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7 Clever Tricks that Make Your iPad Easier to Use

January 02, 2016 Claude Cloutier

Using an iPad isn't rocket science. One of the things that die-hard Apple users love most about them is their combination of powerful computing with simple, easy-to-use functionality. That's even more pronounced with Apple's new iOS 9 operating system.

However, when you pull your Apple gadget out of its shiny package, it's not your personalized gadget yet. For that, you need to tweak some settings to make it your own.


Here's a list of tips and tricks to help you make using your iPad easier than it already is. Whether it's making text larger, so it's easier to read, or having your iPad speak to you, and points in between, we've got you covered.

1. MAKE TEXT BIGGER AND BOLDER

Despite the iPad's larger displays, you know it's not always easy to read the tiny print on those screens. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to make your iPad display easier to read.

If you'd like to make your text bigger, and bolder, here's how to do that: Go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Larger Text >> Larger Accessibility Sizes.

Then, move the slider to adjust the size of the font. To bold the text, tap on the Bold Text button.

Note: To turn on the bold text, you will need to restart your iPad.

2. ZOOM IN FOR BIGGER TEXT

There's one more trick I know for making text bigger. Go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility, then turn on Zoom.


Then, use three fingers to double tap; then, you can zoom in and out on any application like Mail, Safari, and your Home and Lock screens. This will also work if you want to zoom in on an Instagram photo.

Note: With iOS 9, you can zoom in and out when you're watching videos. To use zoom, just pinch in and out with two fingers, like you do with photos.

3. KEYBOARD ALTERNATIVES

If you'd prefer to use a standard keyboard, rather than type directly onto your iPad's touch screen, Apple lets you use keyboards made by other companies, or third-party providers, as long as you're using iOS 8 or iOS 9. Go to Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Keyboards >> Add a New Keyboard.

Once you add your keyboard, you'll notice that Apple alerts you, saying that some third-party keyboards only work if you give them full access to your Apple device. Apple doesn't share that information, unless you give your permission.

To do that: Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Keyboards >> tap on your keyboard.

4. ADD BUTTON SHAPES

Another handy feature to make it easier to read is turning on Button Shapes. (Settings >> General >> Accessibility, then turn on Button Shapes.) It adds outlines and shapes to the buttons so you have a better idea of where to press.

5. ENABLE CAPTIONING

Do you watch TV with Closed Captioning? Those are the written words on the TV screen that match what people on TV shows and on commercials are saying. Closed Captioning is extremely useful if you're hard of hearing, or if you want to enjoy a TV show or movie while everyone else is trying to sleep.

Captioning, or Subtitles, is available on most Apple devices using the iOS 9 operating system. It's easy to set up: Go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility. Then, turn on Captioning & Subtitles. You can customize the caption's font, size, type and color.

6. HAVE YOUR IPAD READ TO YOU

VoiceOver can be a handy feature. Simply put, VoiceOver reads out loud the words on your Apple device. That includes written content. But it also provides descriptions of what you may not be able to see on the screen.

It will read each letter as you're typing a text or email. It will tell you which app button you're touching, who's calling you, how much battery life you've got left, and more.

VoiceOver will read directions to you in maps, have your camera tell you how many people are in your shot, and get spoken photo descriptions. You can write notes and letters on the screen and have VoiceOver translate your messages into text for email and other apps.

To turn it on: Go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility, then turn VoiceOver on. You have the option to practice with VoiceOver, including setting its speaking rate. To use VoiceOver from your iOS device, press three times on the home button.

7. INVERT COLOR

If you're reading a lot on your iPad at night, it becomes harder on the eyes as the background is white and letters are black. There's a lot of white light that's sent in your eyes. Most people turn the brightness down but there's still quite a bit of white shining.

I personally use the Invert Color feature which makes the background black and the letters white. That's much more convenient for reading at night.

To turn it on: Go to Settings >> General >> Slide the button to the right.

One More Thing!

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Hope you find these little tricks helpful. Share with your friends if you liked them :)

 



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