When I first got my iPad I was very excited, however it was nothing like my computer. On all of my computers I have the Windows operating system and the iPad set up with very different. I noticed that the iPad did not come with any manual or book to show how to use this device, so I turned it on, and started browsing around to get an idea of how it worked.
Finding the iPad on or off switch was probably the hardest part of all. It was just a tiny little button on the side, very sleek and easily overlooked.
The first thing you will notice is that the iPad is a touchscreen and it is very sensitive. In my first few hours of using the iPad I had a problem with my fingers touching or swiping the wrong things. At one stage I had the screen size is so big that I could not really see what I was doing on the iPad. Finally I worked out that you had to pinch the screen to bring it back into the original size.
It is hard to explain the movements you need to use an iPad on a touchscreen so I recommend that you watch this video to see how it works.
iPad Tutorial For Beginners
Connect your iPad to your TV
Sometimes you want to watch a movie on the big screen and that is no problem with your iPad. If you want to connect your iPad to a TV there are two main options:
1. [easyazon-link asin=”B0094Z6N9Y” locale=”us”]Digital AV HDMI Adapter[/easyazon-link] (ca. $40) and HDMI cable.
2. Wifi powered [easyazon-link asin=”B001FA1NK0″ locale=”us”]Apple TV[/easyazon-link] Airplay ($100)
Personally I would chose the second version, because Apple TV is giving you much more value for the money and the VGA adapter is very limited in its resolution. It also does not support audio out and HDCP which most of the movies bought from the iTunes store require.
Take a screenshot
You can take a screenshot of anything you see on your iPad simply by pressing the home button and the sleep button at the same time. The home button is the indented button on the face of the iPad and the sleep button is actually the power button.
When you press these two buttons together your image will be automatically saved into your library.
Pinching The Screen
You know when you go to pinch someone, think about that action when you want to enlarge or decrease the size of something on your screen. To enlarge something you have to unpinch and to makes things bigger you need to pinch the screen. it sounds a bit weird but all you do is place your thumb and index finger against the iPad screen keeping the thumb in place, drag your index finger to pinch or unpinch accordingly.
The Four Finger Switch
on the Apple iPad you can only have one app on the screen at a time, however there may be more open in the background. You can swipe left or right with four or five fingers to switch between recently used apps on your iPad.
You can also click the home button twice and the apps that are open on your iPad will appear in a line on the bottom of your screen.
Closing Hidden Apps
This is my absolute favourite trick that my youngest daughter showed me. It is simply closing the apps that are running in the background on your iPad. All you have to do is click the home button twice and the apps that are open on your iPad will appear in a line on the bottom of your screen. Now to close the ones you are not using, simply hold your finger on the first app until they all start shaking and a minus sign appears on them.
Now you can go and press the minus sign to close any apps you are not using.
Select, Copy and Paste a Word
When you use the copy and paste command on a computer, it is easy because you can use a mouse and a keyboard. On an iPad is completely different and at first I was puzzled as I could not find a way to copy or paste a word. Later I found out that it was very simple.
All you have to do is basically put your finger on the word that you want to copy. A little menu will pop up and it will give you a few choices such as copy, select and so on. If you press on copy, you can then go on open up another app and paste the word in there.
Your iPad can perform some amazing functions all through tapping and swiping the right items on the screen or pressing the right button. If you are interested in learning more, see the absolute best iPad video tutorial course and make the most of your iPad.