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Search for iPad 2 Items with Spotlight

The search feature in iPad (Spotlight) helps you quickly find photos, music, e-mails, contacts, movies, and more. Because Spotlight is so easy to use, and it provides quick results, it has its own screen [more…]

For Seniors: How to Charge the iPad's Battery

When an iPad's battery runs out of power, you'll need to recharge it. While an iPad is not plugged in, it draws power from its battery, and eventually you'll need to either recharge the battery or pull [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install iTunes on a Computer

Download the iTunes application to your computer so that you use it to sync (transfer) downloaded content to your iPad. iTunes comes on your iPad, and it helps organize media — music, movies, audiobooks [more…]

For Seniors: How to Open an iTunes Account

Open an iTunes account (Apple ID) to purchase media such as music, movies, audiobooks, podcasts, and so on. Install iTunes on your computer, and setup an iTunes account to create the Apple ID. With it, [more…]

For Seniors: Use the iPad Online User Guide

The iPad online User Guide is similar to the Help system on a Windows or Mac computer. The online help guide is accessed through the Safari browser, as a bookmarked site. [more…]

For Seniors: Update Your iPad's Operating System

It's important to update your iPad's operating system whenever a new iOS (iPad operating system) is released, in order to keep the iPad running in tip-top shape. An operating system update typically adds [more…]

For Seniors: How to Multitask on an iPad 2

Multitasking on your iPad 2 lets you easily switch from one app to another without closing the first one and returning to the Home screen.

You might multitask if you want to open the browser and look up [more…]

For Seniors: Explore the iPad Status Bar

Across the top of the iPad screen is the Status bar. Tiny icons in this area can provide useful information, such as the time, battery level, and wireless-connection status. [more…]

For Seniors: Understand iPad 2's Built-in Applications

The iPad 2 comes with certain applications (apps) built in, such as Safari, Mail, Contacts, iPod, Photos, and Calendar. Icons for each application appear on the iPad's Home screen. To get the most out [more…]

For Seniors: Wake, Sleep, or Turn Off the iPad

The iPad can be turned on or off like any other electronic device. You can also put the iPad to sleep, and wake it when you need it again. Using Sleep mode [more…]

For Seniors: Get Help Reading Text on iPad 2

As your eyes age, it gets harder and harder to read text on-screen, even on the iPad 2. The iPad can tell you what's on screen. You can also enlarge the iPad's on-screen text. Both features are helpful [more…]

For Seniors: Connect to the Internet with Your iPad 2

Internet access is important when using the iPad 2. When connected to the Internet, you can browse web pages, check your e-mail, connect with friends using FaceTime, receive iMessages, purchase media from [more…]

For Seniors: Use Safari Web Browser on iPad 2

Once your iPad 2 is connected to the Internet, browse web pages using the Safari web browser. With Safari, you can browse a wide world of information, entertainment, education, and more on the Internet [more…]

For Seniors: Adjust the iPad 2 Screen

For the visually-challenged, the iPad's screen might seem dark and hard to use. To make the iPad screen easier to read, adjust its brightness. For higher contrast, switch to a simple black and white screen [more…]

For Seniors: Change the iPad 2 Wallpaper

The wallpaper of water drops — the default iPad background image — may be pretty, but it may not be the one that works best for you. Choosing different wallpaper may help you to see all the icons on your [more…]

For Seniors: Zoom In and Out on iPad 2

The Zoom feature on iPad 2 lets you zoom in (enlarge) the contents displayed on the iPad screen. After zooming in, you can quickly zoom out again when desired, to view text and images displayed on-screen [more…]

For Seniors: Adjust the Audio on iPad 2

If you're hearing-impaired, adjust the volume on your iPad 2 so that it's more comfortable. If you use headphones with your iPad, you can adjust its audio as well to favor your good ear. [more…]

For Seniors: Explore iTunes on the iPad 2

With the iTunes app on iPad, you can shop for music, movies, TV shows, audiobooks, podcasts, and even online classes at Apple’s iTunes Store. The iTunes app is pre-installed on iPad 2, so you need do nothing [more…]

For Seniors: Sort or Preview iTunes Selections on iPad

iTunes on iPad lets you shop for music, movies, audiobooks, and more. Before making a purchase at the iTunes Store, you might want to preview your selections, or at least sort them for an easier review [more…]

For Seniors: Buy Media on iTunes

On your iPad 2, you can buy music, movies, audiobooks, and more at the iTunes Store. Media you purchase through iTunes is typically downloaded directly to your iPad or to your computer and then synced [more…]

For Seniors: Download Apps for iPad 2

iPad 2 comes with many pre-installed apps, although you'll want to add the ones that suit your lifestyle, such as iBooks, Pandora, and AARP. Some iPad apps are free, while others cost anywhere from 99 [more…]

For Seniors: Organize iPad 2 Applications on Home Screens

Your iPad 2 can display up to 11 Home screens. You organize iPad apps (applications) on these various Home screens. The main Home screen contains preinstalled apps; other Home screens are created to contain [more…]

For Seniors: Organize iPad 2 Apps in Folders

As with iPhone, iPad lets you organize apps in folders. With so many useful applications, it's practical to group similar apps together in folders so you can locate them easily. iPad comes with many built-in [more…]

For Seniors: Delete Apps from Your iPad 2

You can delete (remove) iPad 2 apps if you decide that you no longer need them. Deleting unwanted applications from your iPad saves precise space for the apps you actually do use. You can only delete apps [more…]

For Seniors: Download Free Podcasts from iTunes U

iTunes U is a compilation of free online courses from universities and other providers, available through iTunes. Courses at iTunes U are presented in podcasts, and are easily playable on your iPad 2. [more…]

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