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How to Surf the Internet on Your iPad 2

Your iPad 2 comes equipped with Safari, a web browser for surfing the Internet. If you've never used Safari, here's a quick rundown of how it works on your iPad 2. It offers all the typical browser tools, but an important iPad twist is how you can use gestures on the touchscreen to manipulate pages and navigate the web.

Though Safari is a fine browser, you aren't limited to it. You can download other browsers to iPad, such as Atomic Web Browser and Duo Browser.

After you connected to a network, tap the Safari icon on the Home screen. Safari opens, probably displaying the Apple iPad home page the first time you go online.

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Use the following methods to move around the page:

  • Enlarge the view (zoom in): Put two fingers together on the screen and drag them apart.

  • Shrink the view (zoom out): Put two fingers some distance apart on the screen and drag them together.

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  • Restore screen size: Double-tap the screen with a single finger to restore the default screen size.

  • Scroll down the page: Put your finger on the screen and flick upward to scroll down the page.

  • Return to the top of the web page: Put your finger on the screen and drag downward, or tap the Status bar at the top of the screen.

Using the pinch method to enlarge or reduce the size of a web page on your screen allows you to enlarge or reduce the screen to various sizes, giving you more flexibility and control than the double-tap method. When you enlarge the display, you gain more control using two fingers to drag from left to right or from top to bottom on the screen. On a reduced display, one finger works fine for making these gestures.

These actions help you navigate among pages:

  • Tap in the Address field to display the onscreen keyboard.

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  • To clear the field, press the Delete key on the keyboard. Enter a web address, using the .com key to make entry faster. Hold down the .com key to get access to options like .edu, .gov, and .net.

  • Tap the Go key on the keyboard to display the website.

    • If, for some reason, a page doesn't display, tap the Reload icon on the end of the Address field.

    • If Safari is loading a web page and you change your mind about viewing the page, you can tap the Cancel icon (the X) that appears at the end of the Address field during this process to stop loading the page.

  • Tap the Previous arrow to go backward to the last page Safari displayed.

  • Tap the Next arrow to go forward to the page you just came from by tapping Previous.

  • To follow a link to another web page, tap the link with your finger.

    To view the destination web address of the link before you tap it, just touch and hold the link, and a menu appears that displays the address at the top.

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By default, AutoFill is turned on in iPad, causing entries you make in fields such as the address field to automatically display possible matching entries. You can turn off AutoFill in iPad Settings.

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