6 hidden secrets every iPad user should know

The more you learn, the more you find you need to learn more

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Are you obsessed with your iPad? You might be, and it makes no difference if you got your first one last Christmas or you’ve been using one for years. There’s always more to learn. I’ve gathered a few cool tips you may not have found just yet:

Triple click

You knew you could tap the Home button once to get back to the main screen, and twice to bring up the multitasking view, but did you know about the triple click trick? This is enabled in Settings>General>Accessibility, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Accessibility Shortcut.

Tap this and choose your own triple-click trick, options include:

  • VoiceOver
  • Invert Colors (great for night reading)
  • Grayscale
  • Zoom
  • Switch Control
  • Assistive Touch

Choose one or more of these and next time you triple-click your Home button the effect will be applied, or, if you choose two or more options you’ll see an on-screen menu offering choices.    

zoom tools

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Get Zoom

Out with your iOS device and forgot your specs? If you can squint your way through to Settings>General>Acessibility>Zoom (or set it as a triple click option) you may yet be able to read that essential Tweet.

When Zoom is active, a double tap with three fingers will activate a zoom window that you can move around the screen (or a full screen zoom you navigate with three fingers if “Full Screen Zoom” is active). Hit the Show Controller setting in Zoom and a small control button appears, while a tap on the small box at the bottom of the zoom window gives you other choices.

It takes getting used to, but helps those who (like me) must squint at the display.

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