iPad Portable Genius

iPad Portable Genius

by Paul McFedries
iPad Portable Genius

iPad Portable Genius

by Paul McFedries

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Increase your iPad IQ with this genius-level guide to the Apple iPad

If you want to squeeze every last bit of incredible from your Apple iPad we've got you covered with this newly revised iPad Portable Genius. Want to learn how to connect to a network? How to configure your tablet? How to surf the web more comfortably? All while keeping your identity and accounts private and secure?

With the iPad Portable Genius as your guide, you'll unlock the full potential of your iPad in no time at all. You'll learn how to:

  • Get the most out of sending and receiving your email
  • Have fun with your images and take crystal-clear photos every time
  • Shoot and edit video right on your iPad
  • Manage your busy schedule with calendars

Perfect for anyone looking to save time and reveal the true power and flexibility of their iPad, the iPad Portable Genius, Fourth Edition contains all the new, engaging, and extensively illustrated info you need to master your tablet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119763581
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 02/03/2021
Series: Portable Genius Series
Edition description: 4th ed.
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,064,250
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paul McFedries is president of Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company. Over the past 40 years, Paul has programmed everything from mainframes to desktops to bar code scanners, and his nearly 100 books have sold more than four million copies worldwide. Visit him at www.paulmcfedries.com.
Fun, hip, and straightforward, the Portable Genius series gives forward-thinking technology users helpful information in handy, compact books that are easy to navigate and don't skimp on the essentials. Collect the whole series and make the most of your digital lifestyle.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iii

Introduction x

Chapter 1 How Do Get Started with My iPad? 2

Using the Top Button 4

Sleeping and waking the iPad 5

Turning the iPad off and back on again 5

Making a purchase 6

Using the Home Button 7

Setting the Volume 8

Working with the Touchscreen 8

Understanding touchscreen gestures 9

Searching for stuff on your iPad 9

Switching from one app to another 11

Shutting down an app 11

Typing on the touchscreen keyboard 12

Editing with Your iPad 14

Editing text 14

Selecting, copying, and pasting text 15

Copying and pasting an image 17

Undoing an edit 17

Configuring iPad from the Control Center 18

Chapter 2 How Do I Connect to a Network? 20

Making Wi-Fi Network Connections 22

Displaying nearby Wi-Fi

networks automatically 23

Making a connection to a hidden Wi-Fi network 23

Working with Wi-Fi Connections 24

Checking Wi-Fi security 25

Using Wi-Fi to transfer a file from your Mac to your iPad 25

Preventing your iPad from automatically joining a known network connection 26

Shutting off the Wi-Fi antenna 26

Tethering to an iPhone Internet Connection 27

Working with Cellular-Enabled iPads 29

Tracking cellular data usage 29

Shutting off the LTE antenna 29

Preventing your iPad from using cellular data 30

Controlling app access to cellular data 30

Disabling data roaming 30

Switching to Low Data Mode 31

Activating Airplane Mode 31

Connecting Bluetooth Devices 32

Making your iPad discoverable 32

Pairing with a Bluetooth keyboard 33

Pairing with Bluetooth headphones 34

Selecting paired headphones as the audio output device 34

Unpairing your iPad from a Bluetooth device 35

Chapter 3 How Do I Configure My iPad? 36

Customizing the iPad Home Screen 38

Rearranging the Home screen icons 38

Storing multiple app icons in an app folder 39

Adding a web page icon to the Home screen 40

Dealing with App Notifications 41

Opening the Notification Center 41

Working with notifications 42

Configuring an app’s notifications 43

Configuring Do Not Disturb settings 45

Trying Out a Few More Useful iPad Customizations 46

Changing your iPad’s name 46

Customizing iPad sounds 46

Customizing the iPad keyboard 47

Configuring the Siri voice assistant 51

Configuring and using multitasking 52

Controlling your iPad’s privacy settings 54

Configuring your iPad to use Apple Pay 54

Chapter 4 How Can I Get More Out of Web Surfing? 56

Surfing with the Touchscreen 58

Utilizing Pro Tips for Easier Web Browsing 59

Browsing with tabs 59

Opening a tab in the foreground 61

Working with iCloud tabs 62

Viewing a page without distractions 62

Requesting a website’s desktop version 63

Working with bookmarks 64

Adding pages to your Reading List 67

Revisiting pages using the History list 67

Dealing with Forms 68

Filling in forms faster with AutoFill 69

Storing website login data 70

Storing website logins manually 72

Enhancing Web Browsing Privacy 73

Deleting sites from your browsing history 73

Removing website data 74

Browsing privately 75

Making Safari Even Easier and Better 76

Switching the default search engine 76

Searching for text in a web page 76

Searching the web with Siri 77

Sharing a link via AirDrop 78

Chapter 5 How Do I Make the Most of Email? 80

Managing Your Accounts 82

Adding an email account manually 82

Changing the default account 84

Disabling an account 85

Removing an account 85

Switching from one account to another 86

Configuring Some Useful Mail Settings 86

Creating a custom email signature 86

Thwarting spammers by disabling remote images 87

Stopping messages from getting organized by thread 88

Customizing Mail’s swipe options 89

Working with Email Messages 89

Adding iCloud folders 89

Attaching a document from iCloud Drive 90

Formatting message text 90

Maintaining messages with swipe gestures 91

Marking every message as read 92

Controlling email with Siri voice commands 92

Chapter 6 How Can I Have Fun with Photos? 94

Browsing and Viewing Your Photos 96

Navigating and manipulating photos 97

Creating a photo album 98

Marking a photo as a favorite 98

Streaming photos to Apple TV 98

Editing a Photo 99

Enhancing color and brightness 99

Cropping and straightening a photo 100

Applying a filter to a photo 102

Adjusting the lighting in a photo 102

Using the Cameras 103

Launching the Camera app 104

Taking a photo 104                                                             

Learning the Camera app’s features 105

Focusing your shot 106

Locking the exposure and focus 106

Zooming in and out of the shot 107

Shooting live photos 108

Shooting a panoramic photo 108

Shooting a photo with a time delay 110

Reducing blurry iPad photos 110

Chapter 7 How Can I Create Video on My iPad? 112

Recording Video 114

Recording video on your iPad 114

Shooting a time-lapse video 116

Setting the recording format for video and slow motion 116

Editing Recorded Video 117

Creating Videos with the Clips App 118

Creating a Clips video 119

Adding a new Clips project 122

Making Movies with iMovie 122

Creating a new iMovie project 122

Opening a project for editing 123

Importing media into your project 124

Working with video clips 126

Working with your project 131

Chapter 8 How Do I Manage My Contacts? 134

Getting Started with Contacts 136

Creating a Contact 137

Editing a Contact 138

Assigning phone numbers to a contact 138

Assigning email addresses to a contact 140

Assigning web addresses to a contact 140

Assigning social media data to a contact 141

Assigning physical addresses to a contact 142

Adding a photo to a contact 143

Deleting a contact 144

Getting More Out of Contacts 145

Creating a custom field label 145

Adding fields to a contact 145

Deleting fields from a contact 146

Creating a new contact from a vCard 147

Sending and receiving a contact via AirDrop 148

Sorting contacts 149

Syncing contacts 149

Chapter 9 How Do I Track My Events and Appointments? 150

Getting Started with the Calendar App 152

Tracking Your Events 153

Adding an event to your calendar 154

Editing an event 154

Repeating an event 155

Converting an event to an all-day event 156

Adding an alert to an event 157

Getting More Out of the Calendar App 158

Setting the default calendar 159

Subscribing to a calendar 159

Controlling events with Siri voice commands 160

Handling Microsoft Exchange meeting requests 161

Working with Reminders 162

Creating a time reminder 162

Creating a location reminder 163

Creating a new list and setting the default list 164

Completing a reminder 164

Deleting a reminder 165

Setting reminders with Siri voice commands 165

Chapter 10 How Can I Navigate My World with iPad? 166

Working with Location Services 168

Controlling how apps access Location Services 168

Shutting off Location Services 170

Mapping Locations 171

Searching for a location 171

Marking a location 173

Flying over your destination 174

Mapping your current location 174

Mapping a contact’s address 176

Mapping an address from an email 177

Saving a location as a favorite 177

Sharing a map 178

Mapping locations with Siri voice commands 178

Navigating with Maps 178

Getting directions to a location 179

Getting live traffic information 180

Getting directions with Siri voice commands 181

Chapter 11 How Do I Protect My iPad? 182

Locking Your iPad 184

Locking your iPad with a passcode 184

Locking your iPad with a fingerprint 186

Locking your iPad with facial recognition 188

Configuring Your Tablet to Sleep Automatically 190

Backing Up Your Tablet 190

Setting Restrictions on a Child’s iPad 191

Chapter 12 How Do I Solve iPad Problems? 194

Troubleshooting iPad Problems: A Quick Guide 196

Troubleshooting iPad Problems Step-by-Step 196

Step 1: Shut down whatever app you’re using 197

Step 2: Restore a changed setting 198

Step 3: Shut down and then restart your iPad 198

Step 4: Reboot the iPad hardware 200

Step 5: Recharge your iPad 200

Step 6: Check for iPadOS updates 200

Step 7: Free up storage space 201

Step 8: Check your Wi-Fi connection 202

Step 9: Reset your settings 204

Step 10: Erase and restore your content and settings 205

Index 208

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