iPad Resources

Topics on this page:

Getting Started

Turning on your iPad

Press and hold the button on the top corner of your iPad (this button is known as the Sleep/Wake button) until the Apple logo appears on the screen)

Shutting down your iPad

Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until a black screen appears with a red slider that says "slide to power off". Guide the arrow across with your finger to power down.

How to force shut down your iPad (reboot)

Should your iPad become frozen (and this shouldn't happen very often!), to force a reboot, hold down both the home screen button and the button on the top of the iPad at the same time until the iPad reboots.

Further information : http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/34471/how-to-force-reboot-and-force-quit-apps-on-ios-devices/

Installing apps

Apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store (by default the App Store app is on the home screen). Open the App Store app, search or browse for an app to download and click on the grey box with the price. Click on this box again once it turns green to start the process. Downloading and installing apps requires having an Apple ID (this is the same ID that is used for iTunes). For more about Apple ID http://support.apple.com/kb/HE37

Deleting apps

Touch and hold finger on an app until it starts to jiggle. At this point, it will have a black x in the upper left hand corner. Touch the x of the app to delete and this will bring up a confirmation to delete that app.

Further information:http://www.simplehelp.net/2008/07/12/how-to-delete-apps-from-your-ipod-touch-or-iphone/

Connecting to WIFI

Go into the Settings app, select WI-FI and ensure that WI-FI is set to on. If a network is available to connect to it will be displayed in the "Choose a Network" list, tap on the network name to join. To configure settings for a particular network, click on the blue arrow to the right of the network's name.

Further information: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1398

Getting started guides from others

Includes links out ot many tips and tricks http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/14529/the-complete-list-of-ipad-tips-tricks-and-tutorials/

List of 50 tips and tricks with screenshots http://appsineducation.blogspot.com/2011/04/50-really-useful-ipad-2-tips-and-tricks.html

List of 32 tips and tricks http://www.pcworld.com/article/251981/32_ipad_tips_and_tricks.html


Next Steps

Making the side switch work for you

On the upper right hand edge of the iPad, above the volume control is a small sliding button, called the side switch. The side switch can be used to quickly toggle on and off muting notifications (note: not playback volume) OR to prevent the screen from changing between portrait and landscape orientation when the iPad is tilted. To select which of these it is used for, go into Settings, then to General and near the bottom is "Use Side Switch to:" where either Lock Rotation or Mute can be selected.

Modifying the onscreen keyboard

There are a few settings that can be changed on the onscreen keyboard. To change from the default settings, open the Settings app, near the bottom under General is Keyboard. Here options like auto capitalization of words, auto spell correcting and caps locks can be toggled on and off.

Taking a screenshot

Pressing both the home screen button and the Sleep/Wake button at the same time. A shutter flash should occur. The captured image will now appear in the Photos app

Switching between apps and seeing most recently used apps

Press twice on the home screen button. This will bring up a a bar at the bottom of the screen with apps that have recently been used, swipe to the left to scroll through. Touch any app in this list to open it.

Caps Locks

If Cap Locks have been activated within the settings menu, to turn on caps locks while typing, double tap on the Shift key on the onscreen keyboard. This will turn the shift key blue. Double tap again to turn it off.


With the onscreen keyboard, press the .?123 key to the left of the space bar, then on the next screen above the ABC button will be a button for undo. To access redo, after pressing .?123, then press #+= and redo will be on that screen, where the undo button had been.

Copy and Paste

The easiest way to understand this is by watching a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V1iiNmnZEUA#!. To briefly explain, press and hold on a word to copy. This action will highlight the word in blue and bring up options for this text above, such as copy. Additional text adjacent to the blue word can be selected by moving the blue bars on either side of the word. Once some text has been copied, to paste press and hold in the location where the copied text should be placed. This will bring up a similar list of options, of which one will be paste.



While not everyone wants a stylus to use with their iPad, this article provides a good overview of what kind of styli are out there: http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/10/2925937/best-stylus-ipad-review


There are many diferent types of cases available for iPads, some are minimal and protect only the glass, others allow the iPad to be submerged in water and still others include a keyboard. Choose an iPad case is largely about personal preferences, but cases require special consideration for those working in patient care areas. Beyond needing to protect the iPad from scrapes and bruises, the case also needs to be able to remain sanitary and portability for rounding is a plus. Some example cases include the AirStrap or the Lifeproof cases.