Five Tip Friday – BlackBerry 10 Browser Tips Part 2

FIVE TIP FRIDAY / 06.21.13 / tywill1

It’s the first day of summer, #TeamBlackBerry, and we’re kicking off the weekend with another list of BlackBerry 10 Browser tips!

Didn’t catch the first list? Check out our BlackBerry 10 Browser tips post for more tricks you’ll want to know about!

1. Sharing is caring

Want to share that hilarious GIF with your best friend? Sharing the page you’re viewing on your BlackBerry 10 device is really easy, just tap the action key in the bottom right corner and select Share. From this menu you’ll be able to select a variety of options such as BBM, Facebook, BlackBerry Remember, etc.

Don’t forget you can use NFC to share as well! For example, let’s say you are looking at a really good article and you want to share the URL with your colleague who sits next to you. Provided your colleague’s device supports NFC, instead of copying and pasting the URL into a conversation, tap Share followed by NFC. After bumping devices, your colleague will get a prompt asking if they’d like to open the URL.

2. Clear your browser history

Did you do some secret shopping and forget to turn on Private Browsing first?? If so, here’s how to clear your browsing history!

  1. Open the browser
  2. Tap the action key followed by Settings
  3. Tap Privacy and Security
  4. Tap one or both of the following options:
    • Clear History
    • Clear Cookies and Other Data


Tip: Not sure how to enable Private Browsing? Check out our post on how to turn on private browsing in BlackBerry 10.

3. Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’re using a BlackBerry 10 device with a physical keyboard such as the BlackBerry Q10 or Q5, here are several shortcuts you can take advantage of including one for Reader Mode!

  • Go to the top of a web page, press T
  • Go to the bottom of a web page, press B
  • Move down the screen, press Space
  • Move up the screen, press the Up arrow and Space
  • Go forward one page, press N
  • Go back one page, press P
  • Search text on a page, press S
  • Open your bookmarks, press K
  • Open your history, press H
  • Enter reader mode, press R
  • Refresh a web page, press L
  • Zoom in, press I
  • Zoom out, press O

Here is a screenshot I took on my Q5 of the BlackBerry Help Blog normally, and the Help Blog as viewed in Reader Mode.

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4. Turn on Adobe Flash support

Depending on what websites you are visiting you might want to turn on Adobe Flash support. Here’s how to do it!

  1. Open the Browser
  2. Tap the action key in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap Settings followed by Display and Actions
  4. Set the Adobe Flash switch to On

5. Enable Desktop Mode

Similar to the previous tip, depending on what websites you are visiting you may want to optionally enable Desktop Mode so your browser loads the desktop version of a website instead of the mobile version. Be mindful of this setting though because until you turn it off every website you visit will display the desktop version.

  1. Open the Browser
  2. Tap the action key in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap Settings followed by Developer Tools
  4. Set the Desktop Mode switch to On

Bonus: Find files that you downloaded

After you download a file from the BlackBerry Browser you can go to the download manager to find it again, open it, and share it. In the Browser, tap the action key in the bottom right corner followed by Downloads.

To learn about a feature on your BlackBerry 10 smartphone or troubleshoot an issue, there are several great options available to help. Visit 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.

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