Mastering Your iPad

Where you'll find all the resources for the course!

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How to Add or Edit Mailboxes/folders in your Mail App

It’s very simple to manage your mailbox folders, but the process is not obvious when you’re in your mailbox. Here’s how it works:

First, open your Mail app  and tap the Back arrow until  you can see all of your inboxes and accounts.


Scroll until you can see you accounts listed below the Inboxes.  Touch the name of the account where you’d like to manage the mailboxes. You can now see all of the mailboxes that are part of this email account.

In the upper right of the Mailboxes column you’ll see an Edit link. Touch that now. Then touch the New Mailbox link you see at the bottom left of this column.


Now, type the name of the new Mailbox (it’s really a folder – that’s what the icon is) you wish to add. Then click on the email link and select where you want this new mailbox to appear. If you want it to be a “top-level” mailbox – that’s one of the main boxes in the list – just click  Save in the upper right on this column. If you want it to be a sub-folder under a top-level folder, select the “parent” folder then touch Save.


If you wish to DELETE a Mailbox,  select the desired Mail account, touch Edit, touch the mailbox you want to delete and touch the red Delete Mailbox link. A pop-up box will ask you to confirm the delete request. If you delete a mailbox, everything in it is also deleted.




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February 14, 2017 Presentation slides

The following link will take you to the full presentation from the class on February 14th. This is in PDF format so everyone should be able to open it. If you need Adobe Reader, it can be downloaded here:

Mastering the iPad, session 1, CCC New Bern, Feb 14 2017

Here’s the link to the video we were unable to play during class:

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Managing Your Apple ID

If you are attending one of my courses, I ask that you know your Apple ID & password before the first class. That seems obvious, right? Well, I am always surprised by the number of attendees who have no idea what their Apple ID and password are! Often that is because the iPad or iPhone was a gift and the kind giver did all the setup to make it easier for the recipient…. not a good idea. Especially with “mature” iPad and iPhone users, our younger family members think we are too old to do this stuff. WRONG!! If you are going to use the device, you need to know how to add apps, download and install updates, and generally keep your Apple device in tip-top shape.

Apple support is a great resource, and they have provided a page for those who have challenges with the Apple ID. Here is it so you don’t have to go look it up!

I look forward to seeing you in the first class with your Apple ID, Password, and pass code (if you have one) ready at hand so we can spend our time on the FUN STUFF!

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Did you know you can mass-delete email from your iPhone or iPad? Here’s how!

This information comes from in this article:

This refers to Gmail in the instructions below. This works if you had added your Gmail account to the native Mail app on your phone or iPad. It does NOT refer to the Gmail app itself.


Do you need to purge all of your emails in one quick motion? Apple’s new operating system upgrade has now made this possible. The new iOS 9 has a new feature that will let you immediately erase all your mail in the Mail app. If you are using Gmail then you should start by changing the archive setting to delete by:

  • Going to Settings
  • Open up Mail, Contacts, and Calendars
  • Select your account
  • Go to Advanced
  • Under Move Discarded Messages and select Deleted Mailbox
  • After you do this open up the Mail app
  • Select Edit at the top
  • Click TRASH ALL at the bottom

Voila! Now your email is completely empty! You can now enjoy the benefits of having an inbox with zero emails.

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OH, NO! What if you don’t remember your Apple ID or Password? Relax, Apple can help!

I often have students who don’t know their Apple ID or can’t remember their password. Without these, you can USE our iPad, but you can’t update or get apps or backup to the iCloud. is there to help you out.

Manage your Apple ID: An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple: Shop the iTunes Store, enable iCloud on all your devices, buy from the Apple Online Store, make a reservation at an Apple Retail Store, access the Apple Support website, and more.

Find your Apple ID: If you can’t remember your Apple ID, just provide some information on this page at Apple support and they’ll find it for you. Then they’ll help you reset your password.

Reset your Password:  You can change or reset the password for your Apple ID account by providing some information to Apple. Just follow this link.

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Having trouble getting a Software Update? Here’s great advice from Apple!

The following link will help you update your software if you are having problems. You can read the details, but the main point is that you should install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, connect your iPad to your computer and then follow the steps from Apple. If that doesn’t work, just call support!

Here’s the link: Update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch