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    Just got my 1st iPad and I can't type in the message box of the thread

    The message box is grayed out on my ipad and I am on the desktop to type this. How can I fix this?

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    Several Members have found this. I don't use the app myself but I've been told that, before you are able to type into the message box on the iPad Forum app, you need to choose a font first of all!!

    See if this works for you but, if it doesn't, get back to us...

    Tim

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    Unhappy

    The entire message part is grayed out and I can't ever type in it. I tried to select a font, but it won't let me select the font or size

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    The easiest first way to try to solve ‘unexplained’ or ‘unusual’ problems with the iPad are:-

    Force the offending app to close. If you have iOS 4.2 or 4.3 double-press the ‘Home’ button to bring up the multi-task bar at the bottom of the screen. Press *and hold* any icon until they start to ‘jiggle’. Then tap the top left-hand corner of the app that you want to close. It will ‘disappear’ from the list. Don’t panic - you’ve not deleted it, just closed it. Now tap the Home screen and the multi-task bar will disappear. Re-open the iPad’s app and see if the problem has resolved itself. If not, it’s on to possible solution number two!!
    Restart the iPad. Press *and hold* the Power button. After a couple of seconds a slider control will appear asking you to confirm that you really want to switch the iPad off (this is all you’ll be doing). Slide the control to accept. A rotating white ‘bezel’ will appear in the iPad screen as the iPad powers down (it takes a few seconds, just like it would if you were shutting down your PC). When the screen of the iPad has gone completely blank, press *and hold* the Power button for a couple of seconds until the white Apple logo appears and the iPad starts to power up. This takes several seconds, so be patient. During the power up the automatic screen orientation function is disabled, so don’t panic. A few seconds before the power up is complete, the iPad plays a little ‘jingle’ and then you’re back to the Home screen. Restart the iPad’s app and see if the problem persists. Apple (and Forum members) recommend that you power down your iPad at least once a week, just as you might regularly completely switch off your PC. The normal procedure of just briefly pressing the Power button of the iPad merely puts it to ‘sleep’. Most Forum members have found that one of the two methods I’ve mentioned here cure a whole bunch of unexplained problems and are an easy first step to resolving most anything that happens on the iPad.

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    nope still nothing after all that

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    OK - a summary of what we've tried so far....

    (1) Tried to select font, but app will not let you do this.
    (2) Closed Forum app by double-tapping Home key and closing the app in the multi-task bar
    (3) Turned the iPad completely off and then on again.

    And still the app won't allow you to type into the message area of the iPad Forum app.

    Do you have problems typing into other message boxes - for example in the iPad's native Mail app can you type into the body of an email there?

    Tim

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    I just sent an e-mail to myself and it worked fine. I haven't found any other problems other than this app.... Of course the one that is supposed to help me

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    OK - as I mentioned, other Members have had problems with this app too - exactly the same problem that you're having - but they seemed to have cured it by selecting the font to begin with.

    I don't use the iPad Forum - I use Safari and the ipadforums.net website, which I find much more convenient. Hopefully other Members will come up with some other suggestions because I've run out of ideas for the time being...

    OK - one last (clutching at straws) suggestion. Delete the app and then re-install it....

    Tim

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    I will try that too. I appreciate all your help. Thanks

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    I just hate not being able to solve a problem - it's going to bug me all day....so I'll be thinking of other possible solutions too..

    Good Luck with the re-installation. It should only take a minute or two.

    Tim


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