16 Quick iPad Tips!
The iPad is here to stay and is fast becoming one of the most used devices in law firms. WAMS is excited to be doing an iPad focused webinar next month with iPad for Lawyers Expert, Scott Grossberg! See the details and register for free at www.wamsinc.com/ipad-webinar.
What: “iPad for Law Firms” webinar
When: Thursday, April 10 at 11:00 AM
Enjoy these few quick iPad tips below, and we look forward to seeing you on the webinar to learn about the most popular apps for law firms and to hear how attorney Scott Grossberg uses the iPad daily in his firm!
1. Access all running apps
Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in a bar along the bottom of the screen. To switch to a running app just tap on it here in this bar. Just swipe the screen downwards to remove this bar.
2. Passcode Denied… DELETE ALL!
If you’re carrying around sensitive data, you can now enable a feature that’ll erase all the data on the device if someone inputs the incorrect passcode 10 times. Navigate to Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Erase Data.
3. Use an Apple keyboard
Missing a real keyboard? Any Apple Wireless Keyboard will work with the iPad. In fact, your iPad will work with any Bluetooth keyboard. Some iPad cases have a keyboard built in, which can be handy.
4. Connect to an HD TV
You can connect the iPad 2 and new iPad to your HD television using Apple’s Digital AV Adapter (which connects from your 30-pin Dock adaptor to a HDMI port) or a plain old Apple VGA Adaptor. Both are available from the Apple Store. The iPad 2 and new iPad support video mirroring, so your entire Home screen will appear on the TV, not just the videos you play.
5. Take an iPad screenshot
You can take a screenshot on your iPad by pressing Home and then the Sleep/Wake button. The screen will flash and you’ll hear a click, indicating that a photo has been taken. Your screen shots are saved automatically in your Photos gallery. Here, you can view or email them as you see fit.
6. Restrict your Spotlight searches
Swipe left on the Home screen to reveal the Spotlight search. By default it searches everything including songs in your iPod, podcasts, apps and events. To restrict the areas it searches, since you may not want all these categories included, look in Settings > General > Spotlight Search.
7. Copy and paste
You can quickly copy and paste text by tapping and holding down, and then choosing Select to select the exact portion of text you’d like the copy. Next tap Copy, then go to a different app, and tap and hold down again, then tap Paste from the menu that appears. Top tip: To select an entire paragraph of text you need to tap four times.
8. Hidden apostrophe key on the keyboard
This is a great tip for any app, such as Notes, Pages or Mail, that you type into using the iPad’s virtual keyboard. Rather than having to go to the second screen of the keyboard every time you want to type an apostrophe (which is a real pain) just tap and hold on the ! key and a hidden apostrophe option will appear – then just slide your finger up to access it.
9. Dim your iBooks
You can lower the brightness setting down to a low level using the Brightness option under Settings. But the iBooks app has its own brightness slider, which you can use to lower the level down more conveniently.
10. Street View in Maps
The Maps app running Google’s Street View is one of the coolest features of the iPad, yet accessing it is so confusing few people even know it’s there. To access Street View you need to have dropped a red pin on the map (which happens when you do a search). You then tap the red and white icon of a person to enter Street View.
11. Take charge in FaceTime
Once you’ve started a video call, you can move the picture-in-picture window that shows you by simply dragging it around with your finger.
12. Preview more of your emails
The iPad’s Mail app defaults to previewing two lines of each email before you tap on it. Sometimes however it would be handier to be able to see more of an email before loading the whole thing in, especially if you are on a slow connection. To do this open the Settings app, then tap on Mail, Contacts, Calendars and change the Preview options to add more lines.
13. Write faster
When ending a sentence, instead of typing a period and then a space, just tap the space bar twice, which does the same thing and is faster.
14. Quick Charge
Want to fast-charge a device? Pop it into Airplane Mode (tap Settings turn on Airplane Mode). It will charge much faster.
15. See Chat Times
In iOS 7, you can view the sent/received times for each message (text and iMessage) by swiping left from anywhere within the chat history.
16. Let Siri read your emails
Siri can read out your email for you. Hold down on the Home key then say “Read my emails” to get the name of the sender, time and date sent, and subject of the email. Follow-up by saying “Yes” when asked if you want the text read out to you.
Remember to register for the upcoming “iPad for Law Firms” webinar at www.wamsinc.com/ipad-webinar!