Sidebar Widgets Custom Homescreen
Essential Apple User Magazine|January 2021
The iPad’s Home screen sidebar has been overhauled for iPadOS 14. Widgets now carry more information and they’re available in three sizes; small, medium and large. The sidebar can be extensively customised too.

Starting Out

1 You can set the Widgets sidebar to sit permanently on the Home screen or be shown and hidden as you please. Go to Settings > Home Screen & Dock, and use the switch marked ‘Keep Today View on Home Screen to set it.

2 With the switch on, the sidebar is always visible on the Home screen. If the switch is offor the iPad is in Portrait Mode, the sidebar can be opened and closed by swiping the screen right to show the sidebar and left to hide it.

3 You can scroll the sidebar up and down to access more widgets. If you tap one of the individual widgets, whether it’s for an Apple app or a third-party app, you open the application that created it.

4 Tap and hold an individual widget for a pop-up menu. The exact options here depends on which widget you tapped but you can always remove the widget or edit the Home screen from here. Most widgets can be edited too.

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