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5 unexpected ways your tablet can make your life easier

5 unexpected ways your tablet can make your life easier

Here's the scenario: You open that rectangular present sitting under the Christmas tree. One whiff of that new tablet smell and you know it’s going to be great.

You quickly power it up, get it on Wi-Fi, set up Facebook, log in to Netflix and play around for a while. Then you set it down to go do other things, and that's about as far as you go with learning what your tablet can do. (Note: Here are 10-must have apps for your new tablet.)

 While some people don't really need to know more than this, it really helps when you do. Here are five tricks your tablet can do that will make using it so much better.

1. MAKE TEXT EASIER TO READ

A tablet gives you quite a bit more screen space than a smartphone, but a lot of the text can still be too small for some people. Fortunately, you can bump up the size to something a little easier to see.

iPad

Go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility and turn on "Bold Text" and "Larger Text." You can choose either one or both, depending on your preferences. You will need to restart your phone for Bold Text to take effect.

Android

Go to Settings >> Accessibility. Under "Vision," tap "Font size" and set it to "Large." Some phones include the even bigger "Huge" option if you really want to get crazy.

2. TAKE A SCREENSHOT

Did you get a seriously hard question right in Trivia Crack or spell an amazing word in the Scrabble app and want to share it on Facebook? Maybe your friend posted something unintentionally hilarious on Facebook and you want to snag it before they edit it away. You can take screenshots of your tablet's screen with a simple button press.

iPad

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, then press the Home button to take a screenshot or two. You should hear a shutter click every time. The screenshots will appear in your Camera Roll or Saved Photos section.

Android

Press the Power button and Volume Down button at the same time. You should hear a shutter click and/or see a white border flash around the edges of the screen. The image is saved to the Captured Images folder in your Gallery app.

There are 3 more must know ways your tablet can make your life easier!

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