iPad's Side Switch and Accessing Extra Keys.


You can change what the side switch does.

Also learn how to get extra keys on you iPad.

iPad cool tips. In this article, we will be exploring two really handy features of the iPad. They are; the Mute / Lock Rotation button and using special keys. Firstly, let me ask you, do you find the automatic rotation on the iPad annoying? Half of you are probably saying yes, the other half no. Maybe it depends on what you are doing. Either way, there is a very simple way, in fact two very simple ways to lock screen rotation when needed. The other question that will be answered today is: How to use special keys like and and .

Just above the volume control on the side of your iPad is a small sliding button. By default, this is the mute button. If however, you would rather that this button lock the screen rotation then this can be achieved quite simply. Go now to Settings - General and will then see that one of the options is labeled: "Use side switch to". Selecting this to either Mute or Lock Rotation will redefine the side switch as you wish. There is another way. If you have the side switch set to mute, then one quick way to lock the screen is to double click the Home Button then swipe your finger to the right and you will see the screen lock option along with the Music app. If the side switch is set to Lock Rotation, then double clicking the Home Button and sliding your finger right will reveal the Mute option along with the Music app. Personally, I like having the side switch set to Lock Rotation simple because muting can be easily achieved by simply turning the volume right down to nothing.

The second feature of this article is learning how to access special letters like e with an accent i.e. , , ę, ē, ė, , . you get the idea. To get these letters, all you have to do is touch and hold the letter that requires the accent. Once you do this, a small box will appear next to the letter. Without lifting your finger, slide your finger to what you want and then simply let go! Try this now, it's super easy. There are lots and lots of extra letters available.

In summary, we have covered the use of the Mute / Lock Rotation and also getting access to extra letters. I hope you have found it useful.

Enjoy your iPad.

Piers WalkerPiers Walker

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