Five BlackBerry PlayBook Browsing Tips and Tricks

Tips & Tricks

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Browsing the web using the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet is a great experience, as you can enjoy the best of the web on its beautiful display. Today I’d like to share five tips that I’ve been using since I got my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on launch day!

Tip 1 – Search using the Address Bar

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Instead of visiting your favorite search engine website to perform a search, you can just type whatever you are looking for in the address bar and press the Enter key to perform an automatic search. You can change which search engine is used by swiping down the top bezel while using the browser and selecting “Options”. Within this menu, you’ll have the option of changing which search engine your browser is automatically using.

Tip 2 – Add to Home Screen

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

This is a great feature to use for websites that you frequently visit, as it allows you to place an icon for the website on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet home screen. All you need to do is find a website that you’d like to appear on your home screen, such as the Inside BlackBerry Help Blog. After loading the website, tap the star icon with the green plus mark that appears in the top right corner of the browser, then tap ‘Add to Home Screen’. You’ll then be prompted to specify a name for the icon that will appear on your home screen.

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Tip 3 – Copy and Paste Text / Save, Copy and View Image

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

The next time you come across some text that you’d like to copy or an image that you’d like to save, all you need to do is tap and hold for a few seconds on the content you’d like, then select the option that you want from the menu that appears. In the screenshot below, I tapped and held for a few seconds on the BlackBerry App World image to produce the context menu that allows me to Save, Copy or View the image.

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Something to keep in mind is that when you are saving an image, you’ll be asked to specify the desired file name – make sure you leave the file extension as .jpg or .png in order to open the image later using the Pictures application on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.

Tip 4 – Downloads

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

One of things I love about my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is that I can save files such as PDF and ZIP files while browsing the Internet. After saving a file, you’ll be able to access the file later by selecting the “Downloads” button that appears when you swipe down from the top bezel while browsing the web.

When you connect the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to a computer, you’ll be able to access these files by opening the Downloads folder. To learn more about accessing the file system of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, see How to transfer files to and from the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Tip 5- Hide the Browser Address Bar

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Sometimes you don’t need to see the address bar while using the Browser on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, so why not hide it and give yourself some extra screen space? All you need to do is that tap on the little switch that appears on the right side of the address bar (circled in red above). This will hide the address bar in the Browser.

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

To get the address back temporarily, swipe down from the top bezel. If you want to bring the address bar back completely, swipe down from the top bezel again, but this time tap on the same switch you hit earlier to disable hiding the address bar. In the following screenshot, the switch denotes that the address bar is currently hidden.

Browsing on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Do you have a handy tip and trick for using the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet? If so, leave a comment and let us know!

About Ty Williams

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