Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 Browser

Five Tip Friday

Happy Friday #TeamBlackBerry! Today’s topic: five tips when it comes to the BlackBerry 10 Browser.

Reader Mode

To help you focus on reading articles or other text on a webpage and remove distracting clutter like ads, you can use the Reader Mode. To do this, open the Browser, go to a website and press the action key followed by tapping Reader Mode.

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Browser Startup Settings

Controlling what happens when you open the Browser is pretty easy. For example, you can have the Browser open a specific website, such as your favorite blog, or open and load any tabs (aka websites) you were viewing the last time you closed the Browser. To specify what you would like to occur whenever you open the Browser, complete the following steps:

1. Open the Browser and press the action key followed by tapping Settings
2. Tap Display and Actions
3. In the On Startup field, select one of the following options:

  • Show My Home Page – The Browser when opened will open display a specific website (based on the Home Page setting found in step 4)
  • Show Last Tabs – The Browser when open will load any tabs (aka websites) that were open the last time you closed the Browser

4. In the Home Page field, select one of the following options (Note: These settings only apply if you select Show My Home Page in step 3):

  • Open a New Page –The Browser when opened will show websites you’ve visited recently.
  • Open a Specific Page – The Browser will open a specific page. If you were viewing the website you would like to set as your Home page before accessing this settings menu, use the Current Page option to insert the website address or manually enter the website URL.

5. When finished, tap Back to save your changes.

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Change your default search engine

Depending on what you are searching for, you may need to change your default search engine. To do this while using a BlackBerry smartphone, complete the following steps.

1. Open the Browser and enter a search term
2. In the top right corner, an icon that represents the default search engine will appear
3. Tap this icon, and from the drop-down list, select your desired search engine.

Private Browsing

This option prevents the Browser on your smartphone from storing any information – for example, your history, cached files, cookies, and so on – whenever it is enabled. When you turn off private browsing, any browsing information created while this option was enabled will be removed from your smartphone.

1. Open the Browser and press the action key followed by tapping Settings
2. Tap Privacy and Security and set the Private Browsing switch to On.

Add a website to your Home screen

If you want fast access to some of your favorite websites on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone, you should consider adding them to your home screen. To do this, open the Browser, go to a website and press the action key followed by tapping Add to Home Screen.

Bonus: Change permissions for specific websites

As you browse the Internet, you might grant permissions to allow websites to access information, such as your location. You can review and optionally remove those permissions at any time using the following steps:

1. Open the Browser and press the action key followed by tapping Settings
2. Tap Site Permissions and tap a website you’d like to review
3. Customize permissions and tap Back to save your changes, or tap the Trashcan icon to remove permissions for a specific website.

To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit www.blackberry.com/support for access to product manuals, how-to demos, tips and tricks, YouTube videos, support forums, knowledge base articles, Twitter support, and contact information for your region.

About Ty Williams

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