iPad Quick Tips: Folders

If you’re looking for a way to consolidate the Apps on the home pages of your iPad, creating folders in an option. In order to create folders, just follow these steps and watch the magic of the iPad’s organization unfold before your eyes.

  1. Hold down an any App as if you were preparing to delete an App that just didn’t live up to its initial promise.
  2. Select an App that you would like to place in a folder.
  3. Drag it on top of another App that you want in the same folder.
  4. Apple will then make a name for that folder based on the two Apps (you can change that name at any time).
  5. Drag any other Apps that you wish to have in that folder.

You can create as many folders as you wish and then access these folders on any of the home pages. Creating folders is a good way to organize your Apps and is particularly useful if you tend to download a lot of Apps. Combining the NYtimes and Pulse News App created a folder succinctly titled “News;” combining Kindle and iBooks created…you guessed it, a folder aptly named, “Books.”

You can open the folders by tapping on the new icon and then access any of the Apps that you’ve stored there. If you tire of the folders, simply open a folder, drag the Apps back to the home page, and you’re back to square one.

The primary problem with the folders is that the original App icons are displayed at about a tenth of the size in the new folder icon. It can thus be difficult to see what App is where—and finding an App may require an unnecessary amount of hunting. Additionally, for those of us who don’t download a cornucopia of Apps, it may just simply be unnecessary.

However, if you seek a greater sense of organization on your iPad, folders could be your way to clarity and enlightenment.