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Video:How to Use Spotlight Search on an iPad

with Jesse Mendelson

Spotlight on the iPad allows you to search for all related content accessible on your iPad and the internet. Watch this how-to video from About.com to learn how to use spotlight search on an iPad and tailor the settings to you.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use Spotlight Search on an iPad

Hi there. This is Jesse with About.com. In this video I’m going to show you how to use spotlight search on the iPad.

Spotlight Searches the iPad for Related Content

Spotlight search is a great tool for people who own apple devices. It lets you search for a huge variety of information on your device without asking you to narrow down the category of item you are looking for. Instead, when you type in your search term, it provides the category options to you. Spotlight search will search your email inbox, your music library, your photos, your contacts. It will even offer to do a web search for you.

To use spotlight search, all you have to do is swipe your home screen from left to right. a search bar will pop up with a keyboard. Type your search term into the keyboard. Here are a couple of examples. If I type my name into the search bar, spotlight offers to take me to contacts in my address book or to search the web, which I can do, just by clicking on that option. Safari will automatically launch, and search for my name on the web. To clear a previously searched term and start over, just touch on the small “x” in the right side of the search bar.If I want to search for podcasts I downloaded from WNYC, I start typing in WNYC and a few options from my music library pop up. I click on one of them and am brought immediately to my music library where I can play any of my podcasts.

Adjust the Search Settings on Spotlight

If you are finding that spotlight isn’t bringing up results in a certain category that it should, you may need to adjust your spotlight settings. To do this, go to settings, then general, then spotlight. In this screen you should make sure that all categories have check marks next to them so spotlight will always search all of those categories. If you don’t want spotlight to search in certain categories at all times you can limit the categories to search within by unchecking specific categories. It’s as easy as that.

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