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How To Manage The New Dock On Your iPad

When Apple released the iOS 11 update they brought a much improved user experience when it comes to the iPad. The first thing that jumps out at you is the new dock. Not only does it house far more apps, it also improves multitasking, allowing iPad users to open apps and switch between them.

New Dock

The New Dock

The dock resides on the bottom of the screen and can be pulled up within any app at any time with a swipe upward from the bottom of the screen. This gesture used to be reserved for the Control Center. Now the swipe up opens the dock and if you continue that swipe upwards the App Switcher and Control Center appear. Swipe back down and the dock disappears.

Control Center

Adding and Removing Apps From the New Dock

Simply hold a finger on any app and then drag it down and drop it in the dock. The dock will be familiar if you use a Mac as your computer. You can rearrange the icons in the dock by holding them and positioning them where you want. The dock can hold anywhere from 11 to 15 apps depending on your device, more than double the number that fit in the earlier dock.

Adding Apps to the Dock

Recently Used Apps

Recently Used Apps

On the far right side of the dock there is a slot reserved for your 3 most recently used apps. These are based on Handoff functionality and apps that are suggested based on your app usage habits. These can be turned off and on in the Settings App. Here’s how:

1. Open the Settings App

2. Select General

3. Choose Multitasking & Dock

4. Toggle off Show Suggested and Recent Apps.



Multitasking with the New Dock

To launch any app simply tap on it. Now you can bring up the dock from within any app, which makes it useful to switch between apps.

To do this swipe up from the bottom of your iPad and then tap on the app you wish to open.

Here’s where the magic really happens, the dock can be used with Split View and Slide Over Multitasking. When any app is open, drag another app from the dock to open a second app overlaid on top of the first.


You can move this slide over window to the left or the right of the screen using the gray bar at the top.

The Slide Over View can be pulled into a Split Screen by pulling down on the gray bar until you see the split screen appear then let go.

Now you are in split view and depending on your device you can maneuver the screen size to your liking by pulling the gray bar in the middle to the left or the right changing the size of the screens.

Split View


Accessing the New Dock From a Keyboard

If you are using a keyboard with your iPad you can easily pull up the dock by pressing Command + Option + D


Slide Over is available on the iPad Mini 2 and later, the iPad Air 2, the 5th generation iPad and all the iPad Pro models.

Split View, which allows true multitasking and allows you to use 2 app side by side, is available on the iPad Mini 4, the iPad Air 2, the 5th generation iPad and all iPad Pro’s


The Dock in iOS 11 is a great feature. It brings Mac like function to the iPad and allows for lots of growth.
The possibilities are endless, for the 3rd party developers, but even without much 3rd party app support, the new Dock rocks!


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