly browse a document or website.
4. Use the keyboard as a cursor
Another one of those keyboard tricks that become essential when you know it. If you’re one of those people who edit documents on the iPad, you’ll know that there are times when not easy to select with your finger in a document, the exact point where the cursor should be placed at the desired position, especially if it is in a word.
However you can turn the keyboard into a virtual trackpad for easy movement throughout the document much more precisely. Just press with two fingers inside the keyboard and move them at the same time to move the cursor in the document.
5. Use two apps at the same time
This is one of the best tricks for iPad: use two apps at the same timeFor example, you can watch a Netflix series or YouTube video and at the same time confess a post or check something on Twitter. But where it’s particularly interesting is when we use the iPad to work.
Now you can have, for example, a Word document on one side and a PowerPoint on the other, and you can drag items from one window to another like it’s magic. The Split View function is compatible with all applications and is very easy to activate:
- Most recommended is have the two apps you want to use in the dock from the iPad.
- Open one of them and slide your finger from the bottom of the screen to dock appear.
- Swipe the other app right or left from the first application.
- You already have both apps on the screen you can select the size of each one by sliding the tab that appears in the middle.
6. Handwriting with Apple Pencil
Now in each text box we can handwrite what we want to look for. It is true that at the moment it is only available 100% in English, but there is a trick to use it in Spanish without too many problems. An essential tip if you have an Apple Pencil, or an alternative.
In order not to be officially in Spanish, iPadOS 14 recognizes very well what you write 👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/7GPbS7RxNK
– Angel Roca (@ angelr191) September 22, 2020
7. Press to wake up
As with the latest iPhones, you don’t need to press the unlock button to start the iPad. On the new iPad Pro we can wake up the device just by touching the screen
8. Use three apps at the same time
But there is more you can too use 3 apps at the same time on iPad if you combine the Split View function from before with Slide Over. All you have to do is open two apps at the same time like we told you above and follow the next steps:
- Open again or dock slide up.
- Select the third app you want to use and drag it, but not towards one that you have opened, drag to the center.
- The the third application will appear as a floating window that you can move to the right or left and that you can hide to one side by dragging it and reactivate it by dragging it to that side.
9. Quick screenshots
This is a tip for those who they have an apple pencil. To take a screenshot on the iPad, we have to press the unlock button and the volume up button at the same time, but if you have the Apple Pencil, it’s much easier. All you gotta do is swipe from one of the lower corners to the center of the screen and you will take a screenshot and you can edit it for now.
– Angel Roca (@ angelr191) June 14, 2019
10. Widgets on the home screen
The home screen of the IPad may have fixed widgets, both Apple apps and App Store apps that are compatible. These widgets are quick access to many functions, to activate them follow these steps.
- Swipe until you are in the first application screen.
- Now drag one again and the widgets will appear.
- Go down to the widgets section and click on Edit.
- You can change which ones you want to appear and their order.
- Up active Stay on the home screen.
11. Face ID all over the place
Apple’s 3D facial recognition system can be used in all directions on the iPad Pro, horizontal, vertical or upside down. This is something that iPhone users will envy.
12. Floating keyboard
IPad is a big device, the full screen keyboard can be uncomfortable at times, but you have a little trick available that will make it the keyboard of the iPad is reduced to the size of that of the iPhone to be able to use it more comfortably with one hand, and it is best if it is temporary.
All you need to do to activate this little floating keyboard is pinch as if you were scaling a photo on the keyboard, and it will get smaller. Now you can move it anywhere you want, use it by dragging the keys and when you want it to come down to size just pinch the keyboard while zooming.
13. Slide your finger horizontally on the bottom bar to move between apps
It is a common gesture of the interface of iOS and iPadOS. At the bottom we have a bar that we can drag left and right. Now we just have to move the bottom bar to the side to switch between apps.
14. Charge your iPhone or any other device
Your new iPad Pro is a PowerBank, you can charge iPhone, Apple Watch or any other device that you connect. You just need the right cable.
15. Shape recognition
The Notes application is now able to recognize shapes and automatically change them to shapesJust draw the figure and let the Apple Pencil sit for a second and it will automatically change. We can draw any of these figures and they will be turned into geometric figures:
- Thought bubble
- Underlined arrow
- Continuous line with 90 degree turns.
- Line with arrow end point
- Curve with arrow end point
And for those of us who draw badly … pic.twitter.com/ZV5zE8NcXL
– Angel Roca (@ angelr191) June 25, 2020
So far this round of iPad tricksThey are numerous and very interesting. If you want to learn more about the iPad, iPhone or any other Apple device, you have hundreds of tutorials and compilations of tips in our dedicated section.