Image above from: http://www.ipadtipsandtricks.org/

1. The first is really a "tip", rather than a "trick"... it concerns keeping your iPad screen clean. The following is what Apple writes about this issue... when you come to the word "slightly" take that seriously. One speaker I heard warned that too much moisture can get through the screen.

"Handle your iPad with care to maintain its appearance. If you are concerned about scratching or abrasion, you can use one of the many cases sold separately. To clean iPad, unplug all cables and turn off iPad (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider). Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in openings. Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPad. iPad has an oleophobic coating on the screen; simply wipe iPad’s screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands. The ability of this coating to repel oil will diminish over time with normal usage, and rubbing the screen with an abrasive material will further diminish its effect and may scratch your screen." - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3226#ipads

2. Another tip... even more important... concerning the life of your iPad battery. That is, always let your battery fall below 20% before you recharge the iPad. The battery should be able to run 6-10 hours before you need to recharge it. To read more on this issue, read the follow page:
New iPad '3' Release: Battery Trick Makes Battery Run Longer, Study

3. Almost essential for everyone to know is "How to create Folders and Organize Apps on the iPad". The following video is for an earlier iPad, but it still applies:

4. Now, I'm sure that you always wanted to split your keyboard in half? Right? Well, you can on the iPad, without even breaking anything... watch below... and learn how to exercise your thumbs:

5. Now those were just the start! Watch this next video to learn TEN more tricks that you can do with your keyboard. Have something ready to take notes. For your convenience, I will have a summary below... most of them I found really neat... and useful:

As explained in the video, you'll first need to go to Settings & General... then Keyboard... then be sure that all the areas are selected as "ON". After that, the summary of the ten techniques are listed below:
  1. Double tapping the shift key will serve as a Caps Lock key, allowing you to type in all caps
  2. As you come to the end of a sentence, double tapping the space bar will add a period, as well as a space, so you can smoothly continue onto the next sentence.
  3. Flicking up on the comma will add an apostrophe to your typing.
  4. Flicking up on the period will add quotation marks to your typing.
  5. Allow autocorrect to take care of most your words that need apostrophes... just hit space when the correct word pops up.
  6. Hold down the 123-button... drag your finger to the item you want... then let go and you'll automatically be back at the ABC keyboard.
  7. For one capital letter, hold down the shift key and drag your finger to the letter you want. That saves you having to come back and de-select the shift key.
  8. When typing an url address on Safari that ends in .net, .org, .us or .edu, you can hold down the .com key and those other options will pop up.
  9. Holding down on any vowel letters will have a pop-ups with accents... as explained further below.
  10. Avoid going into your third keyboard by holding down other keys. The pop-up will provide other options for such keys as $, 0, ", &, and -.


6. Taking a snapshot of whatever is on your iPad screen is VERY easy! You just press the Power (or sleep/wake) button at the top right of the iPad app and the Home button at the same time for just a quick second. When you do you’ll see the screen flash white for a moment and you’ll hear the camera shutter sound. That’s it. Once you’ve done that, you can go to the Photos app and see your screenshot in the Camera Roll album. Then you can click on the curved arrow at the top right and email it to whomever you want!

Is that all? Please let me know of any other tips or tricks that you've discovered! - Dr. T.

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