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When using an app like Safari on iPad, a single window is rarely enough. While creating new windows and pairs of windows on the iPad is easier than ever, finding windows is a whole other question. But all is well – there’s a new feature in iPadOS 15 that aims to make this easier for you. It’s called the shelf.

Here’s how to find all the open windows for an iPad app using the shelf

You can think of the shelf as a version of the dock, but limited to a specific app. If multiple windows are open for an app, the shelf will automatically appear at the bottom of the screen. It lingers there for a few seconds and then disappears – but you can bring it back: tap the new one Multitasking menu button (three dots) at the top of the screen. (This only works if you are currently viewing a full screen window.)

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However, a more reliable way to see all open windows is to use the dock. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the Dock and tap the icon of the app that’s already open on the screen. Alternatively, you can tap and hold the app icon and the “Show all windows” Opportunity.

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Once the shelf is open, you can tap any window to switch to it. If you swipe up on a window preview, it will be closed.

How to find all open windows for an app with the App Switcher

The shelf functionality, while great, is not intuitive – and you only see a small preview of the windows for a few seconds. The more reliable way to find all open windows for an app is to use the tried and true legacy app switcher. On your iPad, swipe up from the bottom home bar and hold for a second to open the app switcher.

Here you will see a list of all open apps and windows. If you have multiple windows open in an app, you’ll see a small one window Icon next to it (it looks like two cascading squares).

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If you tap on it, you will now only see all the windows for the respective app. These include split view pairs, slide over windows, and full screen windows.

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You can tap a window to switch to it. And when you want to close a window, just swipe up.