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iPad has become a must have  device for  everyone. But some Apple lovers are not masters of the devices they use. Not everyone succeeds in the art of mastering an iPad. Nearly half of the iPad owners are technically challenged. Here are some tips and tricks that you could use to gain some expertise in operating the iPad. Read on!

Let’s face it! iPad typing is not as convenient as typing in a real  keyboard. Although we love to flaunt our typing skills with an iPad, it is not easy for some of us, especially when you want to use punctuations. This is not available on the virtual screen. A little trick here to make it simple.  Swiping up quickly on the comma key inserts an apostrophe. Swiping up on the period key inserts a quotation mark.  This trick can actually save a lot of time.
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If you press and hold on a vowel, for example, and a popover containing accented versions of the selected character appears. Similarly, holding down punctuation marks can provide extra options. The standalone Period key—the one on the punctuation keyboard, not the main keyboard—hides an ellipsis. The hyphen offers an em-dash and bullet. And the dollar sign hides symbols for numerous currencies which is pretty cool. When a regular keyboard like the Apple iPad dock or a blue tooth keyboard is connected to the iPad you can use some of the same keyboard shortcuts you’ve gotten used to on your Mac. Text editing key combinations—like Command-C, X, and V for Copy, Cut, and Paste—all work, as does Command-Shift-Arrow key-based text selection.

Other key combinations that work include Undo and Redo (Command-Z and Shift-Command-Z, respectively), and Emacs-style cursor shortcuts like Control-A, Control-E, and Control-K. Even with the iPad 2 introducing a new design, external keyboards should still work with Apple’s latest tablet. Apple, for example, lists its Wireless Keyboard as an accessory for the iPad 2.

When you are using the on screen keyboard, the key to gaining expertise in typing is to trust your Autocorrect option and more importantly, when you type a little slow; there is a chance of using the back space key more often. The Auto correct option in the iPad corrects your errors automatically and replaces with the right choice of words. With the introduction of the multi tasking bar, Apple made it a little trickier to find music playback controls. Double-tap the Home button, swipe the whole shebang towards the right. Doing so will reveal several controls: playback buttons (Reverse, Play/Pause, and Skip, along with sliders for brightness and volume

The brand new iPads shows just four applications in the dock. Because of this, users keep only four applications at a time. But the secret is that it can hold 6 applications. Move all frequently-accessed apps to the dock. To do this press and hold on any app icon until the apps start to jiggle, and then drag the app you’d like to move right into the Dock.

Double-tapping the Home button, or swiping to the left of your first home screen, takes you to Spotlight search. It’s a great way to launch apps, find specific e-mails, or look up an individual contact. But if you never use the iPad’s calendar, or Audiobooks, or Podcasts, you can remove those from your Spotlight search results. Rearranging the order in which Spotlight presents search results can also be done. To do this launch the Settings app, tap on General, and then tap Spotlight Search. Uncheck the categories you don’t want to search, and tap and drag on the right-aligned handles to adjust the sorting.  If you have too many apps your iPad and can’t find the one you want, instead of paging through home screen after home screen, use Spotlight as a virtual keyboard launcher.

Tap the Home button to get to your first home screen, and then either tap it again or swipe to reveal Spotlight. Start typing the first few letters of the app’s name, and then tap on the right result to launch it instantly. Spotlight automatically surfaces your most frequently used apps at the top of its matching results, which is often very useful.

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