When you first start your iPad or iPad mini (and each time you press the Home button), the Home screen appears. You use this screen as the launching pad (so to speak) for all your tablet adventures.
You can make the Home screen more efficient by doing three things: Moving your four most-used icons to the Dock, moving eight other commonly used icons to the left and right columns of the main Home screen, and making sure any icon you tap frequently appears somewhere on the main Home screen.
The best way to make the main Home screen more manageable is to reduce the total number of icons with which you have to work. This isn’t a problem when you’re just starting out with your tablet because it comes with a limited number of apps. However, the addictive nature of the App Store almost always means that you end up with screen after screen of apps. The iPad or iPad mini lets you use a maximum of 11 screens. If you fill each screen to the brim — that’s 20 apps per screen — you end up with 224 total icons (including the four Dock icons). That’s a lot of icons.