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Important iPad Hints

ipad hintsApple finally gave us the date the first iPads will hit store shelves: April 3. We've been closely following the touch-screen tablet since Apple first announced it in late January, but here's a quick iPad hints for your most essential questions about the device.

1. How to Turn iPad On or Off
Don’t feel dumb if you can’t figure out how to turn the iPad on or off. There are many people who can’t. It doesn’t work like any other normal device with an on/off switch. In fact, you have to use the Sleep/Wake button to switch it. Here’s how.
To turn iPad on: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the unit for a few seconds until you see it start.
To turn iPad off: Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the unit for a few seconds until the slider appears. You can then swipe the slider to Off. Now it should be easy!

2. How to restart
First make sure you don’t have the Hold button on. Your iPad may be locked not frozen.
Lock and unlock the iPad using the Hold switch. Press and hold the Menu and Center buttons together for about 6 to 8 seconds. If done correctly, you should see the screen turn off then see the Apple logo.

3. On-The-Go Playlist
You can make a queue of the songs you want to listen to. Go to a song, artist, album, or even a playlist. Click on the Center (Select) button until your selection flashes. You can then go on to your next selection. You can review the queue you have just put together by going to Playlists, it is called On-The-Go.

4. Save battery
You can extend the life of your battery per charge by avoiding skipping songs (especially on the hard disk iPads), turning off the backlight, and turning the iPad itself off. The more you stick to this list, the longer your battery will last. Turn off WiFi in the settings menu to save battery power when not in use.

5. iPad to PC, iPod to iPad, iPad to Mac etc
If your iPad is set to "Automatically update all songs and playlists", iTunes will update the iPad with your current library when you connect it. This is a nice feature, but keep in mind the following two cases:

1) Your iPad contains songs, which you accidentally lost in your music library.
All songs, that doesn't exist in your music library anymore will be deleted from the iPad if you connect it and iTunes does the update. To supress the update, activate iTunes, plug the iPad in and immediately hold down Shift + Ctrl + Alt until the iPad is shown in iTunes source list. After that you can start restoring your songs.
2) You want transfer songs from your iPad to another PC with installed iTunes.
If you have also activated the setting "Open iTunes if this iPad is attached", iTunes opens and ask you about to replace the content of your iPad with the current music library. If you click "Yes" iTunes will delete all songs on the iPad, which are not in the current music library. And this were the songs you want to transfer...
So always answer with "No" !
You can supress this dialog with Shift + Ctrl + Alt also.

You can deactivate the automatically update by setting the iPad preferences to "Manually manage songs and playlists". You find this setting here: Connect your iPad and start iTunes. Right click on the iPad in the iTunes Sourcelist and choose "iPad Options". You can also click in the lower right corner on "Display iPad options".

It is strongly recommended to enable the "Manually manage songs and playlists" setting before using iPad Transfer!

6. Connect to TV
Most iPads, including the iPhone and iPad Touch, can actually be connected to your TV. You can then listen to music, watch photo slideshows, and even watch movies. You will require a special cable to do this. Its not High Definition, but its not bad. Make sure you get the right cable, and that your iPad supports this feature.

7. Download torrent video to iPad
Torrent is a small file with the suffix .torrent, which contains all the information needed to download a file the torrent was made for. That means it contains file names, their sizes, where to download from and so on. You can get torrents for almost anything on lots of web sites and torrent search engines. Torrent is the most popular way of downloading large files, including movies and games (remember legality of downloading). Downloading with a torrent is advantageous especially when downloading files, which are momentarily very popular and whitch lots of people are downloading. Because the more people download the file, the higher speed for everyone. This guide tell you how to download torrent video and put torrent video to iPad.

8. Rip DVD movie and convert video to iPad?
If you want to watch some videos that you download from internet or you already have it on DVD and don't want to pay for it again on itunes. You can use a third part software to help you to do this. If you want to know more, you can follow this step by step guide: How to Rip DVD and Convert Video to iPad?

9. Organize Videos or Movies
Open iTunes, on movie file right click, "Get Info".
Go to video tab, change video kind to "TV Show" and add show name (category to organize by). Files with same show name will be grouped into one folder

10. Control Your Backlight
You can adjust how long the backlight stays on by going to Settings > Backlight Timer. You can select On, Off, or an interval between 2-20 seconds.