We've seen some of the equipment we should carry and learned all we need to write effectively on an iPad Pro. Now, we'll look at the embedded multi-tasking features on the Apple tablet.
Welcome to the third episode in the multi-page guide to help you use an iPad Pro instead of a laptop.
: iPad Equipment
Apple has been working hard to develop multitasking on iPad Pro. Features like Slide Out and Split View help you work within multiple apps, while the latest apps included to the right of the Dock help ensure that the software you need to use is easily accessible to you.
Important Movements for Work with Applications
All multitasking tools are useful, but you should learn a few moves first:
Access App Switcher: Swipe up with a finger from the bottom of the screen and hold your finger to App Switcher is displayed. Now you can see all the apps you have open now. You can also get there by raising the bar at the bottom of the screen.
Swipe Life: When working in an app, drag left or right with four or five fingers to swap between active apps in 201
Back to home screen: Command-H on a keyboard, swipe up from the bottom to the top half of the screen, or (my favorite
Open notifications and today see: Drag down from the top to left on the display.
Access Control Center: Swipe down from the top right of the display.
Open Dock: Alternate Command-D, or swipe slightly from the bottom of the screen.
] * Tip : If you use a keyboard, Command-Tab opens a Mac-like App Switcher so you can quickly navigate through open apps.
Let's start multitasking  Apple's multitasking features are designed to make it more intuitive and (dare I say that?) More Mac-like when using an iPad Pro instead of a laptop.
The idea is that you can use these features to work on different programs since page, to copy and paste information between apps and more .
A weakness in this implementation is that you can not yet open two instances of the same app side by side, making it difficult to compare, for example, and share notes from documents created in Word (but see the tip below) .
You should check that these multitasking features are active. See Settings> General> Multitasking and Dock and make sure Allow more apps, Permanent video overlay, Gestures and View Suggested, and Recent Applications all switch to Green. With that out of here, here are the multitasking movements you'll find in iOS 12 on an iPad Pro.
Open apps in slide show
If you're in an app, open another app above the first in slide show. It's simple: In the first app, open the dock and just drag and drop the other app you want to use from Dock to one side of the main screen. It opens as a floating window over the first app, but you will be able to use the second app in the floating window. You can change the position of the window by dragging the drag line at the top of the window, or clear it by swiping it to the right until it disappears. (You can get the window back by swiping from the edge to the left of the screen.)
Or open programs in Split View
Opening another app in Slide View is usually a good first step to open two Apps page by side in Split View. To do that, open the other app by dragging it from the Dock, and when open, drag the drawer at the top of the window until the first app moves slightly to the left. Now you can see both apps side by side in Split View. You can also adjust the amount of screen space given to each app by dragging the gray drag line in the dark line between the two left or right apps – or drag the bar all the way to the left or right to close one of the visible apps.
How to use three apps at the same time
While working in two shared view apps, you can also open a third app in slide show:
NB: Make sure the third app is open and available in Share Recent Apps to the Right of your Dock (Tips below).
When the symbol is visible and you are in Split View, just drag the icon up from the Dock to open it in Slide View. Now you have two apps open next to each other with a third app also visible on the screen.
Be careful, because it's quite easy to accidentally replace one of the already open app windows with the third app.
When you have two or more apps open, you can easily drag and drop items (such as text, images, files) between apps.
Here are three examples of how this works:
- Select some text in Safari, and then press and hold the text until it appears to lift slightly. Now you can drag it to another app and drop it in. Use this to extract words from the web and to a document or email, for example.
- Select an image in Pictures, press and hold until it appears to lift. Now you can pull it into a new email.
- Select a file in files, press and hold until it appears to lift, and drag and drop the item in a new message.
In each case, if the item you drag over can be used in the destination app, you will see a small green plus sign appears at the top right of the item you are drawing.
When the plus sign appears, you can drop the item into places in the destination folder. You need to make sure the item has a place to go – so you open a new email message before releasing an item in that message from another app.
You can also drag items to apps that are not open  Try this : Press and hold a link in Safari until it seems to lift and drag it with one of your fingers (I usually use my thumb). You should then sweep up to open the Dock while holding the "Object" link active. Now drag it to a compatible app icon in the dock, and you'll see the icon shake a bit and it opens. Continue to drag that item where you want it in the recently opened app.
You Should Use This Safari Talent
One of the major issues when multitasking on an iPad Pro is that you can not open two instances of the same App next to in Split View. It's an exception to this and it's Safari – and that means you can have (for example) two instances of Word online, or Pages in iCloud or another web app you want to use in Split View.
(You may need to use the Request Desktop Site feature in the search box to access the best version of these online services.)
This is very useful as there are many high-quality web equivalents of key productivity solutions, some equipped with more comprehensive tools and features than the iOS app versions.
In combination with drag and drop and multitasking features provided by iPad Pro, you can now find a way to use two app windows at once.
A Dock Tip
You've probably noticed the need to get apps in the Dock when you need them for most of these multitasking tips to work. It's okay, but what if they're not there?
What do you do: Create a folder of programs you use, but do not have enough to give them their own place in the Dock, then drag and drop the collection into the Dock.
This folder will now be visible in the Dock, and you can quickly open any of the apps held there to open it in Slide Over. You can also drag and drop items from other apps to apps in that collection. When you hold the item over the folder, the folder opens, and you can then release the item you want to move to the current application.
Introducing Recently Used
Some apps, including files, offer a recently used feature.
To reveal this, make a longish button on the Dock Files icon in the Dock and you will see a recently used popover displayed. This shows all the apps you have recently opened in that app, making it very easy to open the current item. You can also drag and drop items from the recently used popover to other apps on the iPad.
This is very useful, but I feel it is inconsistent used. I would like to have access to Safari's history menu here to switch links between programs, for example.
Put Everything In
When you get the fluid in using these movements, you should find it much easier and more natural to move items between apps, work in two or more programs, and switch items between programs using a combination of copy and paste and drag and drop.
You have also learned how to work in two Word documents online using Office 365 and Safari, and hopefully you picked up some good, small tips along the way. At this point, you should be able to use iPad Pro to get many administrative and productivity tasks done without a laptop.
I hope you enjoy this short series of posts explaining how to use an iPad Pro to replace your notebook. Set soon for the next in this series: Get more from tags and use Apple's File app .
Part One : iPad Equipment
Part 2 : Keyboard, Writing, Shortcuts, and Dictionaries
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