How to Find Files on an iPad
By Warren Davies
The iPad comes with a Spotlight feature that enables you to search all files and apps on your iPad. Spotlight can find contacts, apps, songs, artists, albums, podcasts, videos, pictures, audiobooks, notes, calendar events, mail, reminders and text messages. If you have a large amount of content on your iPad, you might find it easier to find the files you need with Spotlight rather than by browsing manually.
Go to the iPad's first home screen and then swipe from the left edge of the screen to the right. Alternatively, you can press the “Home” button from any of the home screens. This brings up Spotlight.
Enter the name of the file that you want to locate in the text box. You can search for apps, songs, artists or files from here. The results of your search will automatically appear in the results list as you type, but if you tap "Search" you will dismiss the keyboard so that more results appear on your screen.
Scan through the results until you find the file that you are looking for, and then tap it to open it with its associated app. If you tap a song it will start playing, while tapping pictures displays them on the screen.
Warren Davies has been writing since 2007, focusing on bespoke projects for online clients such as PsyT and The Institute of Coaching. This has been alongside work in research, web design and blogging. A Linux user and gamer, warren trains in martial arts as a hobby. He has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in psychology, and further qualifications in statistics and business studies.