How to Use iPad-Only Gestures

How to Use iPad-Only Gestures
We're all familiar with the one-finger swipe and the two-finger pinch, but if you have an iPad, you may want to consider using all five fingers. Since iOS 5, Apple has added new gestures that make multitasking and navigating between apps more seamless than ever before. These gestures make it easy to see which apps are active, swipe between them, and quickly return to the Home screen.

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First, make sure the function Multitasking Gestures is enabled. Go to Settings.

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Select General and find Multitasking Gestures; turn on.


Five-finger Pinch: As though to gather a sheet with an open hand, place all five fingers on the iPad screen and '"grab" away. Doing this at any point will immediately take you to the Home screen.

Four-finger Swipe Up: If you haven't already discovered your multitasking bar (also accessible by two clicks of the home button), I highly recommend you do. Holding four fingers to the screen, swipe up to display the multitasking bar. From here you can swipe left and right to view currently active or recent applications (pro-tip: from the multitask bar, quickly swipe up to close an app.) Swipe four fingers down to hide the bar.

Four-finger swipe left/right: My favorite addition is the four-finger swipe left/right. This allows you to slide between active applications without opening the multitasking bar. Place four fingers on the screen and "turn the page." I love this because it allows me to shuffle between email, writing documents, open browsers, and more.

 

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