iPadOS provides a number of enhanced multitasking features with the potential to bolster your productivity.

Improved Slide Over

While an app is open, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the dock. Drag one of these app icons to the middle of the screen and release to open them up in an iPhone-like overlay.

You can now use both apps simultaneously, and even drag files, images and links between the two apps. Open multiple apps in Slide Over, and you can switch between them by swiping along the bottom of the current one, or swipe up to show all of them at once.

Shift a Slide Over app out of view by touching the inside or top edge and swiping it out of the way. Then, just swipe in from the same side to make it reappear.

Manage app files in Split View

It’s possible in iPadOS to run multiple instances of an app simultaneously. You can then use Split View to quickly shift items between different sections of a single app.

Open the app in question and swipe up from the bottom to bring up the app dock. Now select the same app and drag it to the far left or right of the screen to open it in Split View.

In Notes, you’ll be able to copy images and text from one note to another. In Files, you’ll be able to drag files into new folders. It’s also possible to drag individual tabs in Safari and notes in Notes to Split View. Experiment!

App Exposé

As the previous two tips show, it’s quite possible to have multiple versions of a single app open in a variety of configurations.

If you want to see all of the app versions that are open at any one time, drag up to bring up the app dock and press and hold on the app in question. Now tap Show All Windows.

From this view you can tap to enter app instances, swipe up to close them, or even tap the + button to open another new version of the app.