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Multitasking

From: iPad Tips and Tricks

Video: Multitasking

Let's take a look at another important function of the Home button. Press it twice in quick succession to reveal the iPad's multitasking bar. Using this bar, you can switch to a different app while the current one remains in memory in the background, meaning that it doesn't quit, but rather enters a kind of suspended animation. We'll see how that works. So I select the Notes app. We move to that. Double-tap on the Home button. Let's move to the iPad app. It switches over. Go back to the Home screen, double-tap, and there is our multitasking bar.

Multitasking

Let's take a look at another important function of the Home button. Press it twice in quick succession to reveal the iPad's multitasking bar. Using this bar, you can switch to a different app while the current one remains in memory in the background, meaning that it doesn't quit, but rather enters a kind of suspended animation. We'll see how that works. So I select the Notes app. We move to that. Double-tap on the Home button. Let's move to the iPad app. It switches over. Go back to the Home screen, double-tap, and there is our multitasking bar.

One other nice thing that you can do from here is as we tap and hold on an app, all the apps start wiggling and you see that little red button with the Minus sign in it. That means that you can quit apps from here simply by tapping on the Minus sign. So we'll quit the Contacts app by tapping on that button. To return the icons to their normal behavior, just click on the Home button. If you swipe this bar from left to right, you'll eventually see a set of controls. The appearance of the first button depends on how you've configured the side switch options in the general setting screens, and we looked at that side switch in another movie.

If you've configured it so that the iPad mutes when you push the side switch down, you'll see a rotation lock icon. When this lock is engaged, the orientation of the iPad's screen won't change, regardless of how you rotate the iPad. So currently, rotation is enabled. I tap that button and now rotation is locked, just like using the side switch when that option is engaged. If you've configured the side switch to lock rotation, the button which you use for muting and unmuting your iPad will look like a speaker.

And we can make that happen by going to Settings, choosing Lock Rotation, and once again, here we are. And you can see that we have it unmuted. Tap the button and now the sound is muted. After this button you'll see a slider for adjusting the screen's brightness. To increase the brightest, just slide the button to the right, and to decrease brightness, slide it to the left. Here you'll also find buttons for controlling the iPad app's playback, and possibly a button for choosing wireless devices to play the iPad's audio using a technology called AirPlay, which we'll discuss elsewhere in the course.

And finally, there is a slider for adjusting the iPad's volume. This multitasking bar is an important way to get around more quickly on your iPad. Throughout this course, I'll be using it, rather than moving back to the Home screen, to move between apps. Get into the habit of using it and you'll find your iPad easier to control.

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iPad Tips and Tricks

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Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
  2. 23m 31s
    1. Taking advantage of Siri
      5m 42s
    2. Syncing photos with Photo Stream
      7m 54s
    3. Finding the way with Apple Maps
      9m 55s
  3. 1h 12m
    1. Touching the iPad
      8m 39s
    2. Setting the rotation lock/mute toggle switch
      1m 40s
    3. Multitasking
      2m 42s
    4. Using the virtual keyboard
      11m 53s
    5. Using gestures to work faster
      1m 43s
    6. Understanding iTunes and the iPad
      6m 31s
    7. Syncing info to the iPad
      3m 31s
    8. Wireless updating and syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Syncing media files to the iPad
      5m 28s
    10. Syncing data with iCloud
      9m 8s
    11. Using iTunes Match to keep music updated on multiple devices
      6m 43s
    12. Troubleshooting
      6m 29s
    13. Using Notification Center
      6m 7s
  4. 15m 12s
    1. Using the App Store to download apps
      9m 56s
    2. Managing apps
      5m 16s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Configuring peripherals
      6m 43s
    2. Printing with an iPad
      1m 48s
    3. Understanding accessibility on the iPad
      7m 3s
    4. Childproofing the iPad
      5m 39s
    5. Managing Location Services
      5m 30s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Configuring email accounts
      9m 5s
    2. Organizing email
      3m 44s
    3. Dealing with spam
      6m 33s
    4. iMessage
      5m 32s
    5. Configuring Twitter and sending Twitter updates from multiple apps
      4m 4s
  7. 39m 49s
    1. Connecting an iPad to an external display
      3m 32s
    2. Creating iPad presentations with Keynote
      8m 37s
    3. Creating iPad presentations with third-party apps
      6m 45s
    4. Controlling a computer remotely with an iPad
      8m 7s
    5. Keeping to-do lists synchronized
      4m 5s
    6. Managing and editing files with third-party apps
      8m 43s
  8. 16m 38s
    1. Taking pictures and movies
      3m 50s
    2. Editing and sharing movies
      6m 3s
    3. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      4m 33s
    4. Taking fun pictures with Photo Booth
      2m 12s
  9. 32m 16s
    1. Preparing audio and video files for the iPad
      7m 28s
    2. Using AirPlay to stream video and audio wirelessly to an external display
      3m 28s
    3. Using Home Sharing
      2m 18s
    4. Streaming media to an iPad
      7m 5s
    5. Copying media from an iPad to a computer
      5m 15s
    6. Importing and editing photos
      6m 42s
  10. 32s
    1. Conclusion
      32s

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