How to Open a Webpage on the iPad - dummies

How to Open a Webpage on the iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The iPad’s glorious display, especially on the third-generation’s new screen, in combination with the Apple-designed, dual-core A5 chip inside the machine, makes browsing the web on Apple’s tablet an absolute delight.

You might as well open your first web page now — and it’s a full HTML page, to borrow from techie lingo:

  1. Tap the Safari icon docked at the bottom of the Home screen.

    It’s another member of the Fantastic Four (along with Mail, Photos, and Music).

  2. Tap the address field.


  3. Begin typing the web address, or URL, on the virtual keyboard that slides up from the bottom of the screen.

  4. Do one of the following:

    1. To accept one of the bookmarked (or other) sites that show up in the list, merely tap the name.

      Safari automatically fills in the URL in the address field and takes you where you want to go.

    2. Keep tapping the proper keyboard characters until you enter the complete web address for the site you have in mind and then tap the Go key on the right side of the keyboard.

      You don’t need to type www at the beginning of a URL. So, if you want to visit (for example), typing is sufficient to transport you to the humor site. For that matter, Safari can take you to this site even if you type theonion without the .com.

Because Safari on the iPad runs a variation of the iPhone mobile operating system, every so often you may run into a site that serves up the light, or mobile, version of a website, sometimes known as a WAP site.

Graphics may be stripped down on these sites. Alas, the producers of these sites may be unwittingly discriminating against you for dropping in on them by using an iPad. In fact, you may be provided a choice of which site you want — the light or the full version.