Using the iPad mini Multitouch Screen

Part of the iPad mini For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Getting used to the iPad mini multitouch screen and virtual keyboard can take time; swiping, tapping, flicking, and pinching help you handle tasks like deleting apps and making pictures larger. Using your iPad mini's touchscreen icons, buttons, and connections works like this:

  • Flick a finger to scroll through music, pictures, e-mails, contacts, and more.

  • Tap against the screen to open applications, play songs, choose photos, and so on.

  • Pinch and spread (unpinch) to enlarge web pages and pictures, or make them smaller. The actions involve placing your thumb and index finger against the screen. Then, keeping the thumb in place, drag your index finger to pinch or spread accordingly.

  • Swipe from bottom to top on the screen to use Control Center to turn on and off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more.

  • Swipe from top to bottom on the screen to open the Notification Center; swipe from bottom to top to close it.

  • Trust the virtual keyboard. The touchscreen provides visual suggestions and corrects mistakes on the fly.

  • Hold your finger against the screen to correct errors. A magnifying glass lets you position the pointer in the precise spot you want to edit.

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