iPad iPhone Getting Organised


iPad GesturesTo explain the iPad iPhone screens, how you use them, organising Apps on Screens, and in folders, finger gestures and how to get around. I’ll cover and show you the iPad iPhone physical details, what they do, how you use them, and how you can change the way some of them work. To provide links to where you can get more information and support.


Apples iDevice interface is easy to use and intuitive. When you first use it you may not agree. But with a small amount of practice, and knowledge of the basic gestures, you’ll quickly come to agree. Compared to desktop computers, it’s really easy. It’s based on touch, a most natural approach. So if you see something you want to investigate, touch it and you’ll usually get a reaction. When you need to enter data, touch the data area (field) and a cursor will appear in the field, and a keyboard pop up for you to type. When you install an App, it will appear as an icon on the Home Screen (there will be many more of these and swiping your finger from right to left, or the reverse, will scroll to these other screens. Group Apps into folders, making them easier to find when you have larger numbers. Finally, there some quick access gestures (specific swipes mostly) that will open panels or features to make your iLife easier.


Basic Gestures

Apples basic gestures from Apple User guide

There are many gestures you can us on your iDevice, but to get started there are only 5 your need to know to get almost anything done. I’ll introduce other gestures (quicker) for you progressively through the course. The basic hand (finger) gestures are:

  • tap
  • drag an item
  • swipe to flick aside or move a page
  • stretch your fingers apart to look more closely (zoom in)
  • pinch to shrink or close (zoom out)
[stextbox id=”Links”]There is no substitute to “trying” if you want to learn about gestures. So do that now. Two cautions. If you see all the App icons on the Home Screen wriggle, then press the home button and they will stop. DON’T press the little “X” in the top corner, as that will delete the App from your iDevice. We’ll get to what this means later. And if you’re in the Settings area, Home button again. You don’t want to change anything yet.[/stextbox]


Home Screen AnnotatedLike pages in a book, you can flick the home screen over to the next page (click on the picture to the left to see a larger version). There is no specific limit to the no of screens you can use (none that I’ve found anyhow), but practically any more than 10 or so just gets annoying.


folderscreen You can store many Apps in a folder, and name the folder appropriately. This makes it easier to find Apps. Say your keen on photography. If you put all your photography Apps in one folder, and move that folder to the permanent Apps bar at the bottom of each screen, you can quickly access them when needed. How do you Move Apps between screens or into folders. Here is the process: [stextbox id=”Links”]. Press the home button several times until you reach the Home Screen (you’ll know you’re at the Home Screen when pressing the Home Button does nothing further).

. Touch any App Icon on the home screen, and hold your finger on it until all the App Icons begin to “Wriggle” (NOTE: many of the Icons will have an “X” on their top Bar. Be CAREFUL , DO NOT PRESS THAT “X”, as it will delete that App from your device (recoverable in your next Sync if necessary)).

. When App Icons are Wriggling, you can touch and hold then DRAG them around the screen, to other Home Pages (to the right, or left) to reorganise them as you like.

. You can also drop the App Icon you are dragging into a folder, or to create a new folder with two App Icons, drop one on the other to create a new Folder[/stextbox]

Control Center

IMG_0181In iOS7 Apple has upgraded the Control Center. Open the Control Center by sliding your finger UP from just below the bottom of the screen. Control Center gives immediate access to most of the controls your are likely to need including Play/Pause and Volume, Screen Brightness, WiFi on/off, Airplane Mode, Screen Orientation Lock, Timer/Alarm, Camera and more. Retract the Control Center by tapping anywhere on the screen or on the Down Arrow indicator.


IMG_0182By sliding your finger DOWN from just above the top of the screen you open the Notifications area. You adjust your Notifications in Settings/Notification Center. You decide what appears here, and whether you get audio or visual cues when a notification occurs. Many of the Apps you will install have access to Notifications. You decide. It’s a great place for you to get familiar with your iDevice, and how you use Settings to customise it.


IMG_0183One of the most useful features on your iDevice is the Search Screen. Access it by sliding your finger DOWN starting from any unoccupied area of the screen. type in a word (or part of a word) and press the “Search” button on the keyboard, and you will get results in a list. IMG_0185Items in the result list include any Apps, emails, songs, books, movies, notes on your iDevice. If you touch the item (say, an email) the relevant App will open with that email for you to read. Play a lot with Search, it will save you a huge amount of time.

Keyboard (gems)

See the Keyboard in a picture above. The Search button will become the ‘Return’ button when you are editing text (instead of Search when searching). To change from letters to numbers you press one of the two bottom row buttons with displaying “?123”.Pressing this button will cycle through several different keyboards, and back again. Notice also that the Shift Keys on the second row will also change, giving you access to many special characters. Again, play with the keyboard and get used to how it works.

There are a few special shortcuts you can use with the keyboard. Experiment with these in draft emails 🙂 Try holding keys for a second or two. Some keys have extra letters (like accents etc) which is useful. If these show you can select them by sliding your finger without lifting it off the screen to the letter you want.

When writing, instead of stopping to add a full stop, press the space bar twice. This will both add a full stop, and capitalise the next letter you type. Finally (for now), on the bottom row (left) there is also a microphone. Press this once and then dictate a sentence or two. When you finish press the mic again. Your words will transcribe into you text area. Not always 100% correct, you will need to check and edit before using the output.

IMG_0186Editing, Copying and Pasting

Editing text is a skill you will need to practice. When starting it is frustrating. Once you learn how it works, it works well.

Look back through your typed text. Place your finger on the area of text you want to edit, and hold it there for a short period. You will see a magnifying glass with a cursor above your finger, and the text and cursor will appear writ large 🙂

You can then move your finger to precisely locate where you want the cursor, then lift your finger. As you can see in the picture, this may provide a number of options.

You can just type. You may see a black box with a range of options appear above the cursor, and you can select one of these.

Note in particular the grey box on the text, with the small blue circles left and right of the box. You can drag these up or down to select a range of text. Once selected (when you lift your finger) options to copy or cut will show. Practice is your friend.

App Swapping (Multi Tasking)

IMG_0187Backing out of an App, looking for the one you now want, opening that, and doing all this over and over is tedious. There are several quicker options.

Double press your home button quickly. You should see this screen which is a horizontal list of all the Apps you have open, in order of how recently you accessed them. You can swipe across the screen to scroll and when you see the App your after simply touch it on the screen. It opens where you left it. Often you will want to copy something in one App and paste it in another. Having you most recent app next on the list makes this easy and quick.

You can also open this App Swapping feature by placing Four Fingers on the ANY screen and move them all upwards. The App Swapping list will appear.

Finally, with Four Fingers on the Screen again, from within any App, swipe left, or right. This is a super fast way to open a recent App. Practice and enjoy 🙂

Useful Links

Apple iPad User Support Page

Apple iPhone User Support Page


For these lessons, just play with your iDevice. The more time you spend on it the more you’ll know, and it becomes intuitive. And have fun!

Useful Articles and Links

These are relevant articles I have stored in Evernote.