3 quick tips for multitasking on the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad minis

Learn how to get even more use out of the iPad's multitasking capabilities in iOS 9.

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Many iPad Pro users have already discovered the benefits of using the split-screen features of iOS 9 with the larger screen. See how to take your split-screen prowess to the next level and be more productive when using the the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2, or the iPad minis.

1: Make the split-screen app full screen

If you are utilizing the two size-by-side multitasked apps, you probably already know that you can grab the resizing handle and drag the right-hand app off the screen to the right side. But what if you want to make the right app full screen?

You grab the drag handle and, instead of dragging to the right, drag it to the left and continue dragging it until the right-hand app fills the screen completely. Let go of the resize handle, and the right-most split app will become the main, full-screened app.

2: Hide or resize the Picture-in-Picture window

Picture-in-Picture (PiP) is a great way to continue working in up to two additional apps while watching multimedia content overtop of your two foregrounded apps. If, however, you need to utilize most of the screen, the PiP window can get in the way of your content, overlapping work and making for an annoying situation of swiping the PiP between the four corners of the screen. Fortunately, Apple has your back in this situation.

To resize the PiP window, use the pinch to zoom gesture to pinch inward to make the window smaller, or pinch outward to make the window larger. If this doesn't make the window small enough to keep from obscuring your content, you can flick the PiP window to the side of the screen; a small sliver of the window will be shown (Figure A), but the video will be mostly hidden from view. To re-show the PiP window, grab the drag handle and move back onto the screen.

Figure A

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3: Reorder the multitasking launcher list

When you slide over the multitasking launcher, you will see a list of your apps that support multitasking. If you're like me, a lot of apps will display, and moving through the list can be daunting.

Keep in mind that when you first bring up the launcher, your most recently used apps will be displayed toward the bottom (the first presented portion of the list) of the launcher.

If you want your most-used apps always at hand, you can ensure that these apps will appear in the order of most recent launch from bottom to top when scrolling (Figure B).

Figure B

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