How to use the home screen dock on BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0

By Adam Zeis on 28 Feb 2012 01:30 pm EST
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The home sceen dock on the BlackBerry Playbook 2.0 software is a very welcome addition. In previous versions were we stuck with no dock for favorite or most used apps and had to deal with the multiple views/panes. While some users didn't mind, I for one have never been a fan of the panes on either my PlayBook or my phone, so I'm happy to see them gone. With the new home screen dock you can add or move icons to your liking, and unlike the original PlayBook software, you can have less than the standard six icons in a row. Check out the video above for a quick look at using the home screen dock on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Be sure to check out our full BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 walkthrough for all that's new.

23 comments

kazn3r

*screen

maybe i'll win something for being unofficial editor.

aj.bb.fanatic

So that's what it's called, Adam..."icon OCD!" LOL

Thanks for the tips. Didn't know I could place folders on the dock. Learned something new again about OS 2.0!

murialita

Is there a way to remove the dock? I tried removing all the icons, but the huge dark bar is still there messing up my wallpapers.

lang007

Can you create folders. Such as a games folder?

Eddiemed

Yeah, just drag 1 icon on top of another and it will prompt you for the folder name.

Adam Zeis

Yes. Just tap and hold, then drag one icon on top of another.

louzer

In the help app in the Applications section under Move Applications To The Dock, it states that there is no limit to the number of applications you can add to the dock. But it seems to limit you to six with no scrolling. It would have been nice to be able to add more than six.

dony71

Beta OS 2.0 can have icons more than six in the dock
like mention in forum thread below

http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-tablet-os-f228/want-more-than-6-...

Cannot do anymore this trick in released OS 2.0 :(
I prefer to have more than six icon also in the dock

BB_Bmore

No limit indeed if you place a folder on your dock. ;)

cdelcampo216

All I know is that I am extremely happy with OS 2 & really glad I decided to join the CB community... I learn something new everyday!

CDC

demoriginal

Is it possible, to automatically start an app on booting?

Umm Yeah

You should have shown how you can create new panes in addition to/instead of folders by dragging an icon off of the page to the right of left. It allows you to create multiple panes that you can group icons into, like folders, but they can be reached by swiping to the right or left. It's pretty cool and I haven't seen it discussed since I saw it on a pre-production version of OS2.

NightFire

A few days ago, I organized my dock into neat little folders...with nothing below the dock. Later that day, I rebooted my PlayBook, and it was stuck on the splash screen. I stumbled across this post while trying to figure out how to debrick my device: http://forums.crackberry.com/blackberry-playbook-f222/playbook-always-fr.... Apparently, I am not the only one that has experienced this problem.

theuncensoredthinker

I deleted the blackberry bridge folder that the bridge icons came in on 2.0 but everytime I turn my playbook off and on again the deleted folder appears wtf???? Has anyone else had this problem?

Lylej2k

Loving 2.0, however I really like that wallpaper. Is that posted somewhere so I can download it?

Edit: Found it, along with others in the blogs

glassofpinot

Thanks.
I would recommend putting a section at the end to show how you can move an app icon to the right into the next pane or folder - whatever it is called.

world traveler and former ceo

Love these "How to ... using Playbook 2.0" postings!!! . so informative and helpful .. even for long time bb and playbook users . .like me!! ... thank!!!!! more please !! :)

conker

I don't understand why this is better? Just like on OS7, you can choose which panels are present. For those who don't like the panels, couldn't the same thing be simulated by disabling all but one?! I like the option of being able to have more than one dock/panel. I really don't understand why this is SO much better....???!!!

baandoptager

Sorry for bustin your balls, but this video is so lame.... Theres nothing new about the dock what so ever. Theres was no need to spend time on that video.

rexrim

I love this video :-)