Organising your Apps into Folders

You don't need to rely on pages of icons just to organise your iPad. You can also create folders, which can hold several icons without taking up a lot of space on the page.

You can create a folder on the iPad in much the same way as you move an icon from one page to the next. Just tap and hold until all of the icons are shaking. Next, instead of 'dragging' the icon to a side of the screen, you drag and 'drop' it on another icon.

Try this with the Camera app. Pick it up by holding a finger on it, and when the icons begin shaking it, move your finger (with the Camera app 'stuck' to it) until you are hovering over the Photo Booth icon. Notice that the Photo Booth icon is now highlighted, which means you are ready to 'drop' the Camera app by lifting your finger off the screen.

This creates a folder. The iPad will try to intelligently name the folder, and usually it does a pretty good job. But if you don't like the name, you can give the folder a custom name by touching the name the iPad gave it and typing anything you want.

Next, let's put an icon on the dock at the bottom of the screen. On a new iPad, this dock holds four icons, but you can actually put up to six icons on it. You can even put folders on the dock.

Let's move the Settings icon to the dock by tapping the Settings icon and leaving our finger on it until all of the icons shake. Just like before, "drag" the icon across the screen, but instead of dropping it on another app, we'll drop it on the dock. Notice how all of the other apps on the dock move to make room for it? This signifies that you are ready to drop the app.

Last modified: Thursday, 12 February 2015, 4:00 PM