also fully capable of running the latest version of Apple's iOS
operating system and great apps like iMovie and GarageBand. Here we
present 50 really useful iPad 2 tips. We cover everything from
customising your Home screen through to getting more from built-in apps
like Mail and Safari. The vast majority of these tips will also work on
the original iPad, so owners of the first generation device shouldn't
feel neglected. For 50 more iPad tips, check out a new iPad app called 100 Tricks & Tips for iPad 2, brought to you by our colleagues on MacFormat.

1. Create folders
now supports folders. To create a folder all you need to do is tap and
hold on an app until they all start to jiggle, then drag the app over
another icon and release. Your iPad will create a folder with both the
apps in. The folder will be named according to the category of the apps
it contains, but you can rename it as you like.

iPad 2 folders

2. Access all running apps
the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in
a bar along the bottom of the screen. To switch to a running app just
tap on it here in this bar. Just swipe the screen downwards to remove
this bar.

iPad 2 running apps

3. Orientation Lock or Mute?
internet got mightily upset when Orientation Lock was replaced with
Mute on the iPad during the last iOS update. Apple listened, and now you
can head to Settings > General to choose between Lock Rotation and

iPad 2 orientation

4. Passcode Denied… DELETE ALL!
you're carrying around sensitive data, you can now enable a feature
that'll erase all the data on the device if someone inputs the incorrect
passcode 10 times. Navigate to Settings > General > Passcode Lock
> Erase Data.

iPad 2 passcode

5. Home Sharing
turn on Home Sharing in iTunes (Advanced menu) and on your iPad
(Settings > iPod and enter your Apple ID). Next, launch the iPod app
on your iPad. In the left column, find the little house with "Library"
next to it. Tap on that and then on one of the Shared Libraries. It
might take a few minutes to update, but then you can watch and listen to
all of that Library's media on your iPad.

iPad 2 home sharing

6. Control iPad notifications
you ever played Tap Tap Revenge on the iPhone? Good, then you know how
annoying notifications can be. These messages pop up on the iPad as
well. but you can control them. Go to Settings, Notifications, and
configure which alerts (and accompanying sounds) will appear.

iPad 2 notifications

7. Go VPN
iPad supports a VPN connection. To configure it, go to Settings, then
General > Network. Select the VPN and move the slider to On, then add
a VPN configuration with your server and account details.

iPad 2 vpn

8. Stop asking to join Wi-Fi networks
you're fed up of getting bugged by messages asking if you'd like to
join this or that Wi- Fi network all the time then head to Settings,
Wi-Fi and turn off Ask to Join Networks. You can still join any network
that will have you from this same screen, it just won't bug you
constantly when the opportunity arises.

iPad 2 wifi

9. Turn battery percentage off
you find the battery charge percentage distracting? The good news is
you can turn it off very easily. Go to Settings, General, Usage and you
can turn it off here.

iPad 2 battery percentage

10. Quick volume mute
the iPad first launched, there was no dedicated mute button anywhere on
the device. However, with iOS 4.3 Apple has given you the choice of
using the lock switch to mute the sound or lock the iPad's orientation.
Either way, a good tip for quickly muting your iPad is to press and hold
the Volume-down button.

iPad 2 volume mute

11. Use an Apple keyboard
a real keyboard? Any Apple Wireless Keyboard will work with the iPad.
In fact, your iPad will work with any Bluetooth keyboard. Some iPad
cases have a keyboard built in, which can be handy.

12. Connect to an HD TV
can connect the iPad 2 to your HD television using Apple's new Digital
AV Adapter (which connects from your 30-pin Dock adaptor to a HDMI port)
or a plain old Apple VGA Adaptor. Both are available from the Apple
Store. The iPad 2 supports video mirroring, so your entire Home screen
will appear on the TV, not just the videos you play.

Connect ipad 2 to hdtv

13. AirPlay: Stream movies, photos and music
you see the AirPlay icon on your iPad it means you can stream whatever
media you're viewing to your Apple TV, which is usually connected to
your living room TV. All you need to do is tap the AirPlay icon (which
looks like a rectangle with a triangle in it) and it starts playing
automatically - it's so simple!

Stream ipad 2

14. Take an iPad screenshot
can take a screenshot on your iPad by pressing Home and then the
Sleep/Wake button. The screen will flash and you'll hear a click,
indicating that a photo has been taken. Your screen shots are saved
automatically in your Photos gallery. Here, you can view or email them
as you see fit.

15. Avoid underpowered USB docks
iPad does not charge when you connect it to some USB docks or even
certain ports on some notebooks. Instead, plug in to a high power USB
port (check you computer's specs, or use a powered USB dock). On some
PCs, USB ports on the front of the computer are lower power, so you will
need to plug into one on the back.

16. Use Multitasking Gestures
Gestures, which utilise four and five finger gestures, are available in
Settings only to iPad owners who have installed Xcode on a Mac. You
need to buy Xcode from the Mac App Store ($5/£2.99) and install it, then
from the Xcode homescreen, select your iPad and click on the Use for
Development button. You'll be asked for your developer account details,
but if you click on Cancel at this stage it still works.

iPad 2 multitasking gestures

17. Restrict your Spotlight searches
left on the Home screen to reveal the Spotlight search. By default it
searches everything including songs in your iPod, podcasts, apps and
events. To restrict the areas it searches, since you may not want all
these categories included, look in Settings > General > Spotlight

iPAd 2 spotlight searches

18. Add a Google Calendar
to add your Google Calendar to the iPad's Calendar app? No problem. In
Settings open Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Add an account and tap on
Other. Tap on Add CalDAV Account and enter your Google Account
credentials (the Server is Exit the Settings app and
tap on the Calendar app and all your events should appear. By default
all calendars are displayed, but you can tap on the Calendars button to
choose which ones are shown.

iPad 2 google calendar

19. Find My iPhone (or iPad) is now free
Find My iPad works for MobileMe subscribers, but you can set it up for
free on your iPad. In Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars tap the
Add Account button and select MobileMe.
you have an iTunes or MobileMe account then enter it here.
Alternatively, tap on Create Free Apple ID. You may need to check your
inbox and verify your account now. Return to the MobileMe screen and
switch on Find My iPad. Now sign into to see your iPad on a map,
or install the Find My iPhone app from the App Store.

Find my iphone

20. Use AirPrint
to AirPrint you can print right from your iPad, provided you've got a
compatible printer, of course. If you've got an AirPrint ready printer
then you just choose Print from the Share menu for virtually any open
document. AirPrint works with the new range of printers from HP, and you
can use a Mac app called Printopia ( to print to any
printer connected to a Mac.


21. Use a Smart Cover
new iPad Smart Cover (from £35/$39) is a must have iPad accessory -
it's not just a dumb cover. When you draw it over the iPad's screen it
puts it to sleep for you, and wakes it up when you open it. Also, it
latches onto special magnets built into the side of the iPad 2, so it's a
perfect fit.

Smart cover

22. Share from Pages
Pages documents from your iPad by syncing with iTunes on your Mac or PC
is a real hassle. It's much quicker to use the Share menu to email the
finished document to wherever you need it to be. Also, you can email it
as a Word or PDF document if you like.

Share from pages

23. Turn iPad caps lock on
type a capital letter on the onscreen keyboard you first tap the left
or right shift key, then the letter. If you need to type a whole word in
caps this can be painful. Save time typing in caps by turning the caps
lock on. To do this double tap on either shift key.

iPad caps lock

24. Copy and paste
can quickly copy and paste text by tapping and holding down, and then
choosing Select to select the exact portion of text you'd like the copy.
Next tap Copy, then go to a different app, and tap and hold down again,
then tap Paste from the menu that appears. Top tip: To select an entire
paragraph of text you need to tap four times.

iPad 2 copy paste

25. Replace a word
you hold down on a word to copy it, choose Select, then you will see a
new option: Replace. Tap this and, you can see suggestions for
alternative words that have similar spellings. It's a good way of
quickly correcting typos.

iPad 2 replace word