Category Archives: iPad Tips & Tricks

The iPad and the iPad 2 are amazing and powerful devices. To help you do amazing things with it, we offer this collection of tips and tricks and how-to articles.

Some of these are iPad Basics sort of stuff that are helpful for newer users- for instance, how to instantly jump to the top of a web or email page, how to save images from the iPad web browser or email apps. Others are how-to’s that are useful even for iPad power users – things like how to print from the iPad, or the best ways to get photos and videos transferred from an iPhone to the iPad without having to connect to a PC, or how to disable In-App purchases so your kids can’t inadvertently run up your App Store spending.

I hope some of these iPad tips will help you get the most out of your iPad.

How To Use AirPlay in the Photos App on iPad

AirPlay button in Photos app

If you own an Apple TV (new 2nd gen model) then AirPlay is potentially one of the coolest new features included in the recent iOS 4.2 software update for the iPad. AirPlay allows you to stream content from your iPad or iPhone (or Touch) to your TV screens via Apple TV. The content you can stream is pretty limited right now, but should expand in future – both via the clever efforts of jailbreakers and through Apple updates.

For now, you can stream YouTube videos, some of your own videos taken with an iPhone (though via a fairly convoluted process), audio from the iPod app and 3rd party apps that have been updated to support AirPlay, and photos. Audio and photos are my two favorite things to stream so far. Who doesn’t love seeing all your latest shots of family and friends on a great big screen, especially with no need for cables.

Using AirPlay to stream your photos from the iPad is easy once you know how, but it may not be immediately obvious to all so I thought I’d offer some quick pointers on using it here.

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How To Change the Font in the iPad Notes App


This is another very basic tip for iOS 4.2 users on the iPad – so if you’re a savvy veteran user it’s best to move along now. Smile

One of the nice smaller features we gained with the 4.2 software update is the ability to change the font in the built-in Notes app. Doing so is super easy as long as you know where to go.

You cannot make the change within the app itself. You just need to go to the Settings app, and tap on Notes in the sections pane on the left (just below Photos and above Store). Once you do, you’ll see the three current font choices shown in the right pane. Just tap on Helvetica your preferred font and you’re good to go.

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How To Find Text in Web Pages in Safari on the iPad

Find Text in web pages on iPad

The recent iOS 4.2 update for the iPad added a lot (over 100) cool new features to the device. One of those is the ability to search for text within web pages in the Mobile Safari app. In the comments on a recent post about using the Multitasking Bar on the iPad, Michael asked about how to use this Find in Page feature.

Happily, this is another feature where Apple kept things nice and simple. Find in Page has been built right into the standard Google search bar. That’s the search bar that is just to the right of the URL address line at the top of the Safari app. So when you type in your search word, you get a popover dialog with some Google suggestions – you just need to scroll down on that list and you’ll see the section titled ‘On This Page’, and the number of results in parentheses.

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How To Make AirPrint Work with Just About Any Printer

AirPrint Hacktivator

A quick rundown on How to Use AirPrint Hacktivator to Make AirPrint Work with Any Printer:

I’ve talked a lot here recently about how hugely disappointing the much-hyped new AirPrint feature has turned out to be in the recent iOS 4.2 update. Apple originally promised it would support a wide range of wireless printers and virtually all shared printers. On release, it supports a very small handful of HP wireless printers and no shared printers at all – making it unusable for the vast majority of iPad users.

The good news is that now there is an easy and free way to get AirPrint working as it was originally intended, and use it with your shared printers on your network. Read on for the very easy steps required to use the AirPrint Hacktivator app to get AirPrint going …

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Multitasking Bar & Rapid App Switching on iPad – Video Demo

Multitasking and rapid app switching via the Multitasking Bar on the iPad are by far and away my favorite new feature that we’ve gained in the recent iOS 4.2 update. Multitasking support has been extended to a defined range of services within 3rd party apps – where previously only Apple’s built-in apps were supported. Much more importantly, we now have the ability to (very) rapidly and easily switch between apps, via the new Multitasking Bar.

This is a big timesaver when swapping between apps and a huge productivity enhancer. For me it is hands-down the outstanding new feature in the 4.2 update, and one that makes working on the iPad an infinitely better experience.

So I decided to do a quick demo on how to use the Multitasking Bar for rapid app switching on the iPad. Hope this is helpful for those of you who are just discovering this superb new feature.

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How To Use Folders on iPad – Video Demo

Folders are one of the big new features for iPad, added in the iOS 4.2 software update for iPad this week. They let you group your apps in folders and they are a tremendous help in organizing your apps and home screens on the iPad.

Folders are easy to work with and a pleasure to use. For those who have not yet tried them out, the video demo above offers a quick rundown on how to use folders on the iPad.

Happy apps organizing!

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How To Use AirPrint on the iPad


AirPrint is one of the headline new features in the latest version of the iPad software – iOS 4.2. It allows you to print directly to certain wireless printers from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch (see below for which models and other requirements).

This new feature has almost no settings, requires no setup on the user’s part, and is one of those typical Apple offerings that should ‘just work’ if you have the right device and printer.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s needed and how it works …

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How To: Copy Files to the iPad Using File Sharing


Being able to copy files from your computer to the iPad (and vice-versa) can be a big boost to productivity. File Sharing via iTunes is one of the easiest methods to do this with. Not all apps or document types are supported for File Sharing as yet, but there are a good range to work with, including the iWork suite from Apple (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) and a good number of 3rd party apps like GoodReader, Office2 HD, iA Writer, and quite a few others.

If you have one or more apps installed that support File Sharing, it’s quite easy to do via iTunes.

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How To: Turn On MobileMe Find My iPad

iPad found on MobileMe

Like many of you, I was filled with sadness when I read Alicia’s post on losing her iPad last week. It’s definitely a horrible feeling to realize you’ve left a valuable item behind when you’re out and about, but the thing is it happens to all of us at one time or another.

Luckily, as Alicia pointed out in her post, there are some things we can do on our iDevices to dramatically increase the chances of getting them back if lost or stolen. One of the most popular ways is to use the MobileMe Find My iPad (or Find My iPhone) feature to track your device’s location and be able to pinpoint it if it goes missing. I thought this might be as good a time as any to share a quick how-to on enabling this excellent service.

Hit the break for details on how to enable Find My iPad on your iPad …

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I lost my iPad – what you should do before you lose yours

I write this blog to the strains of “Don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”.

This past Sunday was nearly perfect, but somewhere between brunch with friends and an afternoon museum visit, I lost my iPad.

And the most frustrating thing is, the person who found it did not return it. So now it’s officially stolen and more importantly gone. Damn. Continue reading

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How To Find the Apps Shown in iPad TV Ads

Apps from iPad TV ads

Apple’s TV ads for the iPad are slick and well-executed, as are nearly all Apple TV campaigns. A lot of focus in the ads has been on iPad apps, and a lot of very good apps have been showcased within the commercials.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s the easiest way to find all the apps shown in the TV ads, the answer is very easy.

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