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How to Locate Your iPad on a Map

Did you lose your iPad? If you enabled Find My iPad, there's no need to worry. As long as the iPad is turned on and connected to a cellular or wireless network, you can access a map that pinpoints its exact location. This should be the primary tool in your recovery arsenal, whether you left your iPad under a couch cushion or on a table at the neighborhood cafe.

Here's how to locate your iPad on a map:

  1. Make sure that you've enabled Find My iPad.

How to Enable Find My iPad

The iPad is nothing if not portable. You can carry it with you and use it just about anywhere. It's great for doing work in cafes, airports, or even at the office. But the iPad's portability also poses a serious problem: It's easy to misplace!

Remove Rental Movies from an iPad or iPhone

If you've ever rented an iTunes movie on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, you know that the movie is automatically removed from your device 24 hours after you started watching it. But did you know that you can manually remove movie rentals after you finish watching them? Doing so allows you to free up disk space on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch and store even more music and movies.

How Renting Movies Works on an iPad or iPhone

How to Delete Books and PDF Files from iBooks

So you've read a book or PDF file on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Now how do you get rid of it? This tutorial shows you how to quickly and easily delete any book or PDF file from the iBooks app. It's a great way to free up space, because these files can take up precious space on your device, especially if they contain a lot of embedded pictures.

Here's how to delete book and PDF files from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch:

  1. From the iPad's home screen, tap iBooks to open it.

How to Change Your iPad's DNS Servers

Just like in Mac OS X, you can change the DNS servers on your iPad. This can significantly speed up Safari and other iPad apps that use the Internet. For a general introduction to DNS, and to learn why you would want to change the DNS servers on your iPad, see How to Change Your Mac's DNS Servers.

Where to Find Saved PDF Files on an iPad

In another tutorial, we discussed how to save PDF files on an iPad. But where do you find the PDF files that you've saved on your iPad? They're stored in the iBooks app, but you might have to change collections to see them.

How to Minimize Windows in Slow Motion

Ready to learn a fun trick that has absolutely no practical value whatsoever? A trick that you can use to impress your friends and show off your Mac skills? Then you've come to the right tutorial! We're about to teach you how to minimize windows to the Dock in slow motion. In other words, we're going to take the default minimize window action and slow it way down by a factor of 100 or so.

Here's how to do it:

Change an AirPort Extreme's DNS Servers

If you own an AirPort Extreme and use it as a router, you can specify default DNS servers for all of the devices connected to your wireless network. This is a great way to enforce enterprise network policies using OpenDNS, which allows you to implement security and filtering controls.

Change the Background of Finder Windows

Are you tired of seeing the boring white background of the Finder windows? Change it! You can spice up your Desktop by setting a folder's background to a picture or a solid color. Note that this only works when the layout of the folder's window is set to the icon view. You won't see the background if you view the items in the list, column, or cover flow views.

Setting a Solid Color Background

Here's how to change the background of a Finder window:

  1. Switch to the Finder. Open the folder you'd like to change.

How to Change Your Mac's DNS Servers

Your Mac uses something called the Domain Name System (DNS) to access websites. It's a system invisible to you, the user, and most people don't even know it exists. But if the DNS servers you're using are slow or unavailable, websites will load slowly or won't load at all. That's why it's important to learn about DNS and consider changing your DNS servers. In this tutorial, we'll show you everything you need to know about DNS to speed up surfing and ward off potential problems.

DNS Crash Course

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