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How to access iPad folders

The iPad itself does not have a user-accessible file and folder management system in the same way as Windows. It does allow you to organize applications in folders. You can also directly access some of the documents stored on the iPad by connecting it to a PC.

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App folders

  1. Touch and hold an app icon until it shakes to enter app management mode. Drag and drop one app onto another to create a folder. The iPad will create a name based on the combination of apps in the folder. Tap the name if you want to change it to a name of your choice. Press the home button when you are done organising.

  2. Tap a folder to open it an access the apps inside. Tap outside the folder to close it. Alternatively, press the home button to close a folder.

  3. Touch and hold any app icon until it shakes to enter app management mode if you want to remove an app. To remove it, simply drag the app onto the "desktop" or drag it into another folder. Drag all apps out of a folder to automatically delete the folder itself.

Documents within apps

  1. Connect your iPad to your PC using a USB cable. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically. Wait until a button marked "iPad" appears in the top right corner of iTunes and click the button to enter the device management screen.

  2. Click on "Apps" in the list of options across the screen (which should run from "Summary" to "On This iPhone".)

  3. Scroll down to the "File Sharing" section to see a list of apps for which you can see the relevant documents stored on your iPad. Click on an app's name to access a list of the documents. Click on "Add" to manually add a compatible document from your PC to the iPad, or click on "Save to" to manually copy a document from your iPad to your PC.


  1. Connect your iPad to your PC using a USB cable.

  2. Open Windows Explorer on your PC and find the listing for your iPad in the "Computer" section, alongside a list of your hard drives.

  3. Click on the listing for your iPad, then double-click on "Internal Storage", then "DCIM", then the folder within DCIM. This folder contains the images stored on your iPad. You can open, delete or copy these files in the same way as if they were on your PC itself.

  4. Tip

    Each app folder can hold a maximum of 16 apps.


    Do not rename image files when browsing your iPad through Windows Explorer. Doing so could cause problems with viewing the images on your iPad itself.

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About the Author

A professional writer since 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, John Lister ran the press department for the Plain English Campaign until 2005. He then worked as a freelance writer with credits including national newspapers, magazines and online work. He specializes in technology and communications.

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