Despite several worthy challengers, the iPad is still the king of tablets. One of the reasons why it has proved so popular is that there are tons of hidden tricks that it can perform.

Here we've rounded up some of the best, including using it to straighten the pictures hanging on your wall, getting Siri to check the weather and taking pictures using the volume control. 

Check out the video above to find out more.


Tip 1: Increase the size of text in apps


It’s very easy to make the text bigger. Just go to Settings - General –Accessibility - Larger Text and then slide the bar to increase the text size to something more suitable. This works in all native Apple apps and third-party apps that support Dynamic Type.


Tip 2: Shake off typing errors

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If you've entered some text into an email or other text box and changed your mind about what you want to write, just shake your iPad and an Undo Typing alert box will pop up. Tap Undo to delete the text. If you change your mind again, shake your iPad and select Redo Typing to get the text back.


Tip 3: Split the keyboard

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Do you tend to type on your iPad's virtual keyboard with your thumbs? If so, you might find it easier if you split the keyboard into two separate sections.

Tap and hold on the Hide Keyboard button on the virtual keyboard (it looks like a keyboard) and choose Split from the pop up menu.

To return the keyboard to its normal position just press this button again and choose Merge and Dock.



Tip 4: A faster way to move between home screen pages

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It's obvious that you move between pages of apps on your home screen by swiping left and right, but many people don't realise that you can achieve the same thing by tapping to the left or right of the little white dots at the bottom of your home screen. You can also jump quickly back to the first screen by pressing the Home button.


Tip 5: Turn off in-app purchase via a single switch

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We've all read the horror stories about young children racking up huge bills via in-app purchases on their parent's iPads. Thankfully, turning off in-app purchases for all apps is pretty easy if you know how. 

Open Settings – General – Restrictions - Enable Restrictions. Create a four-digit passcode and then look for the switch marked ‘In-App Purchases’ in the list and flick it.

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Tip 6: Get rid of the graphics effects

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Apple added lots of cool graphics effects on the iPad, but not everyone is a fan. Some people found that they caused motion sickness, and they tend to slow down the performance of older iPads. To turn them off open Settings – General – Accessibility - Reduce Motion and slide the button to off.


Tip 7: Use Siri to find out about the weather

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Siri is the voice-recognising personal assistant that’s built into your iPad. If you're feeling too lazy to type you can get Siri to perform all manner of tasks just by barking some orders into your tablet.

Activate Siri by going Settings – General – Siri

For example just press and hold the home button to wake up Siri and then simply ask, "What is the weather going to be like in Maidenhead tomorrow" and it will bring up the latest weather information.


Tip 8: The hidden Caps Lock key

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The iPad's keyboard doesn't seem to have a Caps Lock key. However, there is a way to turn on Caps Lock permanently with double-tap on the Shift key.

You’ll see a line appear under the up arrow on the Shift key to indicate that Caps Lock is turned on. To turn it off just tap once on the same key again.

Tip 9: Spirit level

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Trying to straighten up pictures on your wall? There’s an app for that. The iPad’s built-in digital accelerometer allows it to act as a spirit level, but unlike on the iPhone, Apple doesn't pre-load the compass app that has the built-in spirit level feature. However you can download a free one such as Handy Tools – Spirit Level from the App Store.


Tip 10: Focus and take snaps using the volume button

Instead of tapping the screen in the camera app to focus and take a photo you can just tap the volume button instead.

Alternatively, if you have a pair of Apple headphones you can press the button on the headphones to make the camera fire off a snap. Both of these methods are great if you want to take a selfie with the forward-facing camera.


Tip 11: Searching for text on a web page

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It's not obvious, but you can actually search for text on a page in the Safari browser. With the page you want to search open, tap on the address bar at the top and then enter the word or words you want to search for.

This will display results from Google search, but look down the list and you'll see a heading marked 'On This Page'. Tap on it and it'll let you cycle through the results from the page you were viewing.


Tip 12: Quickly return to the top of a page

If you've scrolled all the way to the bottom of a long webpage or contacts list you don’t have to scroll all the way back up again to return to the top. Instead just tap at the top of the screen and the iPad will automatically quickly leap back to the start of the page or list.

Do you have any useful iPad tips? Let us know in the Comments below.