Well, I think we are all familiar with the fabulous new feature on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch which allows you to rotate the device and have the screen rotate with it!  This is a wonderful feature in most cases, particularly when viewing photos, movies etc.

But what about the times when you really don't want the screen to rotate with you.  For example, you are trying to read your iBook and you prefer to read in portrait orientation.  However every time you turn on your side and you accidentally rotate the device slightly, the screen rotates with it and now you are reading in facing-pages landscape mode.  It takes a few seconds for it to switch back to portrait mode once you've righted your device.  When this happens a lot, it's very frustrating.

The answer is to use the Rotation Lock on your device.  That's all very well, but most people don't know it exists and if they did, they wouldn't know where to find it!  As it turns out, it's very simple - when you know how! (Like most things!!)

To access the rotation lock, simply double-click (press twice quickly) the Home button - the circular button below the screen.  This will open a new row of icons along the bottom of your screen.  This displays the applications that are currently running in the background (but that's for another day!)  Simply swipe your finger to the right on those icons and you will be taken to the iPod Controls.  At the very left of the iPod Controls, you will see the Rotation Lock indicator.  It is what's called a toggle, so you press it once to switch it on and press it again to switch it off.

Now that you know what it is, where it is and what it does, you can use it anytime and save yourself some frustration!  Needless to say, rotation lock has other purposes but I'll leave you to discover those for yourselves...  🙂