Here we are again, at another edition of PadGadget’s iPad tips. Each week, we offer new tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your Apple tablet. Last week, we told you how to sync your Notes app between devices. This week, we have some helpful hints on how to keep your iPad’s home screen organized.
So you’ve had your iPad for a while now, and you are starting to find it difficult to remember where all of your apps are. Maybe you have a few go-to apps that you have memorized the location of, but where did that birthday card making app go that you downloaded three months ago?
If you have more apps than you know what to do with, it is time to weed out the old ones and organize what you want to keep into folders for quick access.
The easiest way to organize your apps is to sync up with your computer and move your apps around using iTunes. You could touch and hold apps until they wiggle and then drag them from page to page until you get everything situated, but using iTunes allows you to see all of your pages at the same time so you can drag and drop apps where you want to more conveniently.
Plug your iPad into your computer using the USB connector cable. Once your iPad appears on the iTunes screen, select it from the sidebar. Then, select the applications tab at the top of the iPad’s summary page.
When you are in the iPad’s app summary window, you will see your device’s current screen on the right side and a list of apps on the left side. Below the home screen view, you will be able to see all of your iPad’s pages as thumbnail images.
To move apps around, select the page you want to move apps from, click on the app in the large view window and drag them to the thumbnail image of the page you want to move them to. For example, if you select the third page, it will appear in the large-view window and you can see all of the apps clearly. If you want to move more than one app at a time, hold down the command key while clicking on the apps you want to move and you will be able to grab multiple apps and move them all at the same time. Drag them to the first page’s thumbnail image and all apps will be moved to the new page.
Select the page you just moved apps to and you can rearrange them. You can list the most important apps on top, or arrange them alphabetically. What ever you prefer, you can move your apps around by clicking and dragging them as if you were using your touch screen. You can even create folders by syncing your iPad in iTunes.
What’s that, you say? You don’t know what folders are? Folders are the best app organization tool that Apple has come up with so far. They allow you to put multiple apps into one spot so that you can condense your collection. You can put as many as 20 apps into a single folder.
To create a new folder, select one app and drag it over the top of another app. If you hold it there for a second, a folder window will appear with a suggested name. For example, if you drag your FX Photo Studio HD app over your iStopMotion app, your device will automatically name the app, “Photography.” You can rename the app what ever you like.
Depending on your level of app use, you may want one folder for photography editing apps and a different folder for photography camera apps. You can create and organize your apps however you like.
If you are looking for a specific app that was not on your iPad, but you know that you own, you can search for it in the app list to the left of the large-view window. In the App List, you can arrange apps by name, category, and date added. You can also type the name of an app into the search bar to find it directly.
Once you’ve found the app, you can select it from the App List and tap the “Add” button to add it to your ipad. You can do the same thing to remove an app from your iPad, as well.
Once you’ve added, deleted, or moved your apps to the pages you want and created and arranged your folders to your desire, you can make it official by clicking the “Apply” button.
After the iPad has finished syncing, you can eject it from your computer and your device will have a nice, organized page of apps inside folders that are arranged however you like.
You’ll never have to wonder where you put that mojito recipe app again.