Creating Folders for Apps
The App Store is your one-stop-shop for finding and installing apps of interest to you. Whether you use your iPad for work, personal, or both, you’ll likely find over time that your iPad begins to fill up with more and more apps. Pretty soon, you’re spending a good amount of time just swiping between Home screens to find your app.
Fortunately, your iPad has a great way to organize your apps when they begin to get out of control. Folders enable you to group apps in any manner you like. I prefer to create folders with names such as My Games and Kids Games.
To create a folder, start with two apps that you want to join. In Figure 7.22, I want to combine the Doodle Buddy app and the Circus app into a folder titled Kids Stuff.
Figure 7.22. Combine apps to create a folder.
First, tap and hold one of the apps until it begins to dance on the screen. When the apps are dancing, drag one of the apps and drop it on top of the other app (see Figure 7.22). (For some odd reason, my iPad chooses to name the folder Productivity—strange!)
The two apps combine in a folder, which you can rename (see Figure 7.23).
Figure 7.23. Name the folder anything you like.
Tap anywhere on the screen to return to the dancing apps. Drag and drop more apps into the new folder (see Figure 7.24) or tap the Home button to stop the wiggling apps. Create as many folders as you like using this method, but keep in mind that each folder holds a maximum of 20 apps.
Figure 7.24. A new folder is created.
When the apps and folders are wiggling, you can tap and hold a folder or app and drag it to the far left or right edge to move it to another home screen. I like to move all my folders to the last Home screen (the one farthest to the right using swipes) but you might choose to put all folders on the primary Home screen. Wherever you choose to put them, I highly encourage you to use folders to keep your iPad organized.