How to Articles & Directions for Arranging Apps & Folders on the iPad

A reader named Pat recently sent me this question about arranging folders on the iPad screen.

I was wondering, is there anyway to place your folders in specific
places on your iPad screen or will they just automatically fill in
like they are doing now?

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you. I also love the

Thanks for the kind words Pat! You move and rearrange folders the same way you move apps.
However, there can be no empty spaces between apps or folders on iPad screens. An app or folder will be always next to another app or folder. You’ve noticed apps and folders form a grid on the iPad screen. App icons and folder icons will snap to this grid and fill in empty spaces.

For more on how to manage iPad app and iPad app folders, see these articles:

iPad Tutorial on Arranging Apps

Using iTunes to Manage Apps on the iPad

Tips on Moving an App from One Screen to Another (video)

Arranging Apps – How to Move Multiple Apps to Other Screens on Your iPad

About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, has over twenty-five years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. Andy now runs a professional development business, working on site and online to help others make sense and make use of digital tools. He started the iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale. His iPad Academy helps others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online through a video training series. Video Message from Andy