Five Tip Friday – Must Know BlackBerry PlayBook Tips

Five Tip Friday

Happy Friday #TeamBlackBerry!

To celebrate the weekend, here are five tips that I think everyone with a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet should know about.

1. How to cut, copy and paste text

Working with text on the tablet so you can cut, copy or paste is really easy. More or less it’s just a case of tapping and holding the screen followed by selecting your desired option

Cut or Copy Text – Touch and hold the text you’d like to cut or copy and when the cursors appear, adjust them accordingly. When you’ve finished selecting the text, tap Cut or Copy.

Paste Text – When you are ready to paste text that you’ve cut or copied, simply tap and hold where you want to text to be inserted and select Paste from the menu that appears.

2. Pairing with BlackBerry Bridge

Do you own a BlackBerry smartphone? If so, you should consider pairing with your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using BlackBerry Bridge. Doing so allows you to take advantage of several features such as the ability to browse the web on the tablet using your BlackBerry smartphones connection (if supported by your wireless server provider).

Setting up BlackBerry Bridge is really easy as well. All you need to do is start the BlackBerry Bridge setup process on your tablet which will guide you though installing BlackBerry Bridge on your smartphone as well helping pair your smartphone and tablet. To start the setup process, complete the following steps.

  1. On your tablet home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen to access Settings
  2. Tap BlackBerry Bridge followed by selecting Setup
  3. Specify your desired Tablet Name and tap Next
  4. Do one of the following:
    • If you have BlackBerry Bridge installed on your smartphone, tap Continue
    • If you do not have BlackBerry Bridge installed on your smartphone, tap Install Now and following the prompts to install BlackBerry Bridge on your smartphone. When finished, tap Back on the tablet and followed by tapping Continue
  5. Follow the instructions on your tablet to scan the barcode which will start the pairing process

After pairing your smartphone and tablet, make sure you check out the BlackBerry Bridge User Guide to learn more.

3. Securing your tablet

I don’t know about you but my tablet contains personal documents, images, videos and more so to prevent others from accessing my personal data, I’ve set a password on my tablet.

Doing this allows me to have peace of mind because in the event I lose my tablet, unless the person who finds it knows my password (ed – which they shouldn’t because passwords are secrets!) they will not be able to access to my personal files.

If they try to guess my password, after 10 invalid password attempts, my tablet data is automatically deleted as a security precaution.

To set a password on your tablet, complete the following steps:

  1. On your tablet home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen to access Settings
  2. Tap Security followed by selecting Password
  3. To set a password, set the Enable Password switch to On
  4. Specify your desired password
  5. Tap Ok

4. How to copy files to, and from the tablet

Want an easy way to connect to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for file sharing? If so, you should try Wi-Fi File Sharing since it allows you to drag and drop documents, pictures, videos, music, and more between your computer and tablet without the need to track down a USB cable.

To setup and start using Wi-Fi File Sharing, complete the following steps.

    1. On your tablet home screen, swipe down from the top of the screen to access Settings
    2. Tap Storage and Sharing
    3. Set the Wi-Fi Sharing switch to On
      • To set a password to help protect your files, tap Password
      • For more information on securing Wi-Fi File Sharing, please review the Help app on your tablet
    4. On your tablet, tap About.
    5. In the drop-down list, tap Network and make note of the Wi-Fi IPv4 address for your tablet.
    6. Do one of the following:
    7. If your computer uses a Windows operating system, click Start followed by Run. Type your tablet IP address in the following format: \\xx.xxx.xxx.xxx.

If your computer uses a Mac operating system, open Finder, select Go followed by Connect to Server. Type your tablet IP address in the following format: smb://xx.xxx.xxx.xxx.

  • Drag a file from a location on your computer to a folder on your tablet or vice versa

5. Set Up Print To Go

One of my favorite apps is Print To Go because it allows me to print a variety of files such as webpages, images and more to my tablet. For example, every time I come across a new recipe online I’ll use the websites ‘Print’ option, select Print To Go on my PC and within minutes I’ll be in my kitchen following the steps on my tablet thanks to Print To Go.

To get started with Print To Go, you’ll need to visit http://blackberry.com/printtogo to download and install the Print To Go software on your personal PC.

After installing the Print To Go software on your computer, print a file like you normally would and select Print To Go as the printer. In the fields that appear on the screen, enter your BlackBerry ID and password and click Sign In. When printing is complete, tap the Print To Go app and you’ll see the new file has been added that you can view using Print To Go, or Adobe Reader on your tablet.

Do you have a question or comment? Let us know below!

About Ty Williams

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