Deleting Files From Your iPad

Most things you need to do on the iPad are pretty easy to figure out.  In fact, Apple has a lot to say about how apps should be designed so that the user’s experience is an easy and enjoyable one.

While I’ve found that Apple does tend to practice what it preaches (at least 80% of the time) in regard to good user interface design, I have one beef:  deleting files.

Getting files onto your iPad couldn’t be easier:

  1. Open up iTunes
  2. Connect your iPad and click on it when it appears under “Devices”
  3. Select the “Apps” tab
  4. Select the app you want to add files to in the “Apps” box
  5. Drag files from Finder to the “Documents” box, or use the “Add” button in the “Documents” box.

All 5 of those steps can be figured out just by looking at the iTunes interface, no instructions required.

Deleting files on the other hand, is much less than obvious.   Here’s the recipe:

  1. Follow steps 1-4 above.
  2. Select the files you want to delete in the “Documents” box.
  3. Press the “Delete” key on your keyboard

I don’t know of anyplace wheres step #6 is clearly documented. The “Delete” option in the iTunes Edit menu will not help you.  Although there are “Add” and “Save to” buttons in the Documents box, a corresponding “Delete” button is nowhere to be found.

As much as I love what Apple does, this is simply maddening.

There, I’m better now.


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