April 05, 2018 0 Comments

Apple’s iPad has been around for about five years, but there are probably at least a few features tucked away in the settings menu that you’ve probably never discovered. Some of these features have only been introduced this year, while others have been around for a while.

Run more than one app at the same time on the home screen.

Sometimes it’s more helpful to split the screen between two apps rather than keeping one in a column view. Split View lets you do just that. To run two apps simultaneously side-by-side on the iPad, just swipe in from the right of the screen. This will launch one app in Slide Over view. Just tap the white handle next to this second app to expand it into split-screen mode.

 

Open a new app in a sidebar without leaving the app you're using.

The iPad has finally caught up with its Android and Windows competitors in terms of multitasking. While using one app, you can view a separate app in a sidebar along the edge of the display. Simply swipe in from the right, and a list of compatible apps will appear. Tap the one that you’d like to use, and it’ll launch in a column alongside the other app you’ve already opened.

 

Play a video on screen while using other apps.

iPad users no longer have to quit watching a video to check another app. While watching a video or using FaceTime, simply press the home button to minimize the video down to the corner of your iPad’s display. This only works in certain apps that support this feature.

 

Use the keyboard as a touchpad.

If you’ve ever been frustrated when trying to move the cursor between words when typing on your iPad, rest easy. You can now move two fingers over the keyboard on your screen as you’re typing to turn the keys into a virtual touchpad. This makes it easy to move the cursor with more precision.

 

Zoom in on certain parts of the screen.

Using one of the iPad’s accessibility features, you can create a virtual magnifying glass that makes it easier to view certain parts of the screen. To turn this on, head over to Settings > General > Accessibility > Zoom. Then make sure the slider is switched on.

 

Search for any word on a website.

You can search for any word on a web page when browsing with the iPad just like you can on a laptop or desktop. With a website open in Safari, tap the URL bar at the top of the screen. Then type in the word you’d like to search for. In Safari’s drop-down results you’ll see a category called “On The Page” near the bottom of the window. The word or phrase you searched for will appear under this header. Tap it to locate that word or phrase within the page.


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