iPad hints and tips: the four finger swipe

A really common question is: How do I flick between open apps on my iPad?

If you’re finding it a pain when you need to be looking at an open web page and editing your blog at the same time, you don’t need to keep pressing the home button to close one app and open another, you can flick between running apps with a horizontal four-finger swipe.

Not working? You might need to enable multitasking gestures. 

Go to: Settings > General > Multitasking Gestures and make sure the toggle is set to ‘ON’.

The four finger swipe can also be used to do these things:

  • Four finger swipe to return to Home screen
  • Four finger swipe up to reveal multitasking bar
  • Four finger swipe left or right to switch between open apps


How do I type special characters using my iPad on screen keyboard?

Have you been wondering where to find the special characters on your iPad keyboard (those with accent, grave, cedilla or umlaut marks)? As with most Apple solutions it’s surprisingly easy when you know how.

Simply press and hold the letter you want a variation of and the different special characters will pop up for you to choose. For example if you want é press and hold e.

special characters on iPad screen keyboard

If you need a capital put the caps lock on (double tap the shift key – the one with the arrow on it) and then press and hold your letter.

Below is a list of which characters are available with each letter

Letter Special Characters   Numbers & Symbols Special Characters
a à á â ä æ ã å ā   0 °
c ç ć č   — •
e é è ê ë ę ė ē   £ or $ € $ £ ¥ ₩
i ī į í ì ï î   & §
l ł   “ ” „ « »
n ñ ń   .
o ō ø œ õ ó ò ö ô   ? ¿
s ß ś š   ! ¡
u ū ú ù ü û   ` ‘ ’
w ŵ   %
y ŷ ÿ      
z ź ž ż