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Caps Lock

  1. When the keyboard appears onscreen and you want to turn on the CAPS lock, double tap either the right or the left Shift key.
  2. Both Shift keys will stay dark grey until you tap either one to turn CAPS lock off

Caps Lock on

Copy (or Cut) and Paste


  1. To copy and paste, start by simply tapping and holding down on the text you wish to copy.
  2. When the menu pops up, tap Select to choose a portion of the screen to highlight or Select All for all the content of a page. If you choose Select, you can drag the edges that are highlighted to stretch the selection to the length you need it to be.

  3. Copy Paste Menu

  4. Next, tap Copy or Cut.

    Copy/Paste/Cut Menu

  5. To paste, tap and hold down where you want to paste and then select Paste.


  1. To create a folder, first tap and hold on an app until they all begin to jiggle.
  2. Drag the app over another icon and release.

  3. Drag Icon

    Drop Icon

  4. Your iPad will create a folder with both apps in it.
  5. Note: The folder will be named according to the category of the apps it contains, but you can rename it as you like.

    Created Folder

    Created Folder

Keyboard Split

  1. Place both thumbs in the center of the keyboard screen Keyboard Split
  2. Tap and drag both thumbs at the same time away from each other toward the edge of the screen Keyboard Split
  3. The keyboard will split in half allowing for easier typing.

Keyboard Shortcuts


  1. When you hold down specific keys on the iPad keyboard, you can access many shortcuts, including an apostrophe or quotes on the first keyboard page, or letters with accents.

  2. Apostrophe Shortcut

    Quotes shortcut

    Letters with Accents

Taking a Screenshot

  1. To take a screenshot, press down the Home button and the on/off button (also called the Sleep/Wake button) at the same time for about half a second. The screen should flash and you may hear a snapshot sound. You can find your screenshot in your Camera Roll of your Photos.


How to Undo and Redo

  1. To find the Undo button, first navigate to the numbers keyboard.

  2. First Keyboard

  3. The Undo button can be found on the numbers keyboard on the lower left.

  4. Undo Button

  5. To find the Redo button, from the numbers keyboard, navigate to the symbols keyboard.

  6. Symbols Keyboard

  7. The Redo button can be found on the lower left of the symbols keyboard.

  8. Redo Button


Have you ever wanted to just share something from your iOS device immediately with a person(s) that was in proximity to you? AirDrop (found within the Control Center by swiping from the bottom of your iPad screen) allows you to transfer photos videos, contacts, web pages, links to apps in the App store, Apple maps and other supported file types without the need for a Wi-Fi network. AirDrop creates an adhoc Wi-Fi network between iOS devices that are in close proximity and is secured by a firewall for your protection. Although you don’t have to be connected to a specific Wi-Fi network, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi must be enabled in order to use AirDrop.

Wi-Fi Enabling

1. Swipe up from the bottom of the lock screen to get to the Control Center.

Control Center

2. In the bottom center of the Control Center, you will see the AirDrop button; tap it to open the Sharing preferences. You may choose to transmit and receive items with your Contacts Only or open it to share with Everyone who has an iOS device and is in close proxmity to you. The person who wishes to receive the transmission must also follow the same steps as the person sending the item.

AirDrop Sharing Preferences

3. To share an item using AirDrop, simply go to the item and tap the Sharebutton, tap the AirDrop icon, and then tap the name of a nearby AirDrop user.

4. The recipient of your transmission will receive an alert and is prompted to Accept or Decline.

5. If you have chosen to share with Everyone, you may wish to turn AirDrop off after your transmission for security purposes.

*Note: With the Yosemite OS you can send files from your Mac to an iOS device via the Finder > Go > AirDrop menu.

Do Not Disturb

Using the Do Not Disturb feature is an easy way to silence your iPad when you don't want any alerts to disturb you for a period of time. It's especially useful for when you are teaching class and don't want any interruptions from your iOS devices. The Do Not Disturb feature keeps FaceTime calls and other alerts from making any sounds or lighting up the screen. Note: Alarms still sound, even when Do Not Disturb is on. To make sure iPad stays silent, turn it off.

1. To turn on Do Not Disturb, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to open the Control Center, then tap the Do Not Disturb (moon) icon. When Do Not Disturb is on, it will appear in the status bar at the top of your iPad screen as well.

Do Not Disturb Icon

2. To configure Do Not Disturb, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. There you can schedule quiet hours, allow FaceTime calls from your Favorites or groups of contacts, and allow repeated FaceTime calls to ring through for emergency situations. You can also set whether Do Not Disturb silences your iPad only when it’s locked, or even when it’s unlocked.

Do Not Disturb Settings

3. If you choose to turn Do Not Disturb on for a Scheduled period of time, it will turn off alerts every day at that time unless you disable it. If you select the Manual button, it will turn off all alerts for an unspecified amount of time until you disable it again.

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