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Avoiding the Home Button

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    I am using the IPad 4 and have a question.
    If I open an e-mail attachment and it sends me to another web site how do I get back to my original e-mail without hitting the home button and then having to reopen my e-mail again.
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    You just need to put four fingers on the screen and slide it to the left.

    The Archangel
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    Is there any way to activate Siri without pressing the home button?
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    Yep. I found this by accident one day. This was genius, in my opinion.
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    Yes. Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch

    Turn it on and you'll see a white dot appear on the screen. Long press that dot to drag it to a new location. Once it resides where you want it, tap it to get access to some functions, including Siri. You can tap the accessibility window transparent background to "minimize" it.

    It's quite nice and I don't even use my home button anymore.
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    Thank you. That's a great feature.
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    Nice that is so cool!
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    Never knew about this! Thanks!!!
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    thanks guys
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    Nice but I sure wish it was a smaller dot......thanks for the info.
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    It is, after all, primarily intended for those with mobility issues, who would have trouble aiming at a smaller virtual home button.
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    Aye, and I think it would become ineffective if the dot were any smaller. You can long-press the dot and move it around when needed. I keep mine in the lower left cornering of the screen.
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    Understood.......but it is a nice feature for all not just people with mobility issues.
    I find it's in the way a lot of the time thus a smaller dot would be nice for me...especially since I almost exclusively use a stylus.

    Just sayin...
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    So the dot is kind of like holding your phone up to your ear to activate Siri, hmm cool.
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    If you want to delete it, what do you have to do? Just curious that's all!!
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    To turn off the dot, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch and turn it off. You can also set up Settings > General > Accessibility > Triple-Click to use the home button to toggle AssistiveTouch on and off.
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    I have been using the assistive touch feature for the last several months and show it to my patients who have dexterity issues. It works great for me and am able to control a lot of features without having to physically press the home button. It's good for anyone to use.

    Have a look at this thread created at iPhonesforums. I will be posting this shortly to this forum as well so all members can see.

    Assisstive Touch Setting

    And also the link for this site: http://www.ipadforums.net/special-needs-ipad-forum/99467-assistive-touch-setting-new-post.html
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    Very helpful tutorial with screenshots. Thank you for the link
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    I no longer use the home button. I found these tips in my November issue of Mac|Life:

    Home Screen When you're in an app put your thumb and four fingers spread out on the screen, like you are claw-machine hand about to scoop up a toy. Pinch in, and the app "folds in" on itself, and you go right to the home screen -- no button required.

    Multitasking bar Forget double tapping Home to see the multitasking bar. Just drag up with four or five fingers, and there is is. Tap the screen above the multitasking bar to close it up again. And don't forget the column, brightness, playback, and AirPlay controls if you swipe left-to-right on the bar, too. That's a much faster way to change the brightness than opening up the Settings app.

    Quick app switching This is our favorite gesture of all: use five fingers to swipe from right-to-left on the screen, and you'll scroll between your apps -- the same apps you's see in the multitask bar, but full-screen apps, saved in their previous states. Once you're cycling through them, you can also swipe left-to-right to go back.



    Hope you find these as useful as I have.
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