Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry Browser shortcuts, pop-ups, zoom and RSS

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 09.23.11 / tywill1

BlackBerry Browser

Happy Friday #TeamBlackBerry! Today I’ve got five handy tips for when you are browsing the web on a BlackBerry® smartphone. For this post, I’ll be using my BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 smartphone which uses the BlackBerry® 7 OS.

If you have a tip you’d like to share, make sure you leave a comment and let me know because your tip may be featured in an upcoming post.

Let’s get started!

1. Accessing Pop-up Menus

BlackBerry Browser BlackBerry Browser

The next time you are using the BlackBerry® Browser, you can open a pop-up menu that contains a lot of commonly-used actions by touching and holding the screen or pressing the trackpad for a few seconds. I love this feature because it’s a quick way to share links with friends, family and coworkers.

2. Turn On Browser Shortcuts

If you use a BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard, such as a BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone, you can enable shortcuts within the BlackBerry Browser, which allow you to access and complete various actions using just the keyboard. Something to keep in mind is that depending on which typing input language is used, some shortcuts may not be available. You can view the BlackBerry Browser shortcuts available to a BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone by clicking on the link.

After enabling BlackBerry Browser shortcuts using the steps below, visit the Browser Shortcuts section within the BlackBerry smartphone user guide to view the shortcuts available to you. To find the user guide for your BlackBerry smartphone, visit BlackBerry Documentation.

  1. On the home screen, select the Browser icon.
  2. Press the Menu key and select “Options”.
  3. In the General section, select the “Enable Keyboard Shortcuts” checkbox.
  4. Press the Menu key and select “Save”.

BlackBerry Browser

3. View a full picture on a webpage

If you are browsing a website that contains an image you’d like to see in more detail, all you need to do is highlight the image followed by pressing the Menu key and selecting “View Image”. You can then zoom in and out on the image to get a better look at it.

On top of accessing the View Image option after hitting the Menu key, you can also tap and hold on the image, which causes the pop-up menu to appear. This menu contains the option of View Image.

When you are done looking at the image, hit the escape key to go back to the website you were originally viewing.

4. Stop blocking pop-ups on webpages

Sometimes you may encounter a website that uses a pop-up to pass along some information, so this is a good tip to know! By default, the BlackBerry Browser is set to prevent pop-ups from appearing on webpages. However, if you need to change it so that pop-ups are displayed, complete the following steps.

  1. On the home screen, select the Browser icon.
  2. Press the Menu key and select “Options”.
  3. In the Web Content section, click the “Block Popups” checkbox to uncheck it.

BlackBerry Browser

5. Add an RSS feed from the Browser

Subscribing to RSS feeds is a great way to stay on top of websites you frequently visit. Depending on the website you are visiting, you might have the option to subscribe to a RSS feed while using the BlackBerry Browser.

  1. On the home screen, select the Browser icon.
  2. Browse to a website that contains an RSS feed.
  3. Press the Menu key and select “Subscribe to RSS”.
  4. When prompted, specify if you’d like to add the RSS feed to Social Feeds or the BlackBerry® Podcasts app.

BlackBerry Browser BlackBerry Browser

If the option of “Subscribe to RSS Feed” is missing after completing these steps, you will need to manually copy and paste the RSS feed address into an app such as Social Feeds 2.0.

Got a question, comment or tip you’d like to share? Leave a comment and let me know!

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