A recent upgrade to the iPad’s operating system added some very useful functionality. The Folders feature lets us collect related apps into a folder instead of having them spread across several screens. Here are a few tips to help you put folders to good use.
First, you need to know how to manage apps on your iPad screen. When you touch and hold your finger on one app icon, after a couple of seconds all the icons will start shaking and a tiny “x” appears in the top left corner of each icon. You’re now in app management mode. To delete an app from your iPad, tap the “x” on its icon. You will be prompted to confirm this is what you want to do, then the app is deleted. You can drag icons around the screen and even onto other screens to rearrange them. Once you’re finished, tap the Home button to exit app management.
Setting up folders is easy. In app management mode, drag an app icon onto another app icon. It will create a small black box with very tiny versions of each app’s icon inside it and display a stripe containing each app plus a title bar. You’re iPad will have given your folder a name, which you can change by tapping and typing. Press the Home button and you’re done.
Want to add an app to an existing folder? Again, in app management mode, just drag the app into the folder. You can even open a folder, then drag an app from it to another folder to move from one to another.
Apps aren’t the only thing you can put in these folders. You can bookmark web pages in Safari and put them in your folders. Navigate to the page you want to access from your folder then tap the function icon in Safari’s toolbar and choose Add to Home Screen. A screenshot of your web page will be used as the icon and you can edit the title that will appear with it. Once that’s done, you can move the icon into whichever folder you want. For example, I have bookmarks to my most frequently accessed WeRelate pages stashed in my Research folder, along with the Ancestry, Diigo and Reunion apps.
Folders make it a lot easier to access a large number of apps. I’m down to two screens versus the four screens I had before folders were implemented. And that includes even more apps than before. It takes a little time to create a system that works for you and a little more time to adjust to it, but soon you’ll wonder how you ever survived your old system.