Navigation and Gestures

lock iphone orientation

 Lock Screen Orientation

The iPad screen switches to either the portrait or landscape view in response to the way you hold the device. What if I want to lock the screen orientation to one view so that the screen doesn't rotate to another? Easy. This w will work on both an iPad and iPhone.

  1. Hold the device to the orientation you want: Portrait or Landscape
  2. Open the Control Centre by flicking up from the bottom of the screen. (See the Control Centre on this page). 
  3. Tap the Orientation icon (see the screenshot).
  4. To unlock it, tap the Orientation icon again.



The Buttons on the iPad

Buttons on the iPad


Touching the iPad

The iPad touchscreen technology allows you to swipe your finger across the screen or tap an icon to provide input to the device. Just as you may have become used to with your mobile phone, you use the pads of your fingertips (not your fingernails). There are several methods you can use for getting around and getting things done on an iPad using its Multi-Touch screen, including:

  • Tap once. To open an application on the Home screen, choose a field such as a search box, select an item in a list, select a backward arrow to move back one screen, or follow an online link, tap the item once with your finger.
  • Tap twice. Use this method to enlarge or reduce the display of a Web page or zoom in or out in the Maps app.
  • You can use a three-finger tap to zoom your screen to be even larger. This is handy if you have vision challenges.
  • Pinch. As an alternative to the tap-twice method, you can pinch your fingers together or move them apart on the screen when you're looking at photos, maps, Web pages, or e-mail messages to quickly reduce or enlarge them
  • Drag to scroll (also referred to as swiping). When you press your finger to the screen and drag to the right, left, up, or down, you move around the screen.
  • Flick. To scroll more quickly on a page, quickly flick your finger on the screen in the direction you want to move.
  • Tap the Status bar. To move quickly to the top of a list, Web page, or e-mail message, tap the Status bar at the top of the iPad screen.
  • Press and hold. If you're in any application where you can select text, such as Notes or Mail, or if you're on a Web page, pressing and holding near text will select a word and bring up editing tools that allow you to select, cut, or copy text. You can also use this method to reposition the insertion point under the magnifying glass icon that appears.


Want to practice?  Try these out.

  1. Tap the Safari button to display the Web browser. (You may be asked to enter your Wi-Fi network password to go online.)
  2. Tap a link to move to another page.
  3. Double-tap the page to enlarge it; then double-tap again to reduce its size.
  4. Drag one finger around the page to scroll.
  5. Flick your finger quickly on the page to scroll more quickly.
  6. Press and hold your finger down on text that isn't a link. A magnifying glass icon appears.
  7. Release your finger and the item is selected, and a Copy tool is displayed.
  8. Press and hold your finger on a link or an image.
  9. A menu appears with commands that allow you to open the link or picture, open it in a new page, or copy it. The image menu also offers a Save Image command.
  10. Put your fingers slightly apart on the screen, and then pinch your fingers together to reduce the page; with your fingers already pinched together, place them on the screen, and then move them apart to enlarge the page.
  11. Press the Home button to go back to the Home screen.

iOS 9 User Guides

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iPad Gestures

iPad Gestures

The Control Centre

A convenient new feature in iOS 7, the Control Centre allows you to quickly access frequently used settings for your device. Just swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to access the Control Center. Below are some of the most helpful settings:

  • Media: Playback buttons: Tap a button to play, skip back, or skip ahead in the current media app.
  • Volume control: Use this option to adjust the speaker or headphone volume.
  • Airplane Mode: Tap the Airplane mode button to disable all wireless connections: cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. An airplane icon appears at the upper left when Airplane mode is on. Use Airplane mode to comply with airline regulations or to reduce battery usage.
  • Wi-Fi: Toggle this option to turn Wi-Fi connectivity on and off.
  • Bluetooth: Tap the Bluetooth button to enable or disable it. If you’re not using Bluetooth, leave it off to save battery
  • Do Not Disturb: Useful while you’re in a performance or asleep, Do Not Disturb can be enabled to prevent notification alerts, FaceTime calls, and phone calls from disturbing you with noise, vibration, or your screen’s backlight. Timers or alarms set in the Clock app will override Do Not Disturb.
  • Rotation lock: Use this option if you don't want the screen to change orientation when rotating the iPad.
  • Screen brightness: Use this option to adjust the iPad's screen brightness.
  • AirPlay: AirPlay allows you to send audio, video, photos, and more to your Apple TV, MAC computer (or just audio to an AirPort Express). Tap the AirPlay button to choose an available device and optionally turn on AirPlay Mirroring.

The App Switcher

The way you switch from one app to another, such as from Settings to Safari, sees a number of changes in iOS 9. The App Switcher sports a new overlapping design. Double-Click the Home button, and newer iPads gain three multitasking superpowers: Slide Over, Split Screen, and Picture in Picture. Use the App Switcher to switch to an open app, to force-quit an app, or to work with Handoff

Opening the App Switcher

  • Double-press the Home button.
  • Also, on the iPad if Multitasking Gestures are enabled (in Settings > General), slide the tips of four fingers toward the top of the screen.

Switching Open Apps

  1. Open the App Switcher.
  2. If you don’t see the open app you want, flick left or right to find it
  3. Tap the app you wish to switch to.

Force-quitting an App

  1. Open the App Switcher.
  2. If you don’t see the open app you want, flick left or right to find it.
  3. Flick the app’s image toward the top of the screen.

Tip: Force-quitting apps can sometimes solve problems, such as app freezes, but you shouldn’t make a habit of it, as it can actually hurt battery life. 

The App Switcher - Double click the home button to access it.

The App Switcher - Double click the home button to access it.


Use Multitasking gestures to work faster

Multitasking Gestures should be on by default if you're running the right version of iOS, but to check whether you're ready to use it head into 'Settings' and then down to the 'General'. In there you'll find a section called 'Multitasking Gestures' half way down. If it's on you're fine but if it's not just switch the little toggle on the right hand side.

Pinch to home: Arguably the most useful multitasking gesture is the pinch to home function - all you have to do is place four or five fingers on the screen and pinch them together. Simple. This is nice because sometimes the iPad gets turned around and the home button is on top rather than the bottom. Rather than looking for it, you can just get used to doing this gesture.

Swipe up into multitasking: To enter the multitasking menu place four or five fingers onto the screen and swipe upwards. It'll zoom you out slightly so you can see the apps you've currently got running and you skip quickly between them.

Swipe left or right through apps: Place four or five fingers on the screen and swipe left or right to scroll through the apps currently running. Beware if you drop out into the multitasking page it'll put the most recently used apps at the front. Getting your fingers used to this functionality can take a while and it may take a little practice at holding the screen right but after a while you'll be swiping around the iPad faster than you'd ever imagined. his means you can have Dragon Dictation open and easily switch from it to a word processor or a website, thus allowing you to easily dictate text instead of tapping it onto the iPad's onscreen keyboard. Remember, you need to have recently opened at least two apps for this to work.

multitasking gestures on ipad


The first of the iPad’s new multitasking superpowers is Slide Over, which lets you bring up a second app in a side column without dismissing the one that’s currently active. You can work only in the app in the Slide Over column while referencing content in the main app. Although many Apple apps and some third-party apps support Slide Over, not all apps support this new feature.

Using Slide Over

  • Invoke Slide Over: While in an app, slide your finger left from the right edge of the screen. If a column showing available apps appears, scroll to see what’s available, and tap an app to open it in that column.
  • Switch the Slide Over app: Pull down the handle on top of the column to see a list of Slide Over apps. Tap an icon to switch to that app.
  • Dismiss Slide Over: Tap anywhere outside the Slide Over column.

Slide Over Uses

  • Jot down ideas in Notes while you read a document in Safari or iBooks.
  • Chat in Messages while referencing an email message in Mail.
  • View your list of recipes in a cooking app like Basil while browsing for more to add to your collection.
On supported iPads, Slide Over lets you pull up a second app in its own column.  Slide Over works only on the iPad mini 2, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and later models.

On supported iPads, Slide Over lets you pull up a second app in its own column. 

Slide Over works only on the iPad mini 2, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and later models.


Split Screen

The iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro can go a step beyond Slide Over with Split Screen, which lets you use two apps at the same time, side by side. Only apps that support Split Screen mode will work.

With Split Screen, you can work in two apps simultaneously. The red ovals superimposed on the image mark the handle for switching the right-hand app and the grabber for adjusting the split.With Split Screen, you can work in two apps simultaneously. The numbers 1 & 2 on the image mark the handles for switching the right-hand app and the grabber for adjusting the split.

Using Split Screen

Enter Split Screen: Bring up an app in Slide Over by sliding your finger left from the right edge of the screen, and then pull the grabber on the left side of the Slide Over column further to the left.
Adjust Split Screen: With the iPad in landscape orientation, you can drag the grabber between the two apps to change how much of the screen each one occupies.
Exit Split Screen: Drag the grabber all the way to the left or right to kick the other app off the screen.

Split Screen Uses

  • Shop for a house in Safari on one side with listings, and Maps on the other to check location, location, location.
  • Browse headlines in the new News app while discussing them with a coworker over FaceTime.
  • Compose feedback on a PDF draft in Mail, while reading the draft in iBooks.

Tip: With Slide Over, the app on the left doesn’t have to support Slide Over—only the app at the right does. In contrast, with Split Screen, both apps must support Split Screen.


Voice Dictation

Voice dictation allows you to enter text without having to use the keyboard. To use voice dictation, tap the microphone icon on your keyboard, then start talking. The iPad will listen to what you say and try to transcribe it. You can even add punctuation by saying words like "period" or "question mark" when you reach the end of a sentence. When you're done, tap the microphone icon again—your words will be converted to text.

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Sharing is also a big part of using the iPad. In fact, to help you stay connected, Apple has created a feature called theShare button that can be found in many different apps.

Just tap the Share button any time you see it, and you'll gain access to a variety of options. You can share photos, videos, and much more across a variety of networks—including email, instant messaging, Twitter, and Facebook. You can even print photos or documents if you have a wireless printer in your home or office.

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How to Print Screen

Where’s the PrintScreen button when you need to take a screen shot of your iPad? Instead of using one button, try a combination of two:

  1. Press and hold down the Sleep/Wake button at the top right corner of your iPad, and click the Home button.
  2. Open the app Photos, and you can see your screenshot already saved in the Camera Roll album.
Home /On-Off buttons on the iPad

Home /On-Off buttons on the iPad