iPad For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The iPad is cool and perfect for many seniors because it provides a very simple, intuitive interface for doing things like checking e-mail and scheduling appointments. With the easy-to-use tables in this guide, you can get up to speed with various iPad settings. In no time, you’ll start mastering the skills you need to become a confident iPad user.
What You Can Do with iPad General Settings
Use iPad’s General settings to set up basic functionality for your everyday use. You access the General settings by tapping the Settings app icon on the Home screen and then tapping General.
|About||Information about downloaded content, apps, memory, iPad serial
number and model, and your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth addresses, plus
support, and legal and regulatory jargon.
|Software Update||Check this for updates to the iPad operating system.|
|Siri||Settings for turning the Siri voice command assistant on,
changing the language, choosing hands-free only or all-voice
feedback, and choosing whose information Siri uses from the
|Spotlight Search||Access settings for the types of content the iPad search
feature returns in search results and the order in which results
|Handoff & Suggested Apps||Turn on Handoff to be able to pick up something started on one
device on another, such as listening to music or reading a
|Multitasking||Allow more than one app to appear in the multitasking view,
allow videos to continue playing when in multitasking mode, and
enable Multitasking Gestures to use four or five fingers for
|Accessibility||Set features for people with visual, hearing, or dexterity
|Lock Rotation||Tap to set up the Side Switch to lock screen rotation.|
|Mute||Tap to set up the Side Switch to mute sounds.|
|Storage and iCloud Usage||Displays total iCloud storage, battery usage, and if you have a
Wi-Fi and 3G/4G iPad model, shows data usage on the cellular
|Auto-Lock||Set the amount of time for inactivity at which iPad
automatically auto-locks the screen.
|Restrictions||Set restrictions on Safari, YouTube, and iTunes, as well as
restrict installation of applications and location services.
Specify allowed content for music, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and
|Lock/Unlock||When on this feature automatically locks and unlocks iPad when
the iPad cover is closed.
|Date & Time||Choose 24-hour time and time zone and set the correct date and
|Keyboard||Set correction features of the keyboard such as
Auto-Capitalization and spelling check.
|Language & Region||Specify the language for onscreen information and keyboard.
Choose region format for date, time, and phone numbers.
|iTunes Wi-Fi Sync||Settings for syncing with iTunes on a computer on a local
|VPN||Add a configuration for a virtual private network.|
|Regulatory||A list of all regulatory compliances such as FCC and other
countries’ similar regulations.
|Reset||Reset all settings or selected settings to factory defaults,
such as network or keyboard.
iPad Mail, Contacts, and Calendar Settings
For the social and organizational parts of your brain, iPad makes available Mail, Contacts, and Calendar apps. You access the settings listed here by tapping the Settings app icon on the Home screen and then tapping Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
|Add Account||Add and manage e-mail accounts.|
|Fetch New Data||Turn on/off the feature to push new e-mails and contacts and
calendar info for Microsoft Exchange and iCloud accounts to you
|Preview||Set how many lines in e-mail messages are to show in the Inbox
|Show To/Cc Label||Turn display of To/Cc label on or off in e-mails.|
|Swipe Options||Set up what Swipe Left and Swipe Right do in a list of emails;
by default swiping left flags an email and swiping right marks an
email as read.
|Flag Style||Set up whether a flagged email changes the color of the circle
to the left of it, or changes the shape to a small flag
|Ask Before Deleting||Turn on to display a confirmation dialog before deleting
|Load Remote Images||Control whether images on websites are displayed; displaying
such images can allow a site to gather some information about you
and your iPad.
|Organize by Thread||Turn on a feature to organize e-mail messages among the same
group of correspondents so those messages appear together in a
|Always Bcc Myself||Turn on to send a copy of every e-mail to yourself. (This is in
addition to saving a copy in the Sent folder.)
|Mark Addresses||Specify to mark addresses that don’t end with a certain
extension such as .com and .gov.
|Increase Quote Level||Turn on to automatically indent text when forwarding or reply
to a message in Mail.
|Signature||Change the signature at the end of all your messages.
(“Sent from my iPad” is the default message.)
|Default Account||Specify which account other apps use by default when you share
data from them via e-mail.
|Sort Order||Specify sort order for contacts (first/last or last/first
|Display Order||Specify display order for contacts (first/last or
|Short Name||Turn on Short Name to allow the Mail app to fit more names on
|My Info||Associate your iPad with a specific contact.|
|Default Account||Choose which email account is your default account when you
|Contacts Found in Mail||Turn this setting off to have apps stop suggesting that a
person’s name in an email be added to Contacts.
|Time Zone Override||Turn on Time Zone Support to show event data and times in your
time zone; set your time zone.
|Alternate Calendars||Turn on and choose a Chinese, Hebrew, or Islamic calendar.|
|Week Numbers||Turn on to view week numbers in the Calendar app.|
|Show Invitee Declines||Turn On to show invitations that have been declined.|
|Sync||Control how far back events are synced via iCloud or when you
connect to your computer and iTunes.
|Default Alert Times||Set up how far ahead you should be alerted for various events
such as birthdays and all-day events.
|Start Week On||Choose which day of the week your week should begin on in
|Default Calendar||Choose whether to use the preinstalled Calendar program or a
calendar synced from your computer, managed in iCloud, or synced
from a service such as Gmail or AOL.
|Events Found in Mail||Turn this off to stop having unconfirmed events mentioned in
emails from being added to your Calendar.
|New Invitation Alerts||Turn on alerts when you get a new invitation in Mail.|
|Shared Calendar Alerts||Enables alerts from various calendars you’re sharing with
the Calendar app.