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English: The logo for Apple Computer, now Appl...

English: The logo for Apple Computer, now Apple Inc.. The design of the logo started in 1977 designed by Rob Janoff with the rainbow color theme used until 1999 when Apple stopped using the rainbow color theme and used a few different color themes for the same design. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: iPad 2 wordmark, by Apple Inc.

English: iPad 2 wordmark, by Apple Inc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Apple iPad Event

English: Apple iPad Event (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They say that anyone with half a brain can use iPad at its basic level. Well, iPad, in fact, is very basic, even 2-year old kids can work well with it. There’s no such thing as a learning curve, and definitely, if you have used an iPhone before, using an iPad for the first time is a day at the beach. It is made to be that way.

But most of these people who say it’s not a hassle aren’t over 60 and they don’t remember analog or never experienced it. For us oldies who are newbies with internet, let me tell you, it is not that easy because of physical and mental coordination and memory.

But still, even when things have already been simplified by Apple, there are still some things about using iPad  that may take time before you know them well. Here are a few:

1. Soft Reset

Apple’s iPad does not necessarily come with an insurance that it will perform the same way it did the first time you bought it. Although there are no moving parts in the device, which generally means the device deteriorates very slowly if at all. There are still some risks though that some of its parts may not function in the long run. In case something goes awry with iPad, you can always find consolation in its Soft Reset function.

Soft Reset comes in very handy when the system freezes. It can be performed by just holding the top or power button simultaneously with the front or Home button for a couple of seconds. This will force your device to restart. Not happy with how an app is working and want to force quit it? Hold the Home button the same way, this time without holding the power button, and the device will exit any running app.

2. Cut and Copy & Paste

It’s a pain to copy long texts on iPad so Apple created an easy solution that will let you copy an entire paragraph without necessary stretching the blue knobs that appear on your screen. To do this, tap any text four times and this will highlight the entire paragraph. This trick can be done only though if you are copying an editable text. Otherwise, you’re stumped.

3. Importing Free E-Books

There are still some free things in this world. Free eBooks on Apple’s iBooks for example. If you want to download old books that have fallen out of copyright, you’ll find that there is an extensive collection of free eBooks downloadable on iPad. So long as you stick to the classics, you’re a happy man with iBooks.

4. Easy Mute

When embarrassing moments are on the horizon because you frequently forget to turn off the volume of your multimedia device, you’ll find that iPad gives you a break. It has an easy mute function that allows you to automatically turn the volume off. For two seconds, press the volume down and you’ll have peace and quiet back.

5. Supersized Screenshots

Now the screenshot of your driving simulator would look more like a windshield than a tiny keyhole. Take giant screenshots on your iPad by holding the power and home buttons simultaneously for half a second.

6. Bring The Virtual Keyboard Back

Switching between keyboards, real and virtual keyboards, is not as hard as many people confess. You only have to hit the eject key on the real, physical keyboard to bring the virtual one up.

With these six tricks for iPad, your experience with this wonderful machine will become more enjoyable. Remember that just like everything else in life you have to practice and practice some more to become good.  You can’t become great with iPad by reading this article.  You have to do it. You have to train. You have to do it over and over again. Just like when us humans learned to talk, walk, and stalk animals. When we learned to plant, grow, and harvest food. If your fingers are bent and bumpy like mine, I wish you luck.  Don’t throw your iPad in the river. Keep at it.