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iPad advice needed

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petallus Wed 05-Sep-12 23:40:16

Finally I splashed on an iPad.

Very nice but can't seem to find a star on the keyboard so cannot bold names. Also not the right shaped brackets for emoticons.

Am I missing something?

jO5 Tue 27-Nov-12 15:53:43

I think you would need young eyes to use the i-pad mini.

MiceElf Tue 27-Nov-12 16:25:06

Mamie, if you press the circular 'world' icon next to the .?123 icon on the bottom left hand side, it will give you French, German and some other keyboards and automatically insert accents. It saves a lot of hassle.

Mamie Tue 27-Nov-12 16:34:04

I haven't got a circular, world icon, that I can see? I just press the key for the accent.

MiceElf Tue 27-Nov-12 16:39:33

Look at the main keyboard.

Look at the bottom row where the spacebar is.

Second from the left is the icon hou need. It is a circle with vertical and horizontal lines across the diameter and curved lines to represent the latitudes and longitudes.

MiceElf Tue 27-Nov-12 16:40:35

The language appears in the space bar.

yogagran Tue 27-Nov-12 17:08:49

Nanadog you don't need a special air printer, there are all sorts of apps that enable you to print directly from you tablet, phone or whatever. But I have an android tablet and phone so it may be different from iPad.
Really pleased with the Android system, works well for me and I didn't want to be tied in the Apple for everything

Mamie Tue 27-Nov-12 17:38:47

Thanks MiceElf. Not there at the moment, but found that you have to add international keyboards in settings.
BTW download time for The Observer app in UK 14 seconds. Here in rural France, 12 minutes!

petallus Tue 27-Nov-12 17:44:41

I haven't got a circular word thing.

MiceElf Tue 27-Nov-12 18:17:58

Mine's an iPad 1. Perhaps on the newer ones you have to do what Mamie did and download them from settings?

NfkDumpling Tue 27-Nov-12 18:43:21

Thanks Hummingbird Now got the Gransnet icon!

suzied Tue 27-Nov-12 18:55:06

I Love my iPad too. You can go on free beginners and other workshops for photos etc at Apple stores. You can put their app on your iPad and book them up. Words with Friends is a free scrabble game you can play with others with an iPad or iPhone . Draw Something is another good game you can play. Good ways to keep in touch with friends and family. Download the emoji app to get the world symbol with lots of little emoticons ������

Nanadog Tue 27-Nov-12 20:27:46 downside to iPads and other tablets. Beware of grandchildren. The average 2-3 year old knows how to activate them, scroll across your screens, select and play your music, take photos, etc. This time last year I found my (then) 5 year-old grandson tutoring his 2 year-old cousin in their use. She has since cascaded the knowledge to her other cousin.

This makes your screen very STICKY grin

baubles Tue 27-Nov-12 20:36:16

Thanks for the tip Hummingbird I hadn't thought of doing that smile

wisewoman Tue 27-Nov-12 20:57:07

I am interested to hear that most people are enthralled by the iPads. My son lent me one to try and I can't really see any advantage over my macbook. Mark you I find touch screens really difficult, having been a secretary in a previous life and find using a keyboard so much easier that the touch screen stuff. Do other "typers" have this problem?

yogagran Tue 27-Nov-12 22:19:42

I did at first wise woman but I've got used to the touch screen keyboard now and quite happily swap between laptop, tablet or main computer. Only difference is that with laptop and computer I use all my fingers in the "proper way" but with the tablet I just use two on each hand!

NfkDumpling Tue 27-Nov-12 22:30:01

I just love the delete app thingy. DGDs grow out of kiddy apps so quick I love the way the apps quiver in fear when I'm having a clear out.

Grannyeggs Tue 27-Nov-12 22:34:37

I like that too,although it took me ages to find it. But I have been known to wipe the lot out by mistake.

NfkDumpling Tue 27-Nov-12 22:39:05