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How to Create a Folder on the iPad

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Are you one of those people who dislike clutter? If so, then you probably like organizing everything to ensure that all is in clean and proper order. The same may also apply to your files and apps on your iPad. One of the many ways to properly organize your files and apps on this device is by creating a folder. There are two types of folders you can create on the iPad.

How to Create a Folder on the iPad

The first type of folder is the one where you store your files or documents. Your iPad should have the Files app where your files are kept. In general, your local files would be saved in On My iPad filed under Locations. If you want to copy a file and save it to a certain folder on your iPad, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open the file that you wish to copy and save on your iPad.
  2. Tap on Select then choose the file name. After this, tap on Organize.
  3. Select a folder wherein you wish to save the file on. If you wish to create a new folder, select the option New Folder.
  4. Select Copy and you’re done.

Another easy way to do this is by long-pressing the chosen file. From the drop-down menu, select Move and choose the folder where you wish to copy and save it.

You may also move files from your iCloud Drive to another existing folder or a new one. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Open the file that you wish to move.
  2. Tap on Select and choose the desired file.
  3. Select Organize.
  4. Select the folder you wish to move the file to. You may also create a new folder for this file by selecting New Folder.
  5. Select Move and you’re good to go.

Similarly, you may also do the same method of long-pressing the file to open a drop-down menu. Select Move and choose which folder to move the file to. If the folders are saved in your iCloud Drive, it should also automatically synced to all your Apple devices that have your iCloud enabled.

Now, these methods are applicable if you already have the files that you wish to save to either an existing folder or a new one. However, you can also manually create a new folder or rename your files should you wish to just organize your documents. To rename a file or a folder, you simply have to press on it firmly. On the other hand, if you wish to create a new folder, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Files app.
  2. Under the Locations tab, select the drive you wish to add a folder to, such as your iCloud Drive or On My iPad.
  3. Swipe down on your iPad screen.
  4. At the upper left portion of the screen, tap on the More icon.
  5. From the options, select New Folder.
  6. Input the name of the new folder.
  7. Select Done and you have already created a new folder.

The second type of folder is the one where you store your apps. When you download an app on your iPad, it automatically appears on your screen after installing it. If you have so many apps stored on your iPad, it could look quite messy. You can create a folder for the same types of apps so that your screen will look cleaner and more organized. Here are the steps on how to do it:

  1. Tap and hold the app you wish to move. This should allow you to “pick up” the app, indicated by the slight expansion of the app logo, and move it around with your finger. You can also move the app from one screen to the next by moving your finger to the edge of the screen while holding the app. Your screen should move to the next.
  2. Release the app on top of another app icon that you wish to compile it with. This should automatically create a new folder for both apps.
  3. At the top of the folder, you can change its name as you see fit. You have now created a folder for these apps.
  4. You can move several apps into this folder by simply picking up these apps and dropping them into the folder.
  5. To exit this folder and stop editing your home screen, simply click the Home button if your iPad has one or swipe up to Home if it doesn’t.

If you wish to edit the folder again, tap and hold the folder with your finger. Select Edit Home Screen and all the apps on your iPad should start jiggling. Then, tap on the folder you wish to edit. You can rename the folder by tapping on the name at the top of the apps in the folder. You may also remove the apps from the folder by dragging them out. Go to Home after you finish editing the folder and the apps.

Hopefully, these folder features of your iPad will help you keep your documents and apps organized and easy to find. They are quite useful, too, if you have a ton of documents and apps on your iPad. This way, they would be much easier to find, especially if you’re in a jiffy.

Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo

Kokou Adzo is a stalwart in the tech journalism community, has been chronicling the ever-evolving world of Apple products and innovations for over a decade. As a Senior Author at Apple Gazette, Kokou combines a deep passion for technology with an innate ability to translate complex tech jargon into relatable insights for everyday users.

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