iPad and iPhone Tips — Part 1

ipadandiphoneMany Apple iPad and iPhone owners have jumped head first into using their shiny new devices without the need for a lot of instruction or reference material. We can attribute that to the intuitive ease of use of Apple’s latest version of iOS 5.1 — or, more likely, the fact that scarcely any documentation or a user manual is provided with either device! To help fill the gaps in users’ knowledge of their devices, here are some of our best iPad and iPhone tips and tricks in a friendly question and answer format.

Customize Your Home Screen and Dock

Q. Why are my app icons jiggling or bouncing? ipadhomescreenedit

A. Touching and holding an app icon until it jiggles will allow you to customize the appearance of your Home screen and Dock.

  1. Touch and hold any app icon until it jiggles.
  2. Rearrange apps by dragging their icons around.
  3. Move an icon to another screen by dragging it to the right edge until a new screen appears. You can have up to 11 Home screens!
  4. Drag an app to the Dock or drag an app from the Dock to your Home screen.
  5. You can also delete an app you’ve installed by clicking the “X” on the corner of the icon — but be warned that deleting an app from your device also deletes the documents and data created by that app!
  6. Press the Home button to exit out of editing mode and return to your Home screen.

Q. Why did my app end up in a new folder when I was arranging the app icons?

A. While you are customizing your Home screen, you can create folders by dragging an app icon directly on to another app.

  1. Drag an app icon directly on to another app to create a new folder containing both apps. The OS will suggest a folder name that you can tap to edit. Folders can hold up to 20 icons!
  2. Drag apps out of folders to the Home screen. When only one app is left in the folder, the folder disappears, leaving the app on the Home screen.

Apple iPhone text entry on-screen keyboard Text Entry Tricks

Q. Do you hate having to take the extra step to view the numbers and symbols keyboard in order to enter a period “.” when typing?

A. Here’s how to easily type a period followed by a space.

  1. Quickly double-tap the space bar to produce a period-space “. “
  2. This trick is controlled in Settings/ General/ Keyboard/ “.” Shortcut — and can be disabled if you prefer double-tapping the space bar to produce a double-space.

Q. How do you copy and paste?

A. There are a couple of ways to copy and paste depending on the context.

Select your text:ipadmagnifyingglass

  1. Touch and hold near the text you wish to copy to bring up the magnifying glass, then drag to position the insertion point.
  2. Tap the insertion point to bring up the selection buttons.
  3. Tap Select to select the adjacent word, or tap Select All to select all text.
  4. A short cut for editable documents is to double-tap a word to select it, but in a read-only document such as a web page, you’ll need to touch and hold to select.
  5. Drag the grab points to select more or less text.
  6. Tap Cut or Copy from the selection buttons.

To paste your selection:

  1. Tap to position the insertion point in your text.
  2. Tap the insertion point to bring up the selection buttons.
  3. Tap Paste.

To undo your cut or paste action:

  1. Shake your iPad or iPhone
  2. Tap the Undo button.

Q. How do you TYPE IN ALL CAPS? ipadshiftlock

A. Double-tap the shift key to enable caps lock.

  1. The shift key will turn from gray to blue when locked.
  2. Tap the shift key again to return to normal case.

While your visiting the Keyboard Settings in the tip above, you should definitely set up your own personalized Text Shortcuts. For example, Apple preset “omw” to suggest “On my way!”

  1. Tap Settings/ General/ Keyboard/ and look for the very last item in the settings panel.
  2. Tap Add New Shortcut…
  3. Enter your own commonly used Phrase.
  4. Enter the Shortcut that will suggest your phrase.
  5. Tap Save.

For More Information…

Visit Apple’s website for complete support and reference information, including links to PDF versions of all iPhone and iPad user guides:

Apple iPhone Support – Get Started http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/getstarted/

Apple iPhone Manuals http://support.apple.com/manuals/iphone/

Apple iPad Support – Get Started http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/getstarted/

Apple iPad Manuals http://support.apple.com/manuals/ipad/