The other day i had this conversation with a newly iPad owner and this how it went down. She: Hi Rachel, i got an iPad. Me: Good for you. Have fun with it. She: Well i wanted to ask you a couple of questions Me: iPad, like any other product out there comes with a book manual. Do you know how to read? She: I do but you are here. If you can show me a few tricks about this thing i’ll really appreciate it. I don’t want to spent hours on a piece of paper looking for instructions when i can get from the horse’s mouth. Me: Ha ha ha, i’m the horse now? She: I mean you know the stuff better than i do. Isn’t that a compliment to take all the way to the bank? Me: Oh-well i don’t own an iPad but if i spend 5 minutes with yours, i’m sure i’ll have something to show you. She: (directing her iPad towards me) There you have it. Spend as much time as you wish with it and then teach me how to operate this thing later. Dinner on me. Me: Trust me. You don’t need to buy me dinner. All i ask is 5 minutes of your silence so i can figure things out. get it? Five minutes later Me: So you have an iPad correct? She: Yes Me: That’s wonderful. Now-let me show you how to rock it like a pro. She: I’m in! So we started, but of course i had to give her a little lecture. Like any piece of technology, iPads aren’t completely obvious when you first pick them up. They have their own language of gestures, swipes, and button presses you should learn to become more comfortable using them. None of these gestures are complicated, but they’re also not immediately obvious. The four and five-finger multitasking gestures are particularly useful, but may take you some time to discover when you first sit down with an iPad. App Switcher Quickly pressing the Home button twice will also open the app switcher. (The Home button is the one button on the front of the iPad.) The app switcher shows thumbnails of your recently used apps. Swipe to the left or right to scroll between the apps you’ve recently used and tap one to switch to it. If you want to remove an app from this list, you can touch its preview image and swipe it upwards, moving it off the screen. App Switcher You can also open the app switcher by placing four fingers on your screen and swiping upwards. This provides another way of getting to the app switcher if you find the gesture more convenient. This gesture can also be reversed. Place four fingers on your screen and swipe downwards to leave the app switcher. This will make the app in the center of the app switcher active. Getting Siri do his/ her job Long-press your Home button from anywhere and the Siri screen will appear, allowing you to perform voice searches and ask questions. Siri will instantly start listening after you long-press the Home button, so you can simply long press it and start speaking. Spotlight From your home screen, place your finger somewhere in the middle of the grid of icons and swipe down to open the Spotlight search feature. Note that you must do this somewhere in the grid of icons; you can’t swipe down from the top of the screen or the notification center will appear instead. Spotlight allows you to quickly search many different things on your device. Spotlight also searches your email, so this is a quick way to find an email without opening your email app and using its built-in search feature. You can also search Google and Wikipedia from here, so this is an easy place to start a web search. Notification Center Swipe down from the top of any screen — whether on the home screen or in an app — and you’ll see the Notification Center. This screen displays push notifications that have appeared on your device, as well as other relevant information such as the current weather and events from your calendar. Grab the handle at the bottom of the screen and swipe upwards — or just press the Home button — to dismiss the Notification Center. Control Center Swipe up from the bottom anywhere on your iPad and you’ll see the Control Center. This pane provides easy access to commonly used settings and options. Here, you’ll find everything from music playback controls, volume and brightness sliders, toggles for options like Mute, and shortcuts to the Timer and Camera apps.Tap anywhere outside the Control Center and it will slide back downwards, off your screen. Last point for now, you can also wake up your iPad by pressing the home button. You don’t have to reach over and tap the power button every time you want to turn the screen on. That was easy right? Yeah-right, well, not so fast. She had plenty of questions to be continued……….