How to Lock the Screen Orientation on an Apple iPad

Prior to the release of IOS 4.2, a switch on the right-side of the Apple iPad allowed you to lock your Apple iPad's orientation. If you upgraded to IOS 4.2, a mute switch for your speakers is now in place of the old orientation-lock switch. For this version, the process for changing and locating the orientation changed.

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Press the power button on the top right-hand corner of your Apple iPad. Alternatively, press the "Home" button in the middle-bottom section of your Apple iPad.

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Slide your finger to the right to unlock the Apple iPad.

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Choose the desired orientation of the iPad. Examples include portrait mode and landscape mode.

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Double-click the "Home" button on your Apple iPad. A taskbar of apps appears.

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Slide your finger to the right until it slides no further.

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Tap the button on the far left. A lock symbol appears, meaning you have locked the Apple iPad orientation. Now, it won't change orientation if you turn the Apple iPad. Repeat this step to unlock the orientation.