7 iPad productivity secrets

To say it’s been some time since I’ve been an iPad proprietor could be one thing of an understatement. I eked each final molecule of utility out of the iPad 3, which got here out in 2012, then drifted round Apple-lessly for years earlier than lastly selecting up the brand new iPad Mini 4.

I like its USB-C charging, the compact dimension, and my new every day routine of hand-solving crossword puzzle PDFs with a cheapo third-party stylus I purchased. Oh, and iPadOS has come a good distance since 2012. Although they’re not all new to iPadOS 15, listed below are some time-saving methods I’ve found whereas utilizing the brand new iPad Mini.

Break up-screen apps with Break up View

The brand new multitasking menu in iPadOS 15 makes it a breeze to arrange two apps facet by facet. Whereas working an app in full-screen mode, faucet the three little dots on the prime of the display to disclose this menu.


Then faucet the icon within the center, which can slide your present app off to the facet. From there, select the opposite app you’d wish to run in Break up View, and it’ll take its place alongside the primary app.

Drag and drop textual content and different gadgets

Whereas we’re nonetheless in Break up View, there’s an important copy-and-paste various that makes quick work of sending components from one app to a different.

If you wish to copy textual content, choose it first after which maintain your finger down on the choice till it has a bit define round it. Then merely drag it into the opposite app you’ve obtained open.

It really works with extra than simply textual content, too. If you wish to drag a picture over, for example, simply maintain it down for a second after which drag it over identical to you probably did with the textual content.

Shortly change between latest apps

Considered one of my most-used methods is to rapidly shuffle between latest apps, which will be performed just by sliding your finger throughout the underside of the display.

This function is very nice should you’re ping-ponging between, say, an internet browser and your e mail app. It enables you to use each apps in full display however doesn’t sluggish you down a lot in any respect when you want to flip between the 2.


Open the dock whereas utilizing an app

The iPad’s Mac-like dock offers a house on your favourite apps and apps you’ve used most not too long ago. Whenever you wish to open a kind of apps, you don’t must exit out to the primary display first. As an alternative, simply pull up from the underside of the display a tiny bit—not too aggressively, otherwise you’ll exit out to the primary display. It’s nearly like a swipe-and-hold movement.


When you’ve mastered this maneuver, you’ll be capable to rapidly launch apps instantly from the dock with out exiting the app you’re at present utilizing.

Trackpad mode

This one’s an oldie however a goodie that not many individuals use often. If you end up coping with a bunch of textual content, say from a protracted e mail, you’ll be able to navigate round your paragraphs with ease by first holding down the spacebar on the keyboard.

When you discover all of the keys grey out, slide your finger up into your textual content to scroll up and down and reposition the cursor exactly the place you’d like—identical to utilizing the trackpad on a laptop computer.

Display recording

Recording your display makes it straightforward to point out folks carry out sure duties or present suggestions for numerous visible initiatives. Chances are you’ll must allow the function first, which will be performed by going into Settings > Management Middle after which tapping the inexperienced plus signal subsequent to “Display Recording” so as to add it to the Management Middle as an obtainable possibility.

As soon as that is performed, entry the Management Middle by swiping down from the upper-right nook of the display. You’ll see a handful of fast actions right here, one in all which is a round report button. Faucet that, and after a three-second countdown, you’ll be recording your display. Ensure to swipe the Management Middle again up out of the best way so it’s not in your closing recording.

When you’re performed recording, slide the Management Middle again down and faucet the report button once more to cease. Your recordings will then seem within the Pictures app, the place you’ll be able to edit and share them.

Take fast notes with a faucet

It is a nice trick should you’re in a gathering and must jot down a fast word. If you happen to’ve obtained an Apple Pencil or different appropriate stylus, you’ll be able to launch instantly into the Prompt Notes function just by tapping the stylus on the lock display. You’ll be scribbling out your musings nearly immediately.

Oh, and enjoyable reality from an authorized cheapskate: There’s no must spend $100-plus on the official Apple Pencil. I purchased a perfectly usable alternative for round $30. It’s been nice for taking notes and for the aforementioned crossword puzzle PDFs.