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You probably noticed that when you move your iPad around, its display rotates so that the object in front of you is always facing the right way up. You may also notice that the iPad will make noises when you don't want it to. There is a toggle switch on the side, which you can see here, that can have an effect on either of these behaviors, because it could can be configured as a rotation lock. Meaning that regardless of how you move your iPad, the screen's display won't switch from one orientation to another. It can also be configured so that when you switch it on, the iPad's volume is immediately muted--and you'll see the iPad's volume buttons here.
To choose the switches function, launch settings by tapping Settings, look in the General setting, and finally find the Use Side Switch to option. Here you have two choices: Lock Rotation, which is on right now, or Mute. So I'll set it back to Lock Rotation just to show you how that works. So, we return to the Home screen. Now let's see if it works. I rotate and sure enough, it rotates.
I bring it back to landscape orientation. When I flip the switch, we see the Lock icon. I will rotate again and it doesn't move. So it really does work. Now I'll flip it back, and you see it tells us that it can be rotated. Now, personally I prefer lock rotation as I can easily mute the iPad by pressing and holding the bottom volume key as I'm doing here. Do that and the iPad quickly mutes, but you may prefer to configure the switch the other way. The choice is yours.
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