Few things are more exciting than getting a new iPad. However, it can be really frustrating to figure out how to optimize your use of it. The following article will detail some interesting tips and tricks on using your new iPad more effectively, and just how to have more fun with it in general. Buy a good-quality case and screen protector for your iPad. You probably paid a lot of money for your iPad, so you need to ensure that you keep it protected against damage. A good-quality case will protect your iPad from minor accidental falls, while a screen protector will stop the screen from getting scratched. Turn on Apples iCloud as soon as you get an iPad. iCloud acts as an important backup to your most critical documents, photos, music, and more. The beauty of it is that it just works. No need to manually force it to back your items up; it does it behind the scenes. Choose between Orientation Lock and Mute. Older versions of the iPad featured an "Orientation Lock" button on the side of the device. The button remained on later versions, but its function was switched to "Mute." If you preferred the older function, you can access More Support a setting in the General Settings menu to set it back to its original function. If youre battery is draining fast than youd like, turn off some notifications and location based items. Your iPad is constantly monitoring where you are (as long as its on wifi, 3G, or LTE). This monitoring sucks the life out of your battery. If you dont need the features, then you can extend your battery time with a few flicks of a button. Choose between Orientation Lock and Mute. Older versions of the iPad featured an "Orientation Lock" button on the side of the device. The button remained on later versions, but its function was switched to "Mute." If you preferred the older function, you can access a setting in the General Settings menu to set it back to its original function. The iPads ".com" button can multitask. Most people know about the handy ".com" button that makes typing web addresses easier, but it can do much more than that. If the website you are heading to ends in ".net" or ".edu," simply hold down the ".com" button and you will see several new options pop up. Let your children play with the iPad. Because the functions run on a touch screen, even small toddlers can have fun with it. This is a great way to introduce the computer to your young children. Watch how they use this tool, and you will be amazed at how quickly they learn on it. Buy a custom case to hold your iPad. These cases look like book covers, and they enable you to use the iPad without taking it out. The case protects your expensive equipment if you accidentally drop it. It also makes it easier for you to carry around your fragile equipment. You can configure your iPads home button to perform a given action by being triple clicked. To do this, simply bring up the Settings tab and then click on General, followed by Accessibility. Then go ahead and triple-click your home button and go on to select what you want your home button to do. This will enable you to triple click and access a chosen function. If you do not like the search engine, you are using on your iPad, you can change it. All you need to do is go to Settings, then Safari, and finally, search engine. Here, you can choose which search engine you would like. Just be aware that you can only pick from Bing, Yahoo, or Google. Buy a custom case to hold your iPad. These cases look like book covers, and they enable you to use the iPad without taking it out. The case protects your expensive equipment if you accidentally drop it. It also makes it easier for you to carry around your fragile equipment. Filling out long forms using the iPads touch-sensitive keyboard is time-consuming and frustrating. Access the settings for the Safari browser, then select the AutoFill feature. Whenever you need to fill out a form while browsing with Safari, you can have your information plugged in automatically. This makes signing up and providing basic information much more convenient. The iPad calendar is a tool created specifically for those busy bodies that need to keep a tight schedule. A navigation bar is located along the screens lower margin that allows for quick jumps from one day to the other. People may now utilize this calendar to schedule events weeks or months in advance. There are also various audible and visual alarms that guarantees they will remember. Can your iPad do everything your computer can and more? Yes, of course it can! It just takes a little ingenuity, research and determination to make the iPad what you want it to be. This article is a great start for you, so use the advice here and you should be well on your way.