Tablets are becoming more and more popular, and the iPad is at the top of the list. Many people, however, arent familiar with how to use this piece of technology. Even those that have experience with Apple products often are unaware of a few tricks that could make their experience more enjoyable. This article will outline a few things that you can do to make the most of your iPad. Accessing the running apps is easy. By double-clicking on your Home button, you will see every running app in a bar near the bottom of the screen. If you want to go to one of these apps, just click it on the bottom bar. Swipe downward on the screen to make the bar disappear. Some newer iPads have a mute button instead of a lock orientation one. If you prefer the lock orientation feature, you should go into your settings and tap on the general section. You will be able to choose which function you want to associate with this button. Save your changes when you are done. If you do not have much time, do not use your iPhones charger to charge your iPad. Your iPad requires higher wattage to charge than an iPod does. It will take much longer to fully charge your iPad if you use the iPhones charger. Instead, use the charging cables that came with your iPad. If you want to charge your iPad as quickly as possible, do not use an iPhone charger. The wattage required by the iPad is twice as much as that for the iPhone. Charging with an iPhone charger will take far more time. You should use the charger that came with the iPad. It is a good idea to turn off your iPads push mail. A lot of mail accounts default settings go to Push as a delivery mechanism. This automatically will push your new mail as soon as available. This can be distracting and interfere with what you are working on. Turn this feature off. The best case truly insures your iPad against damage. You should invest more than a few dollars in a strong, protective hard or soft case. A folio is another excellent choice as it protects both the screen and the iPad itself. $50-80 is a good estimate of the cost of a truly protective case, so dont cheap out! Change the passcode on your iPad. You automatically are prompted for only a four-digit password. However, this is not as secure as you would like since this not only gets you into your iPad but also is used to encrypt your data. Therefore, go to Passcode Lock under your General Settings and turn off Simple Passcode. After that, you will be able to make the password any length you like using any keyboard characters. When using your iPad as a camera, you can easily change the focus and light meter with just a tap. Simply tap the subject of the photo and the iPad will automatically adjust to bring the subject in focus. This also adjusts the light meter to the area around the subject giving you a great photo. Go to the apps that you usually run easier and quicker. Click on your home button two times, and your apps will show up on your screen. Rather than scrolling for apps, youll be able to find them instantly. Did you just make a typo? Tap and hold on the misspelled Full Write-up word, choose select and you will have access to a replace function. Tap on replace and a list of suggestions will appear. Select the right spelling and the word will be replaced. If the proper selection does not appear, you will have to use backspace and retype the word. If you are one of those people that likes sharing a lot of the information you find enjoyable with your friends, there is a very easy way to share podcasts. All you have to do is press the Email button while the podcast is open and email it to whoever you like. Anyone can use an iPad successfully, whether they are a baby playing with a number learning app or a senior who wants to play Tetris. Everyone and anyone in-between can find great utility in this tablet. This article has provided tips to make the iPad the best tool for anyone who wishes to own one.