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5 iPad Tips and Tricks to Get the Most from Your New Tablet

How to copy and paste on iPad:

The copy and paste feature on the iPad can save you valuable time while surfing the web, emailing, and while using certain applications. To use the copy and paste function simply press and hold over the text you want to copy. After around 2 seconds a magnifying glass appears and the word it intends to select is highlighted in blue. Next adjust the magnifier to select the text you would like copied. Use the two blue sliders to capture the amount of text that you wish to copy. Next select the copy pop-up bubble above the highlighted text. To paste the recently copied text click and hold the screen in the editing area where you wish to paste the text for about 2 seconds. Select the paste pop-up bubble to paste the text in to the desired editing field.

How to Extend the iPad battery life:

The original iPad and iPad 2 have great battery life considering their super bright 9.7 screens. However, there are ways to even get better battery life from your iPad by following these tips below.

  1. Turn off 3G- If you have a 3G iPad and can use a free Wi-Fi network turn of your 3G data. To turn off simply go to Settings > Cellular Data > select Off.
  2. Turn off Bluetooth and GPS- by switching these 2 settings off you will find that your iPad will last a few more hours when you need it. To turn off Bluetooth go to Settings > General > Bluetooth > slide to Off. For those with 3G models we can disable GPS (location based services) by going to Setting > Location Service > slide to Off.
  3. Adjust Display Brightness- The biggest battery killer on any device be it Laptop, Smartphone, or Tablet is always the display or screen. You can save a bunch of battery life by not only turning your display brightness down, but also by making the screen lock faster. To adjust the display head to settings>brightness & wallpaper. There you will see a slider that controls your display brightness. You can also choose auto-brightness but sometimes that may not help. To make the iPad screen lock initiate faster head to Settings> General> Auto-lock> select 2 minutes. The display on the iPad will go black after 2 minutes of inactivity. To wake up simply press the sleep/wake button on the top of the device.
  4. Turn off background app refresh

How to connect iPad to TV:

We all know that the iPad can provide hours of gaming, movies, and music entertainment while on the road. So, what if you want all this plastered up on your big screen at home? There are a couple of ways to connect your iPad to your TV in order to get all those iTunes goodies right in the living room.

Apple TV & Airplay: : If you own an Apple TV you can stream content from your iPad or iOS device over Wi-Fi to your Apple TV. Remember that your Apple TV and iPad must be on the same network for this to work. You will also be able to control your content directly from your device when you install the Remote app from Apple. If you have an iPad 2 with iOS 5 AirPlay does support mirroring, so you can watch apps on your HDTV even if they don't support the video out functionality of the iPad.

Apple Digital AV Adapter: This adapter from Apple allows you to hook up an HDMI cable directly to your iPad 30-pin doc connector port. The original iPad is capable of 720p video with the Digital AV Adapter, and the iPad 2 supports signals up to 1080p. If your TV does not have HDMI input, Apple also makes adapters for Composite and VGA connections.

How to take a screenshot on iPad:

Taking a screenshot on your iPad can come in handy for a number of reasons. If you want to share a high-score in a game, or show somebody a problem you are having, a screenshot from your iPad can come in handy. To take a screenshot simply press the sleep/wake button and at the same time press the home button. The iPad will generate a screenshot that can be found in the Photos app on the main screen.

Select multiple files on your iPad:

Yes, that’s right, you can make multi-item selections in apps. Whether you’re selecting photos, files, images or documents, doing it in bulk can save you an enormous amount of time. Simply tap and hold the first item you desire until it stands out. Keeping your finger on the first item, tap on all of the other files you wish to add to the batch. You can also complete this action while dragging and dropping across other apps.