How to Organize the Apps?

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    Is there any trick to how the apps appear on the ipad? When I first loaded them, they were in alphabetical order, which I guess is okay. But as I add new ones, the computer just tacks them on the end. I know I can manually move each one, but I don't want to go there since I have over 130. Is there a way I can sort by category, for example?
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    You can press on the icons until they start to squirm. Once that happens, you can press and drag the icons to whatever page or location you want.
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    Not as of yet, iPhone 4 os will add folders and will be a welcome site for me.
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    PS Hit home to end. You can rearrange to a limited degree, as it will maintain a fill order on each page.
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    I'm really surprised that they also didn't add a way to filter apps within iTunes. For instance when I first got my iPad 3G and synced it for the first time, under the apps tab (I had prepurchased a bunch of apps), there was no way to filter out and just show me iPad HD apps. WTF? I have over 300 iPhone apps and it took forever. I now find it easier to just dload and manage my apps on the device itself. I cant wait for 4.0 and app folders...most of my apps dont get used because I cant get to a certain type when I need it.

    Does anyone know if under app folders if you will be able to put the same app in multiple folders? Almost like a shortcut? Because I can see having a "Daily" folder for the things I access ALL the time, then having categories for "TV", "Kids", "Productivity", etc...
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    Once connected to your computer, open iTunes and select your iPad. Then select the Apps tab.

    Then you can drag and move and delete one at a time or by multi selection. What I normally do is make the first page my HOT HOT apps. 2nd page is reference / communication. 2rd tab is games. 4th tab is general applications. 5th tab is utilities.

    When you're done organizing - hit sync.
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    I just figured out how to put the apps in alphabetical order in just a few steps woot!!

    On your iPad go to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Home Screen Layout ....tadah!

    This discovery has made my slightly OCD self very happy lol!
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    Hey IPAD4ME: I appreciate the tip on resetting the icons in the home page. Cheers:D
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    if you jailbreak it, then you get the Cydia app "Categories" which gives you folders.
    Very similar to the folders from OS4.0
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    Make sure you keep checking to make sure they stay in alphabetical order. :D
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    If you can live with the disarray you can just used the Search feature to launch apps. I use the reset/alphabetical order trick myself, and occasionally search instead of flipping five pages to get to an app.
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    I have 11 pages to flip thru, thats a overload of disarray lol!!
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    I am scared to jailbreak, will wait for OS 4.0 in the Fall :(
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    Might be a dumb question and most likely posted in the wrong thread but, when does the new operating system for the iPad come out? I know os4 for the iPhone comes out in e summer.. Is this the same time to expect it for the iPad?
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    Fall in USA / europe for ipad. Spring in Australia. Cause we are upside down.

    I use the application tab in iTunes when ipad / iPhone is connected to the computer this slows you to move whole pages of apps and organize them I have hot apps page 1/2 then games and so on hope it helps
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    Easy organization of iPad apps.

    I found that it was easier to organize the apps inside iTunes then click apply. To do this (if you don't already know how) you go into iTunes, click on your iPad (it's listed under Devices), then click on the Apps tab (in the main window), You will see an accurate image of you main home screen and alongside it you will see mini screens that are representative of your additional screens. You just click on an icon in the large image and drag it to which ever one of the other screens you want it on. You can also drag the icons around each of the individual screens to get them where you want them but keep in mind that you will move the other icons if you put one in front of them. Once you are all done, just go to the bottom and click Apply (or Sync). Then iTunes syncs them up and you're all set to go. While doing this, I found it a good time to delete some of the apps I didn't want anymore. I hope this helps you until Apple comes out with a Folder option for the iPad.:ipad-peacock:
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    To move an app to a different screen, just dock one on the bottom tab bar, move to the different screen and then just move it back up with the rest.
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    App Arrangement

    For now, my apps are free range. I'll corrall them into folders when 4.0 Is available.
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    Holding the app icon down until it wiggles is a good way to move individual apps around, but I couldn't drag them to another page on my iPad. I know this works on my iPhone, but no luck on my iPad.

    I discovered another solution. To move an app to another page, get it wiggling, drag it to the app bar at the bottom of the page, go to the destination page, and drag the app to the desired location on the destination page. I've been able to drag two apps at a time this way.

    Hope this helps.

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