How to Customize the Dock on an iPad

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Similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch, the iPad with iOS 7 organizes apps using multiple home screens and a dock at the bottom of the screen. You can add, remove and organize apps on your home screens as you please. The dock at the bottom of the iPad home screen acts as a footer for each of the home screen pages, and the apps that appear in the dock remain the same as you change home screens. The default apps that appear in the dock of the iPad are Messages, Mail, Safari and Music, but you can customize the dock contents by putting the apps into editing mode.

  • Find an app icon on one of your home screens that you want to move to the dock. You can dock as many as six icons at a time. You can also remove the default icons from the dock and replace them with your own customized arrangement.

  • Press and hold on an app icon until all the icons begin to shake, indicating they have entered editing mode and can be repositioned. This is the same process you use when you move apps from one home screen to another.

  • Press and hold on an app on a full dock and drag it off onto the home screen to make room for a new app.

  • Drag a newly chosen app to the dock and release to add it to the dock. Continue touching and dragging apps until you are satisfied with the arrangement.

  • Press the "Home" button to stop the shaking apps and take them out of editing mode.

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