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 and the row of icons directly above them, plus a tiny Spotlight search magnifying glass to the left of the dots.

Those dots denote additional screens, each containing up to 20 additional icons, not counting the four to six separate icons that are docked at the bottom of each of these Home screens. (You can actually have fewer than four docked icons at the bottom.)

Here’s what you need to know about navigating among the screens:

  • To navigate between screens, flick your finger from right to left or left to right across the middle of the screen, or tap directly on the dots. The number of dots you see represents the current number of screens on your iPad. The dot that’s all white denotes the screen that you’re currently viewing.

    You can also drag your finger in either horizontal direction to see a different screen. Unlike flicking —you may prefer the term swiping —dragging your finger means keeping it pressed against the screen until you reach your desired page.

  • Make sure you swipe and not just tap or you’ll probably open one of the application icons instead of switching screens.

  • Press the Home button to jump back to the Home screen.

  • The Dock — that is, the Safari, Mail, Photos, and Music icons in the bottom row — stays put as you switch screens. In other words, only the first 20 icons on the screen change when you move from one screen to another.

    You can add one or two more icons to the Dock if you so choose. Or, move one of the four default icons into the main area of the Home screen to make space available for additional app icons you may use more often.

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