How to turn on and use AirPlay on a Mac, for screen mirroring on larger displays like a smart TV

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It’s easy to AirPlay from your Mac computer to devices within range.

  • You can turn on AirPlay on a Mac through the System Preferences app’s “Displays” menu.
  • AirPlay on a Mac is handy when giving presentations, or just sharing content on a larger display.
  • You can AirPlay from your Mac to any AirPlay-compatible device, like an iPad and most smart TVs.
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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.

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Go to “Displays” in System Preferences.

3. Check the box next to “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available.”

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Make sure the box at the bottom of the Displays page is checked.

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.

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In the AirPlay drop-down, select a device under “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.

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Click “Turn AirPlay Off.”

From System Preferences:

1. Open System Preferences and click “Displays.”

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Go to “Displays” in System Preferences.

2. On the Displays page, click the drop-down next to “AirPlay Display.”

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Click the drop-down arrows next to “AirPlay Display.”

3. In the drop-down, select the device you want to AirPlay to.

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Select a device from the list.

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.”

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Click “Off” in the drop-down to stop AirPlaying.

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How to reset an iPad to its factory settings if a simple restart doesn’t solve your technical issues

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You can reset your iPad if you’re facing a serious issue with it; otherwise, there’s always the option to restart your iPad instead.

  • You can reset an iPad to its factory settings if you’re experiencing significant problems with it or are planning to sell it or give it away.
  • You can restart your iPad with the push of a few button combinations.
  • A restart should clear your iPad’s memory and solve the majority of technical problems.
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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.”

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Back up your iPad before performing a factory reset in case you need to restore your content.

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.”

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Tap “Erase All Content and Settings” to wipe your iPad clean.

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.

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After pressing the right button combo, the reset screen should appear.

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.

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There’s a secondary set of button combos that can force your iPad to reset if the first method does not work.

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.

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How to tell exactly which iPad generation and model you have in two different ways

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It should only take a minute to find what generation of iPad you have.

  • To find what generation of iPad you have, you should check the model number.
  • You can find your iPad’s model number by looking at the Settings app or the back of your device.
  • Once you know your iPad’s model number, search for it on Google or check our comprehensive list to find what generation it is.
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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.

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Open the “About” menu.

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.

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You’ll have to tap “Model Number” once to get the right code.

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.

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Every iPad has the model number engraved on the back.

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

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There are four major iPad types: the iPad, mini, Air, and Pro.

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

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad

2010

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + 3G

A1219 for Wi-Fi, A1337 for Wi-Fi + 3G

iPad 2 (2nd generation)

2011

Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA

A1395 for Wi-Fi, A1396 for GSM, A1397 for CDMA

iPad (3rd generation)

Early 2012

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1416 for Wi-Fi, A1430 or A1403 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (4th generation)

Late 2012

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1458 for Wi-Fi, A1459 or A1460 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (5th generation)

2017

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1822 for Wi-Fi, A1823 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (6th generation)

2018

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1893 for Wi-Fi, A1954 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (7th generation)

2019

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2197 for Wi-Fi, A2200 or A2198 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (8th generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2270 for Wi-Fi; A2428, A2429, or A2430 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Every iPad mini generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad mini

2012

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1432 for Wi-Fi, A1454 or A1455 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad mini 2 (2nd generation)

Late 2013 and early 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular, Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

A1489 for Wi-Fi, A1490 for Wi-Fi + Cellular, A1491 for Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

iPad mini 3 (3rd generation)

Late 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1599 for Wi-Fi, A1600 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad mini 4 (4th generation)

2015

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1538 for Wi-Fi, A1550 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad mini (5th generation)

2019

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2133 for Wi-Fi; A2124, A2125, or A2126 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Every iPad Air generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad Air

Late 2013 and early 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular, Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

A1474 for Wi-Fi, A1475 for Wi-Fi + Cellular, A1476 for Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

iPad Air 2 (2nd generation)

Late 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1566 for Wi-Fi, A1567 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Air (3rd generation)

2019

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2152 for Wi-Fi; A2123, A2153, or A2154 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Air (4th generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2316 for Wi-Fi; A2324, A2325, or A2072 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Every iPad Pro generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad Pro [12.9-inch]

2015

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1584 for Wi-Fi, A1652 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [9.7-inch]

2016

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1673 for Wi-Fi, A1674 or A1675 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [10.5-inch]

2017

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1701 for Wi-Fi, A1709 or A1852 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [12.9-inch] (2nd generation)

2017

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1670 for Wi-Fi, A1671 or A1821 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [11-inch]

2018

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1980 for Wi-Fi; A2013, A1934, or A1979 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [12.9-inch] (3rd generation)

2018

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1876 for Wi-Fi; A2014, A1895 or A1983 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [11-inch] (2nd generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2228 for Wi-Fi; A2068, A2230, or A2231 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [12.9-inch] (4th generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2229 for Wi-Fi; A2069, A2232, or A2233 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Steven John contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to factory reset an HP laptop if you’re planning to sell it or experiencing technical problems

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You can factory reset your HP laptop in two different ways to return it to its original condition.

  • You can factory reset an HP laptop using Windows Settings to revert the laptop to its original state.
  • You can choose whether you want the reset to wipe out all personal files or only to reset Windows itself.
  • If you can’t boot your HP laptop, you can also reset it using Windows Recovery in Safe Mode.
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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.

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How to take a screenshot on every iPad model

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There are two ways to screenshot on an iPad.

  • You can take a screenshot on your iPad by pressing buttons or using AssistiveTouch.
  • If your iPad has a Home button, press Home and Power; if it doesn’t, press Power and Volume Up.
  • AssistiveTouch puts a digital button on your screen that you can tap to take an iPad screenshot.
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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.

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You’ll need to press Power and one other button.

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.”

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Open the “Touch” accessibility menu.

Turn AssistiveTouch on by flipping its switch at the top of the screen. Now, you’ll want to set up the screenshot function.

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Turn on AssistiveTouch, and go to set up your double-tap 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.”

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Set up the “Screenshot” option.

Now, when you double-tap the gray AssistiveTouch button, you’ll take a screenshot.

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How to record the screen on your iPad and find or edit the video later

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Screen recordings can be immensely useful on an iPad.

  • You can screen record on your iPad, but first you’ll need to enable the feature.
  • Once you enable iPad screen recording in Settings, just tap the record button in Control Center.
  • Your screen recordings will be saved to Photos and can be edited or shared like any other video.
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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.

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You need to add the Record button to the Control Center before you make recordings.

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).

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Open the Control Center and quickly start a video recording of the screen by tapping the record button.

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.

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A quick tap on the Record button will start the three second countdown, but a long tap gives you extra options, including the ability to record narration at the same time.

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.

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You can drag the start and end of the timeline to trim the video.

4. Tap “Done” and then tap “Save as New Clip,” or just “Save Video” to overwrite the original.

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How to record your screen on a Mac computer with the Screenshot Toolbar or QuickTime Player

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It’s easy to screen record on any Mac.

  • To screen record on Mac, use the Screenshot Toolbar or QuickTime Player.
  • If you have a new Mac, you can screen record on the Screenshot Toolbar with a keyboard shortcut.
  • QuickTime Player is great for older macOS versions, and screen records just as easily.
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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

Again, remember that this method is only available if you’re running macOS Mojave or newer. If you’re not sure what version of macOS you have, read our article on how to check your macOS version and install any needed updates.

Once you’re ready to record:

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.

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The two options in the middle of this toolbar will let you screen 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.

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Select the “New Screen Recording” option.

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.

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QuickTime will give you less options, but still lets you narrate the recording.

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.

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How to unlock an iPad if you don’t remember the passcode, or if it’s disabled

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It’s possible to unlock your iPad if it’s disabled, but you’ll have to reset it.

  • To unlock an iPad if you forgot the password or it’s been disabled, you can restore it with iTunes.
  • You can also unlock your iPad by doing a system restore using the Find My iPhone app.
  • You’ll need a recent iPad backup to get your data back after you restore and unlock it.
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If you lock your iPad using a passcode (and for your privacy and security, you should) you can rest assured that it’s highly secure.

But if you can’t remember the passcode – or you’ve entered it wrong so many times that the iPad is disabled and won’t accept the passcode anymore – you can still unlock it.

Unfortunately, you’ll need to reset the iPad to its factory-default settings in the process. Afterward, you can replace your data from a recent backup. Here’s how to do it.

How to unlock your iPad using iTunes

If you have a recent backup, you can restore your iPad with iTunes. This will erase all the data along with your passcode, allowing you to unlock your iPad, and then replace the data from a backup.

1. On your computer, start iTunes and then connect your iPad to the computer using a USB cable.

2. Force your iPad to enter recovery mode.

  • If you have an iPad with Face ID, quickly press the Volume Up button, press the Volume Down button, and then press the Power button until you see the recovery mode screen appear on the iPad.
  • If you have an iPad with a Home button, press and hold both the Home and the Power buttons at the same time until you see the recovery-mode screen.
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A locked iPad can be reset by connecting it to iTunes and pressing the right button combination.

3. On the computer, you’ll see a dialog box that says there was a problem with your iPad. Click “Restore.”

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If you can’t unlock your iPad, you can reset it to factory settings and then click “Restore” to use data from a backup.

How to unlock your iPad using Find My iPhone

If you don’t have iTunes installed on your computer, you can use Find My iPhone as long as you’ve previously enabled this feature.

1. Go to the Find My iPhone website. Or if you have another iOS device like an iPhone, you can open the Find My iPhone app on that device.

2. Log in to your iCloud account, if you aren’t already.

3. If you’re using the Find My website, click the “All Devices” link and select your locked iPad from the list.

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Select your iPad from the Devices dropdown menu.

4. Now, select Erase iPad.

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Click the Erase My option in the device menu that appears in the top right.

5. A window will appear, confirming that all your iPad’s content and settings will be erased. To complete the restore, click “Erase.”

6. If you’re using the Find My iPhone app, select your iPad from the visible list of devices and then tap Actions.

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Select your iPad from the list of Apple devices.

7. Now choose “Erase iPad,” and confirm the choice by tapping the red “Erase Mac” button.

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Select Erase iPad to restore your device to factory settings.

After the iPad is erased and restarts, you can then restore your iPad with a recent backup.

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How to delete apps on your iPad, or offload apps to save their data

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Deleting apps on an iPad is so simple it takes only a few taps.

  • You can delete apps on an iPad directly from the home screen or in Settings.
  • When you delete an app on your iPad, you will lose all of its saved data.
  • If you want to remove an app but save its data, you should offload it instead.
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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.

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Select “Delete App” in the pop-up.

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.”

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In “General,” tap “iPad Storage.”

3. Scroll down to find a list of apps and tap the one you want to offload or delete.

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Select an app in the list of apps.

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.

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Tap “Offload App” to offload the selected app, or “Delete App” to delete it.

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.”

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Tap “Enable” to turn on automatic offloading.

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How to remove a section break in Word and reformat the layout of your document

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You can remove section breaks in Word by deleting their special symbols.

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.

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