Five iPad questions

BY J. CARLTON COLLINS, CPA
May 1, 2013

1. Print Screen on an iPad

Q: I know how to create an image of my computer screen simply by pressing the PrintScreen button, but is there a way to do this on my iPad or iPhone?

A: Holding down the Home button and pressing the Power button will create an image of an iPad’s or iPhone’s screen (which is displayed in your camera roll), and then you can paste that image into a multitude of applications, such as Word, Excel, Evernote, etc.

2. Close Apps on an iPad

Q: How do I close the unnecessary apps running on my iPad?

A: Double-tap the Home button, then press and hold one app until they all start shaking on the screen. Next, press the red circle icon in the upper-left corner of the app’s icon to close the app. Tap the Home button when you have closed all unwanted apps.

3. Disable Your iPad’s Screen Rotation

Q: When I’m using an iPad to demonstrate product images to my customers, it constantly switches from portrait to landscapeview depending on which way I lean the tablet. This action is distracting. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

A: From the iPad’s main screen, select Settings, General, and set the Use Side Switch to setting to Lock Rotation (in either portrait or landscape mode). Thereafter, your iPad will no longer auto-rotate as you tilt it from side to side.

4. Secure Your iPad

Q: I allow others to use my iPad, but I want to prevent them from installing new apps or making purchases under my Apple account. Is there a way to prevent others from doing these things on my iPad?

A: From the iPad’s main screen, select Settings, General, Restrictions, Enable Restrictions. When prompted, enter a four-digit Restrictions Passcode in the Set Passcode screen, then slide the Installing Apps and In-App Purchases On/Off selector buttons to Off to prevent others from performing these functions.

5. Custom Shortcuts

Q: I am tired of constantly reentering my long email address and other frequent phrases into my iPad. Is there a way to make my iPad remember those phrases in the future?

A: The iPad does not provide an option for memorizing field content, but you can create a customized shortcut, which is almost as good. To do this, from the iPad’s main screen, select Settings, General, Keyboard, and under Shortcuts tap Add New Shortcut…, then enter a phrase (such as carlton@asaresearch.com) and a shortcut name (such as jcc). Thereafter, entering the shortcut phrase into any iPad field will return the full text for that shortcut.

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