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iPad: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer

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Chapter 3. Interact with Your iPad

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You’ll learn to:

  • Do the digit dance to control your iPad

  • Use keyboard shortcuts

  • Have Siri execute commands and take dictation

  • Cut, copy, paste, and spell-check text

  • Print out your files

THESE DAYS, YOU FIND touchscreens everywhere: on ATMs, plane- and train-ticket kiosks, and even in some fast-food joints. So the iPad’s touch-screen—full-size or Mini—is pretty familiar territory for most of us.

But using an iPad takes more than touch. You tap, you flick, you swipe, you double-tap, you drag, you press-and-hold. Which motion you make and when you make it depends on what you’re trying to do. And that’s where this chapter comes in.

Over the next few pages, you’ll learn how to do the digit dance so your iPad responds to your every command. And what could be easier or more direct than entering text into apps like Mail and Notes simply by talking? Yes, the latest tablet even handles dictation thanks to Siri, the iPad’s virtual assistant, which can do a whole lot more than just type for you.

You’ll also pick up a few keyboard shortcuts here, learn how to find stuff fast on your ’Pad, and find out how to print files you’ve been working on. So clear your throat and get those touchy fingers limbered up by turning the page.

Finger Moves for the iPad

THE “BRAIN” BEHIND THE iPad—its operating system—is smart enough to respond to a series of very different touches. The ones ...

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