How to Lock the Screen Orientation After Upgrading Your iPad to iOS 4.2

Last Updated Nov 28, 2010 11:02 PM EST

If you upgraded your iPad last week, you might have gotten the same surprise I did: The screen orientation lock on the side of the device no longer locks the screen in place. Quite unexpectedly, it now works like a mute button.

If you're still scratching your head over that strange decision, no worries: Here's now to lock the screen orientation in place.

Press the Home button twice quickly, as if you were double-clicking. If you also have an iPhone running iOS 4, you'll recognize the gesture -- it brings up the list of recently opened apps. Now swipe from left to right across those app icons, and you'll see this:

These are the media controls for iTunes. But off to the left, you'll see the new screen orientation lock. Tap it to freeze the screen in whatever position you prefer.