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How to Set Up and Start Using the iPad

Watch more How to Understand Computer Hardware videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn the basics on how to set up and use Apple's brand new media device, the iPad. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get started Remove the iPad from its box, connect it to your computer, and activate it with the latest version of iTunes and your iTunes account. Then, transfer media and other information from your computer to your iPad to access files when you're on the go -- just like an iPod, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Step 2: Touch the screen Eject the iPad from your computer and start using it! Press either the Home or Power button to turn on the 9.7-inch, interactive touch screen. Then, slide your finger across the screen to unlock the device and watch it automatically adjust its orientation depending on how you position it. Use the Lock button on the side to set your viewing orientation. Tip A fully charged battery gives you up to 10 hours of use. Step 3: Go online Connect the iPad to a local wireless network; then, tap Safari and use the built-in keyboard to start browsing the web. Want to scroll to the top of a page quickly? Tap the title bar. Need to zoom in or out? Spread or pinch two fingers over a given picture or piece of text. Tip Though the iPad can't play online videos encoded with Flash, it's compatible with other popular formats, including those used in YouTube. Step 4: Access your inbox Use Wi-Fi to access e-mail on the iPad, too. Tap the Mail icon, input basic information, and load your inbox. Hold the iPad vertically for a full-screen view of one message or turn the device horizontally to show your inbox and messages simultaneously. Step 5: Entertain yourself Tap Photos to view either individual pictures or entire photo albums; select iPod and Videos to access music, movies, and TV shows loaded from your computer or iTunes; and download Apple's iBooks app to build a virtual library you can read right on the device. Tip Press the Home button to return to the home screen at any time. Step 6: Keep discovering Tap the App Store icon and find even more programs that use the iPad's interactive screen and high-speed processor to make it a truly useful and creative tool. Increase your productivity, become more media savvy, or just have fun -- with the iPad, there's a whole world of new technology to explore. Did You Know? Users downloaded over 1 million apps from Apple's App Store on the first day of the iPad's release.
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