The iPad and iPad Pro push mobile working and entertainment to the limits without having to get out your laptop. But are you making the most of your new tablet?

Here we look at some of the ways you can maximise your work-flow on the go or just enjoy your tablet more around the home.

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iPad Gestures

Access App Switcher: Remember when we said "don't swipe up too far" when trying to access the Dock? That's because if you swipe, and keep swiping upwards, you get to the new App Switcher.

Access Control Center: It's changed in the latest version of iOS 12. Now instead of swiping up you have to swipe down from the battery icon at the top right of the screen.

Seeing Notifications: To see your latest Notifications on iOS 12 you now need to swipe down from the top left of the screen; where the time and date are.

Quickly switch between apps: If you are using the new iPad Pro (2018) models you can switch between apps by swiping the long white bar at the bottom of the screen just like you can on the button-less iPhone models.

Back to the Home screen: To go back to the Home screen swipe up from the bottom of the screen quickly.

Tap to Wake: If you have an iPad Pro 2018 model you can tap anywhere on the screen to wake your iPad.  

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iPad multitasking

Here are some essential tips to ensure you can actually use it and don't get stumped by the new gesture-based system. 

Use Slide Over (floating window) on iPad: iOS 12 allows you to have one floating app window running on top of your main app. To bring up a secondary app this way, slide slowly up from the bottom of the screen until the Dock appears, then take your finger off the screen, tap and hold the icon of the app you want to load and drag and drop it from the Dock onto the screen. 

Move the Slide Over Window: To move the Slide Over app to the other side of the screen, simply drag it from the top of the window (you'll see a long line there). You can move it to the left or right side of the screen. 

Use split-screen multitasking in iOS 11: With your Slide Over app floating on the screen, just drag the top of that pop-up window upwards or downwards, and the app will fill part of the screen, alongside your primary app. 

Adjust the split point: By default, the secondary app takes up around 1/4 of the screen. If you want to make it the primary/larger app or make it 50/50 on screen, just move the dark split line left or right. 

Drag and drop files/photos: You can drag and drop files and images into emails or messages from one app to another. Find the image/file you want, and simply drag it across to the Message or email you're composing. 

Copy text/URLs to Notes: Like copying and pasting files or images, you can drag chunks of text or a URL from Safari into Notes. Tap on the text you want to copy, then long press it, and drag it across to Notes. You'll need to have both apps open on the same screen for it to work.

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Apple Pencil tips

If you're a Pencil user, you'll be pleased to know that Apple has paid special attention to giving you specific tools to use.

Access Notes from Lock Screen: If you have an Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, grab the Pencil, tap on the Lock Screen and you'll be able to open Notes and start creating a new note. This works even if the screen is locked. To make sure this feature is turned on go to Settings > Notes > and then set what you want the "Access Notes from Lock Screen" feature to do. You can have it always create a new note, resume the last note created on the Lock Screen or resume last note viewed in the notes app. With the 2017 iPad and iPad Pro you'll need to wake the screen first. iPad Pro 2018 users can simply tap the screen when it's off.

Handwritten notes: In the Notes app, use your Apple Pencil to start writing a handwritten note. You can easily switch between handwritten and typed notes within the same note. 

Search handwritten notes: You'll find the "Search" field in the side menu as normal, but now you can use it to search handwritten notes as well as the old-style typed ones. If your handwriting is clear enough, Notes understands what you're writing. 

Quickly markup images/PDFs: With your Apple Pencil, you can quickly sign documents, annotate PDFs or web pages just by placing the Apple Pencil tip on the screen. 

Changing double-tap shortcut: If you are using the Apple Pencil (2nd gen) with the new iPad Pro (2018) models you can change what the double tap feature does. Go to Settings > Apple Pencil. Here you can opt to have it switch between the current tool and the eraser, the current tool and last used, or show colour palette. You can also opt to turn the feature off completely.

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Keyboard tips

On iPad Pro, with a Smart Keyboard, you can press and hold the "CMD" key to reveal all of your available keyboard shortcuts. In most instances, these match the ones you're used to using on a Mac.

iPad and iPad Pro keyboard shortcuts:

Cmd + N opens a new window, which is handy for split-view in Safari.

Cmd + H takes you to the home screen

Cmd + Spacebar takes you straight to the search.

Cmd + Tab lets you scrolls though open apps

Press and hold Cmd to reveal in app shortcuts

Cmd + Shift + 3 will, like a Mac, let you take a screen shot of the whole screen

Cmd + Shift + 4 will let you take a screen shot and then automatically open it in mark up mode.

Unlock your iPad: If you're using an iPad Pro (2018) model with Face ID you can simply tap on the spacebar and the iPad opens. Just make sure you're looking at the Face ID camera when you do.

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iPad Pro (2018) tips

The iPad Pro (2018) models bring with it a few extra features not found on the iPad or the 2017 and earlier iPad Pro models.

Face ID for more than one person: The new models feature Face ID meaning like the iPhones you can unlock it with your face. Face ID allows up to two faces to be stored to unlock the device without a passcode. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and tap on the "Set Up an Alternative Appearance".

Using Memoji and Animoji in iMessage: That's right, the new iPad Pros have Animoji and Memoji support. Go to iMessages, compose a message to a friend and then tap on the little Monkey icon and scroll through the creature options. If you've already made a Memoji on your iPhone it will automatically appear here (as long as you are signed into iCloud) if not, tap on the plus symbol and customise away.

Using Memoji and Animoji in FaceTime: This is a little bit more tricky. You have to make the FaceTime call to the person you want to talk to first and then when you're in the call press a "star" icon to reveal the Animoji and Memoji characters. You can then carry on the conversation or change characters at the press of a button.

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iPad general tips

Add apps to Dock: Add apps to the Dock simply by long-pressing an app icon, then dragging it into position. The Dock can hold up to 13 apps or folders and a further two "most recent" apps. If you only have 11 apps in your Dock you can have a further three "most recent" apps.

Remove recent apps from Dock: By default, there's a small section of the Dock reserved for recently used apps. It's on the right of the Dock and separated from other docked apps by a fine vertical dividing line. If you don't want them, go to Settings > General > Multitasking & Dock, then toggle the "Recent Apps" switch off. 

QuickType keyboard: The new iPad keyboard now makes it much easier to get to the symbols and numbers you use frequently. Now, just swipe down quickly on the corresponding key to get to your primary punctuation symbols and numbers. Secondary options are still accessible by tapping the symbols key.

Scan documents: iPads now act as document scanners with iOS 11. Open up the Notes app, tap on the "+" icon, then choose "Scan Documents" and snap a picture of a document. You can choose to have it detect the document automatically, or do it manually. Once the picture is taken, the iPad can then automatically realign it to make it a flat, editable document.  

iOS 12 tips and tricks 

You can check out many more iOS 12 tips and tricks in our dedicated iPhone tips and tricks articles: