New to the iPad or iPhone? Do you find that mass of app icons and just one unlabeled button daunting? Here are 10 essential tips to help clear away your iPad confusion. But here's the most essential tip: don't over think it. Apple's mobile operating system (iOS) is much simpler than you think.
Don't be afraid to touch anything on the screen. iOS is designed to be explored and futzed with. But no matter where you are or what trouble you think you've gotten yourself into, just press the Home button - the round indentation with the square in it. Like Dorothy clicking her ruby reds together, you'll be magically transported back to the iOS home screen to start over. No harm, no foul. You also can return home on the iPad by pinching on the screen with all five fingers. It feels kind of weird, but it works.