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The iPad Big Picture: What It Does

The iPad has many best-of-class features, but perhaps its most unusual feature is the lack of a physical keyboard or stylus. Instead, it has a 9.7-inch super-high-resolution touchscreen that you operate [more…]

The iPad’s Home Screen Icons

The original iPad's Home screen displayed 17 icons, with each icon representing a different built-in application or function. If you have a second- or third-generation iPad, you have three additional apps [more…]

How to Tap, Flick, Pinch, and Conrol the iPad Display

The iPad, like the iPhone, dispenses with a physical mouse and keyboard. Apple is once again living up to an old company advertising slogan to “Think Different.” [more…]

Navigate beyond the iPad Home Screen

The Home screen is not the only screen of icons on your iPad tablet. After you start adding apps from the iTunes App Store, you may see two or more tiny dots among the Safari, Mail, Photos, and Music icons [more…]

The Virtual iPad Keyboard

Instead of a physical keyboard, several “soft” or “virtual” English-language keyboard layouts slide up from the bottom of the iPad screen, all variations on the alphabetical keyboard, the numeric and punctuation [more…]

International Keyboard Layouts for iPad

Apple is expanding the iPad’s reach globally with international keyboard layouts on the iPad for dozens of languages. To access a keyboard that isn’t customized for Americanized English, tap Settings→General→Keyboard→International [more…]

Wi-Fi Options for the iPad

Wi-Fi is the chief way to browse the web (or send e-mail, access the App Store or iTunes Store, or check out YouTube) on the iPad. But for all the places you can find an Internet [more…]

How to Look at Web Links with Safari

Surfing the web on the iPad would be a real drag if you had to enter a URL in Safari every time you want to navigate from one page to another. That’s why bookmarks are so useful and why handy links are [more…]

How to Open Flash on the iPad

The iPad's lack of support for Adobe Flash video for web pages is a void that is unlikely to ever get addressed. Even Adobe is no longer embracing Flash for mobile devices. But because Flash has been the [more…]

Tabbed Browsing on the iPad

Safari on the iPad lets you open up to nine pages simultaneously, but the iOS 5 and 5.1 versions dump the awkward multipage interface and gain instead a brilliant rendition of tabbed browsing similar to [more…]

How to Change and Manage Bookmarks on the iPad

If you decide a website you previously bookmarked with Safari on your iPad is no longer meaningful, you can change it or get rid of it: [more…]

How to Use Safari's Reading List on the iPad

When you visit a web page on your iPad you’d like to read, but just not now, the Reading List feature is sure to come in handy. Here’s how it works: [more…]

How to Clip a Web Page on the iPad

In their infinite wisdom, the folks at Apple let you use Safari on your iPad to bestow special privileges on your most frequently visited websites, a process called clipping. [more…]

How to Use Safari's History Option

The Safari web browser on the iPad records the web pages you visit and keeps the logs on hand for several days. Sometimes, you want to revisit a site that you failed to bookmark, but you can’t remember [more…]

How to Do a Web Search in Safari

Conducting a search with Safari on your iPad is quite simple. The figure shows a Google search about iPads on the iPad. The default search engine on the iPad is Google [more…]

How to Save Web Pictures on the iPad

You can capture most pictures you come across on a website when you are surfing the web with Safari on your iPad. However, be mindful of any potential copyright violations, depending on what you plan to [more…]

Smart Safari Settings for the iPad

When you want to take action to protect your privacy and maintain your security, tap the Settings icon on the Home screen and then tap Safari. Along with the riches galore found on the Internet are places [more…]

Set Up Your E-mail Account on the iPad

If you don’t want to sync the e-mail accounts on your Mac or PC, you can set up an e-mail account on your iPad manually. It’s not quite as easy as clicking a box and syncing your iPad, but it’s not rocket [more…]

Set Up an IMAP or POP E-mail Account on Your iPad

If your e-mail account that you want to use on your iPad is with a provider other than iCloud, Gmail (Google), Yahoo!, AOL, Microsoft Hotmail, or MobileMe, you have a bit more work ahead of you. You need [more…]

Set Up Corporate E-mail on Your iPad

The iPad makes nice with the Microsoft Exchange servers that are a staple in large enterprises, as well as many smaller businesses.

What’s more, if your company supports Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, you [more…]

How to Read E-mail on Your iPad

To read your iPad mail, tap the Mail icon on the Home screen. Remember that what appears on the screen depends on whether you’re holding the iPad in landscape or portrait mode, and what was on the screen [more…]

Your Location with Maps on the iPad

With Maps on the iPad or iPhone, you can quickly and easily discover exactly where you are, find nearby restaurants and businesses, get turn-by-turn driving instructions from any address to any other address [more…]

How to Find Things with Maps on the iPad

You can use the Maps app on the iPad to find a person, place, or thing. The Maps app requires Internet access to function but don’t rely on your iPad’s web browser [more…]

Views in Maps on the iPad

Here’s a look at some ways that you can use what you find in the Maps app on the iPad. First, find out how to work with what you see on the screen. Four views are available at any time: Standard, Satellite [more…]

Connect Maps and Contacts on Your iPad

Maps and Contacts on the iPad go together like peanut butter and jelly. For example, here are two helpful tasks that illustrate Maps and Contacts at work. [more…]

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