AirPlay is a great way to share content between Apple devices, and even to non-Apple devices that are AirPlay-compatible like many smart TVs.
With AirPlay on Mac, you can share music, photos, videos, or just mirror your entire computer screen on a larger display – here’s how.
How to enable AirPlay on a Mac
1. Open System Preferences, which you can do by clicking the Apple symbol in the menu bar at the top of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” in the drop-down.
2. In System Preferences, find and select the icon for “Displays,” which looks like a computer monitor.
3. Check the box next to “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available.”
How to AirPlay your Mac to another device
You can mirror the display of your entire Mac screen onto an Apple TV or another AirPlay-compatible device, like an iPad or some smart TVs.
There are two ways to do this.
From the menu bar:
First, make sure your Mac is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as whatever device you’d like to AirPlay to. If you’re AirPlaying to an iPad, make sure they’re both logged into the same Apple ID account as well.
1. In the menu bar at the top of your Mac’s screen, click the AirPlay icon, which looks like a rectangle with an arrow at the bottom.
2. In the drop-down, choose the device you want to AirPlay to.
3. A passcode might appear on your device’s screen. Enter it in the pop-up on your Mac.
4. Your Mac should then begin mirroring its screen to the device you selected.
5. To stop AirPlaying, click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar again and choose “Turn AirPlay off” in the drop-down.
From System Preferences:
1. Open System Preferences and click “Displays.”
2. On the Displays page, click the drop-down next to “AirPlay Display.”
3. In the drop-down, select the device you want to AirPlay to.
4. A passcode may appear on your device’s screen. Enter it in the pop-up on your Mac.
5. Your Mac should then begin mirroring its screen to the device you selected.
6. To stop AirPlaying, click the drop-down next to “AirPlay Display” and select “Off.”
Apple might try to disguise it, but your iPad is really a computer. And like any computer, it can suffer from problems that are easily solved by restarting the device or, in some cases, resetting it to its factory settings. You might be familiar with the way rebooting a sluggish or glitchy laptop can restore it to working order; the same is true of your iPad.
Restarting an iPad is easy and risk-free; it’s the equivalent of turning it off and back on again. It’s a good option if your iPad is sluggish, the web browser won’t open webpages properly, or you find an app won’t start or is misbehaving.
A reset should be reserved for more serious issues. Called “Erase All Content and Settings” in the iPad’s Settings app, it wipes out all your personal information, installed apps, and data related to your Apple ID. Because it restores the iPad to factory settings, it’s what you should do if you’re selling or giving away the iPad, or having serious problems that repeated restarts have not resolved.
A reset should be your last choice, though. Afterward, you will need to set up the iPad and reinstall your apps and data, either manually or from an iCloud backup.
How to reset an iPad
You should think of a reset as the ultimate “nuclear option” when troubleshooting and resolving issues with your iPad. Unlike a restart which is little more than turning the iPad off and then on again, a reset generally means a factory reset, which erases all the information off of your device and restores it to the way it was when it came out of its box.
You should only do this if you are selling or giving away the iPad, or if you absolutely need to in order to solve a very serious glitch. That’s because you’ll need to restore data from a backup or install all apps and settings manually.
1. If there’s a chance you might need to restore your iPad, make sure it’s backed up to iCloud first. You can do that in the Settings app by choosing “Passwords & Accounts,” “then iCloud Backup,” and tapping “Back Up Now.”
2. When you’re ready to perform the reset, tap the Settings icon and then tap “General.”
3. Tap “Reset” and then tap “Erase All Contents and Settings.”
4. Tap “Backup Then Erase” if you want to make a copy of your iPad’s content before the reset. If you’ve done this recently or do not need a backup, you can just tap “Erase Now.”
5. Enter your iPad’s passcode.
When complete, your iPad will behave like it did when you first used it, displaying the initial setup screen.
How to restart an iPad with Face ID or the Home button
Normally, it only takes a moment to restart your iPad if it is misbehaving or you need to restart it for troubleshooting. The process is slightly different, though, depending upon whether or not your iPad has a Home button (models without a Home button support Face ID; those with a Home button do not).
1. Display the iPad’s restart screen by doing the following, depending on your iPad model:
If you have an iPad with Face ID, press and hold the Power button (located on the side, opposite the volume controls) and either of the volume buttons. After a few seconds, a slider should appear.
If you have an iPad with a Home button, press and hold the Power button (which you’ll find on the top or side, depending on which model you own). After a few seconds, a slider should appear.
2. Drag the slider to the right. Your iPad should turn off automatically.
3. Wait a few moments for the iPad to power down completely. Then press and hold the Power button until the Apple logo appears. Your iPad should restart normally.
How to force-restart an iPad with Face ID or the Home button
A normal reset should solve most iPad problems most of the time. But if your iPad suffers a more serious problem and won’t respond to a restart procedure, you should try to perform a “force-restart” instead. A force-restart does the same thing – it reboots your iPad – but the way you trigger it is a little different.
If you have an iPad with Face ID, press this button combination:
1. Press the Volume Up button for one second and release it.
2. Press the Volume Down button for one second and release it.
3. Press and hold the Power button for five seconds until the Apple logo appears.
If you have an iPad with a Home button, press this button combination:
1. Press and hold the Home button; at the same time, press and hold the Power button.
2. Continue to hold both buttons for about 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo appear.
If a force-restart does not work
Regardless of which kind of iPad you own, if your iPad is having serious technical troubles, the force-restart process might not work. Don’t worry; there’s another solution that can usually get it working again.
1. Connect your iPad to AC power and let it charge for at least an hour. Don’t disturb it while it charges.
2. After that, see if it has restarted on its own.
3. If not, try another force-restart using the procedure above.
If that still does not work, you might have no other option but to contact Apple for service.
It’s been more than a decade since the iPad first hit the market, and Apple has since released over two dozen different models and “generations.” This means that if it’s been a while since you bought your iPad, it’s easy to forget which version you have.
Figuring out exactly which iPad model you own lets you know how much storage space you’re supposed to have, which accessories to buy, and how old your device is. It’s also useful if you ever need troubleshooting help from Apple.
Luckily, finding out which iPad generation you have isn’t hard. Here’s how to find your iPad’s model number, and use that to check the device’s version.
How to find which iPad generation and model you have
Every iPad has a model number that denotes exactly what kind of iPad it is, when it was made, and more. To quickly see what iPad you have, find this model number, and then search for it online or consult the list at the end of this article.
You can find the model number in two ways.
Finding the model number in your Settings app
If you can turn on and use your iPad, this is the fastest way to find the model number.
1. Open the Settings app on your device and tap “General.”
2. In the next menu, tap “About” at the top of the list.
3. Look for the two tabs that say “Model Name” and “Model Number.” Tap Model Number to reveal a short code that starts with the letter “A.”
The Model Name line will tell you the name of your iPad and likely its screen size, but multiple iPad generations can share this name. The Model Number that begins with an A, however, is unique to your specific iPad model.
Finding the model number on the back of your iPad
If your iPad can’t turn on, you can still get the model number.
Just turn your iPad over and look at the back. Underneath the iPad logo, beside the word “Model,” you’ll see a capital letter A followed by a few numbers.
That’s the model number, and with it you can search for your specific iPad generation online, or you can just reference our list below.
Every iPad generation and model ever released
Every iPad generation has a unique model number. Take your model number and find it in the tables here to see which version you have. You can also press Ctrl + F or Command + F and type in your model number to find it in the tables immediately.
These tables are separated by iPad type, of which there are four: the iPad, the iPad mini, the iPad Air, and the iPad Pro.
Every iPad generation
Year of Release
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + 3G
A1219 for Wi-Fi, A1337 for Wi-Fi + 3G
iPad 2 (2nd generation)
Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA
A1395 for Wi-Fi, A1396 for GSM, A1397 for CDMA
iPad (3rd generation)
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular
A1416 for Wi-Fi, A1430 or A1403 for Wi-Fi + Cellular
iPad (4th generation)
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular
A1458 for Wi-Fi, A1459 or A1460 for Wi-Fi + Cellular
iPad (5th generation)
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular
A1822 for Wi-Fi, A1823 for Wi-Fi + Cellular
iPad (6th generation)
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular
A1893 for Wi-Fi, A1954 for Wi-Fi + Cellular
iPad (7th generation)
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular
A2197 for Wi-Fi, A2200 or A2198 for Wi-Fi + Cellular
iPad (8th generation)
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular
A2270 for Wi-Fi; A2428, A2429, or A2430 for Wi-Fi + Cellular
Every iPad mini generation
Year of Release
Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular
A1432 for Wi-Fi, A1454 or A1455 for Wi-Fi + Cellular
You won’t need to factory reset your HP laptop often, but it’s a good thing to do when you plan to sell or give away your laptop, or when you have especially difficult technical problems.
That’s because a factory reset will revert your laptop back to the state it was in when you took it out of the box for the first time (though you generally have the option to keep your files and only reset Windows).
These days you can reset any laptop, including HP models, using the standard reset procedure in Windows 10. See our overview guide on how to reset any Windows 10 computer for more information.
How to keep your Windows drivers up to date to avoid a factory reset
To prevent the need to reset your HP laptop for troubleshooting or to clear out a serious problem, you should keep your computer’s drivers up to date. The good news is that by default, Windows automatically updates many of your laptop’s drivers as needed. But there may sometimes be drivers that need to be updated manually.
You can do that using the Device Manager – to get started, open the Device Manager from the Start button and then find the device that needs updating in the list of devices. Right-click and choose to update the driver. See our guide on how to update or reinstall drivers in Windows 10 for detailed instructions and further information.
Taking screenshots isn’t only easy – it’s incredibly useful. From forwarding text message conversations to saving receipts, saving photos on your iPad routinely comes in handy.
There are two ways to take screenshots on an iPad: using the physical buttons, or using the digital AssistiveTouch function. Here’s how to do both on any iPad.
How to take a screenshot on an iPad
To take a screenshot on your iPad, press the Home button and Power button at the same time.
If your iPad doesn’t have a Home button, press the Power button and the Volume Up button. Only a few iPad generations lack a Home button: the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pros, and the 2020 iPad Air.
When you take a screenshot on your iPad, the screen will flash and a preview of your screenshot will appear in the bottom corner. Once the preview slides away, your screenshot will be saved. You can find it in the Photos app.
Take a screenshot on your iPad without pressing buttons
If you don’t want to take a screenshot by pressing two buttons at once, you might want to try AssistiveTouch. This accessibility feature puts a button on your screen that you can use to perform multiple tasks, like taking screenshots.
To turn on AssistiveTouch, open your iPad’s Settings app and tap “Accessibility.” On the Accessibility page, tap “Touch” and then “AssistiveTouch.”
Turn AssistiveTouch on by flipping its switch at the top of the screen. Now, you’ll want to set up the screenshot function.
On the AssistiveTouch page, tap “Double-Tap.” You’ll be shown a list of functions that double-tapping can perform, from which you should select “Screenshot.”
Now, when you double-tap the gray AssistiveTouch button, you’ll take a screenshot.
Maya Kachroo-Levine contributed to a previous version of this article.
Just like the iPhone, every iPad lets you take a screen recording. This is great if you’re making a video tutorial demonstrating how to use an app, documenting a bug for tech support, or showing your winning move in a game.
To screen record on your iPad, you’ll first need to enable it, and then tap the record button in the Control Center. After that, you can start and stop the video at any time.
Enabling screen recording on your iPad
1. Start the Settings app, and scroll down to tap “Control Center.”
2. Tap “Customize Controls.”
3. You’ll be shown a list of Control Center features. If “Screen Recording” has a green plus sign next to it, tap that plus sign. If it’s got a red minus sign instead, just leave it alone – this means it’s already enabled.
How to screen record on an iPad
1. When you’re ready to record, open the Control Center by swiping down from the upper-right corner of the screen.
2. Tap the record button, which is a circle with a dot inside it. You should see the circle change into a three-second countdown, and then turn red to indicate it’s recording. You can use the countdown time to close the Control Center.
After the recording starts, you’ll see a small recording indicator at the top of the screen (and yes, this will also appear in the recording).
If you press and hold the record button, you can also turn on your microphone to narrate the screen recording, or choose an app to automatically send the video to once it’s done.
3. When you’re ready to stop recording, tap the recording indicator and then tap “Stop.” You can also open the Control Center and tap the record button again.
Finding and editing your iPad screen recordings
When you’re done, your iPad screen recording will appear in your camera roll. To see it, open the Photos app and it should be the most recent item.
You can share the video like any other, or edit it – for example, you might want to trim the start and ending so people don’t see you in the Control Center.
1. Tap the video in the Photos app to open it, and then select “Edit.”
2. At the bottom of the screen in the video timeline, tap the arrow at the leftmost edge and drag it towards the right until you’ve cut out enough footage. As it shrinks, the entire frame will become yellow.
3. Repeat this for the end of the video, dragging the arrow at the left side of the video’s timeline toward the right. You can press play at any time to ensure you like the edit.
4. Tap “Done” and then tap “Save as New Clip,” or just “Save Video” to overwrite the original.
Say you want to capture something on your Mac screen – but a screenshot just won’t do it.
That’s when screen recordings come in handy. You can record a video of your Mac’s screen using either the Screenshot Toolbar tool, or the QuickTime Player app, both of which come pre-installed on your Mac.
How to screen record on a Mac using the Screenshot Toolbar
1. Press Command + Shift + 5 on your keyboard to open the Screenshot Toolbar.
A toolbar with a number of icons and options will appear at the bottom of the screen. You’re looking for the icons that have the record symbol (a solid circle) over them. One will record a video of your entire screen, and the other will let you select a specific section of the screen to record.
2. Pick which recording type you want – and if you picked “Record Selected Portion,” highlight the part of your screen that you want to film – and then click “Record.” If you want to cancel a screen recording before it begins, press the Esc key.
3. Your screen recording will start immediately, and capture everything on your screen (or in the selected section) and any audio playing. When you’re done, click the stop button in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
By default, your screen recordings will be saved to the desktop as .mov files. You can change this by opening the Screenshot Toolbar and clicking “Options” – see below for more details.
How to screen record on a Mac using QuickTime Player
This is the method you’ll want to use if you’re running an older version of macOS. If you go through these steps while running macOS Mojave or newer, it’ll just lead you back to the Screenshot Toolbar.
1. Open the QuickTime Player app on your Mac. You can find it in your Applications folder, or by searching for it.
2. Click “File” in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
3. Click “New Screen Recording” and wait for a dark gray recording window to appear.
4. Click the red record button, then click anywhere on the screen to start a fullscreen recording, or drag your mouse to record only a specific section.
You can also click the arrow next to the record button to choose whether or not to enable the microphone, and if you’d like your mouse clicks to be highlighted.
5. When you’re finished recording, click the stop button in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
Once you stop recording, your new video will open in QuickTime automatically. From here, you can watch, edit, and share it.
An app-cluttered home screen makes using your iPad much less pleasant when you have to comb through dozens of little icons to find the app you want.
You can delete unwanted apps from your iPad’s home screen to clean up its appearance, free up storage space, and improve your interface experience.
When you delete an app from the home screen, any data stored within the app, such as levels beaten in a game, will be lost.
If you want to delete an app and archive its data, you can instead “offload” the app in Settings. Then, when you re-download the app, your data will be recovered.
Here’s how to delete, remove, or offload apps on your iPad.
How to delete apps on an iPad
1. Press and hold your finger down on the app you want to delete on your iPad home screen.
2. Tap “Delete App” in the pop-up menu that appears.
How to offload apps on iPad to save their data
If you want to delete multiple apps at once or save an app’s data before you remove it, you can offload or delete the apps in Settings.
1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.
2. Tap the “General” tab and select “iPad Storage.”
3. Scroll down to find a list of apps and tap the one you want to offload or delete.
4. Tap “Offload App,” then confirm by hitting “Offload App” again. This will delete the app, but keep its documents and data. You can also select “Delete” instead of “Offload App” if you want to delete multiple apps this way.
5. You can also choose to let your iPad automatically offload unused apps when it’s low on storage. On the iPad Storage page, tap “Enable” beside “Offload Unused Apps.”
In Microsoft Word, you can insert section breaks to divide your document into sections and apply formatting to specific blocks of text. For example, you can have a section with different margin sizes, sections with different headers and footers, and more. Section breaks differ from page breaks, which move the content after a page break to the beginning of the next page.
Below, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for how to remove a section break in Word on Windows and Mac Office programs. When you delete a section break, the text before and after the break combines into one section, which takes on the formatting of the latter section.
Here’s how to remove section breaks from your Word document.