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How to Customize Your iPad

Personalize Your iPad Experience

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Did you know you can customize your iPad, including creating photos and putting on a personalized background image? There are a lot of cool things you can do with the iPad to make it more your own rather than just keeping with the generic interface that comes with it. So, let's explore some of the ways you can customize your experience.

Organize Your iPad With Folders

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The first thing you'll want to do with your iPad is learn some of the basics, including how to create folders for your icons. You can even dock folders at the bottom of the iPad, which means you will always have quick access to those applications. And when you don't have quick access, you can use spotlight search -- that's the search screen to the left of the home screen -- to search for any app, music or movies on your iPad. You can even search the web with spotlight search.

Personalize Your iPad With Pictures

Of course, the easiest way to customize your iPad is to change out the background wallpaper and the image used on the lock screen. You can use photos of your spouse, family, friends or just about any image you come across on the web, and best of all, it really makes your iPad standout compared to everyone who just uses the default background wallpaper.

Customize Your iPad With Sounds

Another neat way to make your iPad stand out is to customize the different sounds it makes. You can use custom sound clips for new mail, sending mail, reminder alerts, text tones and even set a custom ringtone, which is handy if you use FaceTime. Among the different custom sounds are a telegraph (great for the new mail sound), a bell, a horn, a train, a suspenseful horn section and even the sound of a magic spell being cast.

Lock and Secure Your iPad

Let's not forget about security! Not only can your lock your iPad with a 4-digit passcode or an alphanumeric password, you can turn on restrictions to disable certain apps or functions on your iPad. You can even restrict the app store to only allow apps fit for kids to be downloaded and turn off YouTube completely.

More Great Settings and Tips

There is a lot more you can do to tweak your iPad, including a few settings that can make your battery last longer. You can also turn on multitasking gestures, which can make switching between apps easier, and even set up home sharing to share music and movies from your PC to your iPad, which is a great way to save storage space on your iPad.

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