Multitasking enables the Apple iPad to simultaneously run multiple apps, such as listening to music while you browse the Internet. The multitasking bar displays currently running apps along with recently used apps. These apps are not necessarily hogging system resources according to Apple. The bar simply enables you to quickly find common apps and access apps that are running. Closing running apps forces them to stop, but it does not remove the app from the iPad, so you can always launch it again.
1Press the "Home" button twice quickly to open the multitasking bar. If the bar does not appear, try again with quicker button presses. The speed of the button presses should simulate the speed required when double-clicking a mouse.
2Swipe sideways on the multitasking bar to scroll through the list of apps.
3Touch and hold the icon of the app you wish to close. After a short time, all the icons on the bar shake and a minus sign appears on the upper left corner of each icons.
4Tap the minus sign to close any of the apps.
5Press the "Home" button twice to stop the apps from jiggling and to exit the multitasking bar.
- Information in this article applies to the Apple iPad running iOS 5.1 or iOS 6. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.