How to activate multitasking hand gestures on your iPad (1&2)
A new feature to both the iPad (iOS 5.0.1) and the iPad 2
(iOS 5.0) is the ability to use multitasking gestures. Multitasking gestures allows users to simply
swipe with four or five fingers to access the multitasking menu, swipe left or
right to reveal open applications and pinch to return to the home menu. This may sound a little complicated however;
it really is a time saver once you learn how to activate, operate and master
the multitasking gestures.
How to Activate
Even though the feature is available for both iPad and iPad2
it does not work without activating the functionality. To activate multitasking gestures go to Settings then select the General section then select ON under Multitasking Gestures (Fig 1a).
How to use
There are three basic functions for multitasking:
- Pinch to the Home Screen – simply place two
fingers on the screen and pinch them together to return to the Home Screen.
- Swipe up to reveal multitasking bar – Place 4 or
5 fingers on your screen and move the screen up to reveal the multitasking bar
- Swipe left or right between apps – Place 4
fingers on the screen and swipe left or right to see other apps running on your
|Fig 1a. How to activate multitasking gestures for your iPad (1&2)
|Fig 1b. How to use multitasking gestures
|Fig 1c How to show running apps using multitasking gestures