BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Adding a home screen shortcut on the BlackBerry PlayBook

PlayBook Homescreen Shortcut
By Adam Zeis on 3 May 2011 12:56 pm EDT

One of the new features in the latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS update is the ability to add a browser shortcut to the home screen. This gives you the ability to create your own bookmarks right on the PlayBook home screen as opposed to the browser itself, giving you one click access to whatever site you choose. To do this, simply navigate to the site for which you want to set the bookmark. Then press and release the "add bookmark" icon (white star with the + sign). Choose Add to Home Screen, enter a name for the shortcut and you're done. That's all there is to it! Now you can make your own shortcuts for any of your favorite sites including Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and of course CrackBerry :-)

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BlackBerry PlayBook 101: Adding a home screen shortcut on the BlackBerry PlayBook


be sure you like whats on the screen when you add the shortcut because thats what the icon will look like. For example I zoomed in on the CB logo for my shortcut.

Bookmark window just cloes itself whenever i go to either add to homescreen or the other option. Bookmarks was working for me before the update. Any ideas?

I would love to add a few shortcuts, but when are we going to be able to clear out the homescreen chaff?

EVERYTHING on PlayBook needs folders/categories: constant scrolling is for kids ! And where is the Web home/refresh/emailing ling, etc: all the stuff that's on the smartphone !?
Lonf way to go but still sort of happy .....

I want the ability to rename the bookmarks and folders to organize my links. I never thought about it until the guy atop said it but a home button would be great as well.

Just added to my favorites. I access this website daily and possibly 4-6 times a day. I would really like to see a CrackBerry app for my PlayBook.

How do I add a program to the favorites folder, and is there anyway of getting rid of the programs that I don't want?

Is it possible for me (as a webmaster of a website) to define an icon image for my website? So when users bookmark my site, it saves the icon image we've defined instead of screenshot of the website? For example, for the iPhone/iPad I just save apple-touch-icon.png to the root folder of my site.