Ask Mr. Modem: Put all those apps in their place on an iPad

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How can I create folders on my iPad in which to store or organize apps?

If your Home Screen becomes cluttered with app icons, one way to organize the chaos is to segregate your apps into groups, then place each group within a topical folder. For example, you might put all your game apps in one folder, all your news apps in another folder, all your financial apps in yet another folder. You could then put all your topical folders into another folder, but that might be overdoing it.

To create a folder, tap and hold any icon on your Home Screen until the icons begin to jiggle. If you begin to jiggle, call 9-1-1. Next, identify two icons that you would like to group together, then tap and drag one icon on top of the other. Hold the stacked icons in place until the bottom-most icon begins to glow, then remove your finger from the screen. The bottom icon will be replaced by a folder icon with your two apps within it.

To change the default file name, tap the white bar that displays the folder name and edit it with the keyboard that will appear at the bottom of the Home Screen.

Once your new folder name is in place, press the Home button to stop all the jiggling. When you are ready to add more icons to that folder, repeat the first step above, then drag and drop your app icons into the desired folder. Press the Home button to lock in your additions.

I recently added a printer, but my old printer is still the default printer. I would like to have my new printer become the default. How can I do that?

Go to Start > Settings > Printers and Faxes. Click to select the printer you want to establish as your default, and you will then see a little check mark appear next to it which will confirm that it is designated as your default printer.

When I look at my Control Panel, everything is displayed with an icon and the name of the item. Is there a way that I can change it so that it lists only the names? I’m using Windows 7.

Look in the upper right-hand corner of the Control Panel. You will see View By: Category is the default, but use the arrow to access the Small Icons and Large Icons options. It’s not technically a List view, but if you select the Small Icons view, it’s pretty close to a List view that will display names only, but with a small, unobtrusive icon.

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