My post yesterday on web apps reminded me that it would be prudent to mention to my readers how one could make a shortcut icon to a web page or app appear on the home screen of their iPad or iPhone. It is probably one of the most overlooked features of Safari on these devices, yet extremely simple to do.
To create one yourself, open Safari, and browse to a web site, I chose Apple.com for illustration purposes. On the toolbar tap the button that has an image of an arrow surrounded by a rectangle, then tap the Add to Home Screen button in the list of menu options. In the Add To Home dialog, change the description if desired and tap the blue Add button at top right. You have now placed a “shortcut icon” that links to apple.com on your home screen.
On a related topic, you may need to create icon groups if you find your home screen becoming a bit cluttered with new hordes of invading shortcut icons.