Pages, the Word app for iPad

What is pages? Pages is a great and easy to use word processing app that is exclusively designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. With pages you can create stylish easy to read word documents. Just like many other apps made for the iPad pages is intuitive and user friendly which means you will be able to pick it up and use it in no time at all. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to use pages.

Getting Started with Pages

When you first open pages it will bring you to the home menu. If you want to get started with creating a new document look in the top left corner for a plus sign. Once you tap the plus sign and the drop down menu appears chose create document.

After you tap create document you will be brought to a new menu where you can choose from several different document templates such as blank, classic letter, formal letter, and modern photo letter.

Tools

For the purpose of getting started select the blank template. Once the blank template is open you will notice the keyboard appears at the bottom of the screen. You may find it easier to position your iPad in the landscape orientation as it makes the keyboard wider and easier to type on.

When the blank template opens up you will notice a dark brown bar at the top of the screen and a narrow orange bar directly underneath it. When you tap the narrow orange bar another menu will drop down that will allow you to choose what type of font you want to use, adjust the size of the font, make text bold or italic and adjust the ruler. To close the toolbar simply look in the upper right hand corner of the toolbar and you will notice a button with an x on it. Press the button and the toolbar will close.

Typing – Word processing on iPad

After you have selected the font for your word document you can then begin typing. You may notices that when you type on the iPad keyboard you will hear a noise every time a key on the keyboard is pressed. If you want to turn this sound effect off just press the home button and tap on your settings icon. Select sounds from the menu bar on the left. You will notice on the right side of the menu that there is an option for keyboard clicks and you will want to slide that to off.

Copy And Paste

If you want to copy a word or many words simply start by tapping the word you want to copy. You will notice after you tap the word that a black menu bar will appear and the words will turn blue with two handles at each end of the word. You can select more words by dragging each handle over the words you want to copy. When the words are selected they will be highlighted in blue.

Once you have selected the words you want to copy all you have to do from there is tap the word copy in the black menu bar that appeared when you first selected a word. In order to paste your copied words press your finger on the screen and hold it where you want to paste the words. A magnifying glass will appear to show you exactly where you are on the document and you can drag the magnifying glass to change your position. Once you have selected your position all you have to do is tap paste in the black menu bar.

How To Use FaceTime On iPad

FaceTime is easily one of the coolest functions that the iPad has to offer. Instead of just communicating with someone through iMessage, email or by cell phone you can actually talk to them face to face without them being there.

How cool is that? FaceTime is great for friends and family that you may not get to see as often as you would like and for videoconferencing of any kind. With FaceTime you can connect to anyone at any time. But now, let’s see how to use FaceTime on iPad…

Getting Started

1. The first thing you have to do when you want to use FaceTime for your iPad is to go to your iPad settings. Look at the left menu bar in your iPad settings and search for the FaceTime icon. When you tap the FaceTime icon it will bring you to a new menu. Once you reach this new menu you will be given the option to turn FaceTime on or off. Make sure that you have FaceTime turned on.

2. The second thing you have to do when you want to use FaceTime is to tap the app on your home screen that says Facetime.

The icon for the app will be silver with a picture of a video camera on it and in the middle of the video camera will be a picture of a lens (see image on the right).

3. When FaceTime opens up the iPad’s front facing camera immediately goes to work by displaying your face on the iPad screen.

Be careful this can be a little bit of a shock at first because you will be face to face with yourself.

You will notice on the left hand side you will see your contact list where you can select anyone you might want to FaceTime. In order for this person to FaceTime with you they must also have a device that can use FaceTime.

4. If you want to FaceTime someone that is not on your contacts list that is easy to do as well. In the top right hand corner of your contact list you will see a plus sign. When you tap that plus sign you are given the option to add a new contact.

From there you will see a few sections where you will need to fill in the blanks with information such as their name, phone number and email address.

Once they are added to your contact list you can FaceTime them whenever you want.

The good part about using FaceTime on the iPad is that you don’t place calls on an iPad. What that means is all you need is the email address from the Apple ID of the person you are trying to FaceTime and you will be good to go.

Once you send someone a request to FaceTime they will get an indication on their iPad that you want to FaceTime with them. They will have the option to answer your request or if they want to be a real jerk they can always deny you.

Once this person accepts your request your face will move in to a smaller box in the corner of the iPad and their face will become the larger image that is displayed on the home screen. The audio will operate just like a phone call would. You will simply talk to the person on the other end just like you would a normal conversation on a phone or if you were face to face.

It’s that easy!

One thing you need to know about FaceTime is that it can be a lot of fun. Get as many contacts as you can and start getting them face to face!

iMessage iPad Tutorial – How to set up iMessage

How To Setup iMessage on the iPad

If you are new to the world of iPad or iOS devices in general you might not be familiar with iMessage. If you are new to iMessage then you are definitely in for a treat and if you are familiar with it you should already know that it is one of the most convenient apps available right now.

When it comes to messaging services iMessage is in a league of its own. Sending texts, photos and links has never been easier. Just about anything you can think of or anyone you may want to talk to is available to you right at your fingertips.

iMessage iPad Setup

Setting up iMessage is a pretty quick task that is fairly painless. The iPad aims to be easy to use and it succeeds. No need to worry about spending hours just to set up one simple app because you will be able to set this one up in seconds. We are going to make it easy for you and by the end of this tutorial you will be able to send any type of message you want with iMessage. Let’s take a look at the steps you are going to go through when setting up iMessage.

1. First thing you are going to want to do is take a look at the home screen on your iPad. You should see an app called “settings” and it will be grey/metallic colored with a picture that looks like a gear turning. The next step here is to click on that app.

2. When the settings screen opens up you are presented with two menu bars. The menu bar on the left will show you which app you are viewing the settings for and the menu bar on the right will show you all of the different settings for that particular app. You are going to want to scroll down the menu bar on the left until you come to an app that says messages. The app will be colored green with a little word bubble in it. Click on that green box that says messages.

3. Once you open up the iMessage options the first option at the top will be a swipe bar that allows you to turn on iMessage make sure that it is set to on. If you look a little bit further down the right menu bar you should see an option that says “send & receive” where you will see your Apple ID e-mail address listed. You are now set up to send and receive iMessages through your iPad.

4. If you would like to add another e-mail address to use iMessage with besides your Apple ID simply click on your Apple ID where it says “send & receive” and it will bring you to a new menu. In this new menu you will have the option to add another e-mail address. Go ahead and add another one if you want to by clicking “add another email” then you will receive a verification e-mail at that address. After you verify your new e-mail address you will be able to receive iMessages at that address as well as your Apple ID address.

 

See how easy that was? It was as simple as one, two, three and four was optional. Lucky for you iMessage will keep you connected to all of your friends and family at all times so long as you have your iPad with you but beware because once you start using it you are bound to get hooked. Now that you have your iMessage account all set up why don’t you give it a test drive and send a message to a friend

How To Use iCloud Storage with the iPad

How does iCloud work?

Keeping your data in sync with your computer, phone and tablet can be a big hassle. Transferring files from device to device is a very time consuming process that isn’t fun for anyone.

Thanks to iCloud physically plugging your different devices in so you can sync them has become a thing of the past.

Apple’s iCloud is a web-based service that stores data and syncs it across multiple devices. Your emails, contacts, calendars, and photos can be easily shared on your computer, iPhone and iPad thanks to iCloud. With iCloud enabled on your devices anytime you make a change on an iCloud device all of your other iCloud enable devices will be updated automatically.

In order to use iCloud on iPad you must be running iOS 5 or higher. If you want to sync your iTunes with iCloud you must be using iTunes 10.5 or higher.

Is iCloud free?

Yes, every user of the iCloud service gets 5 GB of storage for free. If you need extra storage, you need to pay yearly fees acording to the size of storage you need.

How To Set Up iCloud

If you are running iOS 5 or higher on your iPad then iCloud should already be built in. What that means is that you won’t need to install iCloud all you have to do from that point is sync it to your iPad and any other devices you might want to use with iCloud. From here your next step is to configure any features that you will want to share automatically and wirelessly across your devices. Let’s get started.

The first step here is to go to the settings app. The icon for the settings app is silver and has a picture of a gear on it.

Once you are in the settings menu scroll down until you see iCloud. The icon for iCloud will be silver with a picture of a cloud on it.

You may have already setup iCloud when you went through the initial setup for your professional iPad. If this is not the case you will need to sign in. In order to sign in you have to tap the account field and from there enter your Apple ID.

Once you have entered your Apple ID you are then free to scroll down and browse all of the different options you have as far as syncing goes. You will see options for mail, contacts, reminders, notes and many other options. In order to sync any of these features with iCloud you must move the slider to on for whichever feature you wish to use.

When you scroll to the very bottom of the screen you notice an option for Storage & Backup. This option is available for you to backup any data on your iPad or iOS device to iCloud. Using iCloud Storage & Backup is highly recommended as it will make it much easier when you need to restore a device wirelessly. Once again if you want to turn this option on simply move to slider to the on position.

Setting up iCloud is a pretty easy process as you can see. There is no doubt that once you see just how convenient iCloud is and how much easier it makes your life you will wonder how you ever lived without it. Make sure to utilize the Storage & Backup as it will come in handy not only when you need to restore a device but also when you update iOS.

Get in the habit of backing up your data to iCloud frequently so that in the event that anything should get erased from your device you will always be able to recover it. Well that about covers it for iCloud. Now that you’ve got yourself set up it’s time to enjoy the benefits of all your information being synced wirelessly, automatically and effortlessly.