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How to use Multitasking Gestures for the iPad2 and iPad

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November 12, 2011


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How to use Multitasking Gestures for the iPad2 and iPad

Since iOS 5’s release, the iPad 2 was able to perform multitasking gestures. You may be thinking what are these multitasking gestures? Such gestures would be:

• Using multiple fingers to swipe through to other applications without the need to press the home button and tap another app
• Swipes to the multitasking bar much like pressing the ‘Home’ button twice
• The pinch to home screen instead of pressing the home button to get to the home screen.

These gestures are very similar to Lion OS X behaves for the Macbook Pro. Now with the iOS 5.0.1 update, the original iPad also supports these multi-gesture features.

How to turn on Multitasking Gestures:
To use Multitasking Gestures, you must first turn this feature on.
1)Go to “Settings” from the home screen
2) Tap on the “General”
3) And switch the “Multitasking Gestures” box from “Off” to “On”

How to use Multitasking Gestures:
Most of the features of multi Tasking is done with four to five fingers:
• Pinch to the Home Screen
If you would like to get to the home screen when using an app, using all four to five fingers, pinch together.

• Swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar
If you would like to get to the multitasking bar to select a specific app in mind or to close out existing apps, using all four or five fingers, swipe up.

• Swipe left or right between apps
If you would like to get to another app when inside your current app, swipe with four to five fingers left or right. (Note, this will work if you have more than 1 app running at the same time)

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