Do you find yourself losing interest in the real world? Are there moments you long to be near a computer to view the latest sports scores or blog posts? Do you have the urge to look something up on Wikipedia because you need the answer now? Fret not; as the owner of a BlackBerry smartphone you can easily access the internet whenever and wherever you go. We're going to discuss how to use your BlackBerry browser so you'll never be more than a few inches away from your precious internet ever again.
Now that we know a little bit about the browser, let's get in to the basics shall we?
Open the browser
First, where can we find it? Unfortunately, there's no universal search, so we'll have to do things the old fashioned way and search the home screen. For some carriers, you might see multiple icons (i.e. WAP, HotSpot), so don't panic if they look similar as it depends on the theme. In this case we're looking for the one marked Browser.
For all you newbies out there don't be surprised if a blank box comes up with the BlackBerry logo. Hit the menu button, click on 'go to' and that will bring you to the start screen where you can access your bookmarks, browsing history, address bar and search bar.
Bookmarks are arranged in descending order from most to least visited so you'll never be more than a click away from your favorite websites.
Viewing and Browsing Websites
There are various ways to visit webpages from within the browser itself: address bar, bookmarks, history/recent pages and search bar.
After opening the browser, type the URL in the address bar at the top and click enter. After a few seconds, your page should load the mobile version.
When you're in the start screen, click on the bookmark heading, go through the list, highlight your choice and click the trackball/touchpad or the enter key.
Want to make finding that bookmark easier? Type in the first few letters and you'll be able to narrow down the list.
Already visited a site but don't want to go through extra clicks or taps to go back? Simply use history and recent pages (menu > options > recent pages) as long as you
don't clear your cache and cookies. Just remember that each time you open and close your browser all stored items in recent pages are deleted.
Like other browsers and search engines, the BlackBerry browser gives you the option of entering in a specific term if you don't have an exact web address. The cool thing is that if you point your cursor over the box on the right, you can choose from a list of popular search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo!, Live Search, Wikipedia, and Dictionary.com).
After you type in your term hit enter for the results. All you need to do is click on the site you want from within the search results and you'll be taken there.
You might have guessed it looks just a tad bit small. What's the reason for the miniature print? It's because there are two different ways to view pages on your device: column view and page view. In a nutshell, column view reformats to fit your screen and wraps the text to the next line (similar to automatic resizing). Page view renders the full webpage as seen on your computer and is OS5's default view, hence the tiny print and the need to scroll side to side and zoom in to get a closer look.
Here's the same search in column view.
To zoom, move your cursor until the magnifying glass appears and then click until the size is acceptable or press the menu button and click on zoom in. To try and combat the small print, modify the font size by clicking on menu > options > general options and make the default and minimum font size and style bigger.
Browser functions and shortcuts
- Escape key - zoom out (only works after zooming in)
- A - Add to bookmarks
- B - Bottom of page
- G - Navigate to another page
- H - Home Page
- I - Zoom In
- K - Bookmark list
- L - View web page link address to copy or send
- P - View web page address to copy/paste to another application or send via email, pin, text, etc.
- R - Refresh website
- S - Open browser options
- T - Top of page
- U - View or hide banner (shows or hides notification icons at top)
- Z - Switch between column view and page view
There you have it; the basics to using the stock browser in OS 5. It may not have all the bells and whistles that other browsers have but it will take you where you need to o. What do you think of the BlackBerry browser on OS 5? Sound off in the comments below.