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iPad Tips and Tricks

Setting the rotation lock/mute toggle switch


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iPad Tips and Tricks

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Video: Setting the rotation lock/mute toggle switch

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.
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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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iPad Tips and Tricks
4h 17m Appropriate for all Aug 04, 2010 Updated Feb 21, 2013

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In iPad Tips and Tricks, author Christopher Breen provides expert tips for getting the most out of the Apple iPad (first generation) and iPad 2, including gesturing, typing, and adding content, as well as troubleshooting common device issues. The course explains how to download and manage apps, configure email accounts, create presentations, and set up videoconferences. The course also demonstrates both built-in and third-party solutions for opening and editing files, streaming video and audio wirelessly, and troubleshooting common device issues.

Topics include:
  • Working with the iPad touchscreen
  • Printing with an iPad
  • Syncing data with iCloud
  • Using iTunes Match to update media on multiple devices
  • Dealing with spam
  • Sending Twitter updates from multiple apps
  • Connecting an iPad to an external display
  • Controlling a computer remotely with an iPad
  • Keeping to-do lists synchronized
  • Taking pictures and movies
  • Preparing audio and video files for the iPad
Subjects:
Business iPhone, iPod, iPad Education Educational Technology
Software:
iPad
Author:
Christopher Breen

Setting the rotation lock/mute toggle switch

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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Q: This course was updated on 02/21/2013. What changed?
A: We added three new movies that cover the best features in iOS 6, including new Siri behaviors and responses, Photostream syncing, and changes to Apple Maps. Look for a whole new version of this course later this year.
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