The Tesco Hudl tablet uses Google's Android operating system, which is great news as the Android user interface is very intuitive. You control it almost entirely via its touch screen and there are thousands of apps and games available to download.

However, if you've never used a touchscreen tablet before it's easy to find it a little bit overwhelming, simply because your tablet has so many great features. That's why we've put together this handy guide to help get you started.

Check out the video above to find out more.

 

Step 1: Get to know your Homescreen

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Once you set up your Hudl tablet you'll find yourself at the Homescreen. This is actually a series of screens that you scroll through by swiping your finger left and right.

In landscape orientation the bar on the right hand side contains shortcuts to commonly used applications, such as the Chrome web browser.

 

Step 2: Apps

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The middle button, represented by a circle with six dots inside, opens the App Drawer where all your apps are stored. Swipe left and right to view them or tap one to launch.

To add shortcuts to apps on your Homescren tap and hold an app and you’ll to see mini versions of your Homescreens shown beneath. Simply drag the widget to a clear Homescreen and let go of it to install it on that screen.

 

Step 3: Widgets

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Press and hold on the homescreen and select Widgets. Widgets are mini apps that can be dropped onto your Homescreen.

Tap and hold to select one and drag the widget to a clear Homescreen to install it.

To delete it tap and hold and then drag and drop it on the X that appears on the left-hand side of the screen.

 

Step 4: Creating Folders

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To save space on your desktop, you can arrange your shortcuts into folders.

Tap and hold one app and drag it onto another. A circular folder will now surround both apps.

Tap to open the folder, and tap the Unnamed Folder text to enter a name for the folder.

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Step 5: Multitasking with apps

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At the bottom of the screen you'll see three buttons. The central Home button, the Back button and the rectangular Multitasking button.

Tap the Multitasking button to see thumbnails of any open apps. Tap on one of these thumbnails and you'll be returned to where you left off in that particular app, or slide it off the screen to shut it.

 

Step 6: Settings and notifications

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On the Homescreen swipe down from the top right-hand side of the screen to see the Settings shortcuts for wi-fi and other features.

Swiping down from the left-hand side of the screen shows the Notification bar where new alerts for things such as incoming email messages are displayed.  You can get rid of notifications by swiping left.

 

Step 7: Zooming

Remember that in the browser and some other apps, such as Picture Gallery, you can zoom in and out of a page or an image by holding two fingers on the screen and moving them apart or bringing them together.