It's Alive! Breathing icons make shortcuts and favorites easy on the BlackBerry PlayBook

BlackBerry PlayBook icons breathe
By Joseph Holder on 4 Jun 2011 02:39 pm EDT

CrackBerry Tip of the Day #4

Continuing our series of helpful tips about favorites, have you wondered how to turn an application into a favorite? It's not hard to do. In fact you make favorites, reorder icons, and even move icons to different panes in the same way.

The first thing to do is to touch and hold an icon. You can do this from any pane (i.e., All, Favorites, Media, etc.), but let's start with the All pane. After a moment of holding an icon, all of the icons on the pane will breathe. Now you can:

  • Delete a shortcut or application. Touch the trash can underneath each icon to delete it. If you are in the All pane, you will be prompted to delete the application. In any other pane, the shortcut will be deleted.
  • Reorder the icons: Just drag the breathing icon to where you want it to go. All the other icons will reorder themselves.
  • Make a Favorite: Drag a breathing icon to where it says Favorites in the ribbon. You'll see a dim blue box around Favorites. Let go of the icon and a shortcut will be added to your Favorites. And for that matter...
  • Make a shortcut in any of the panes: Just drag a breathing icon to the name of any of the panes in the ribbon. Just as before, a dim blue box appears around the name; let go and your shortcut will be created in your desired pane.

Once you've finished making your changes, touch the small check mark on the far left of the ribbon or touch the name of any other pane. Your icons will stop breathing and your changes are saved. 

All this shortcut-making starts in the All pane. If you try to copy from any other pane, you'll just end up moving the icon. Say you want to make the Videos app into a favorite. If you start from the Media pane, you'll add the Videos icon to the Favorites pane but it will be deleted from Media. Instead, drag the breathing video icon from All pane to Favorites. That way, you'll keep the shortcut in the Media folder, add a shortcut to the Favorites pane, and have another in the All pane. 

Or, any other way you'd like. The combinations and possiblities are endless; what you do with your icons and shortcuts is entirely up to you. 

Reader comments

It's Alive! Breathing icons make shortcuts and favorites easy on the BlackBerry PlayBook


Excellent article. Thanks so much for the tip. This has been a small issue for me and this is exactly the answer I needed!

Crackberry, helping solve mans mysteries with complete ease. While I do not have a playbook just yet, seeing that there's a Tartis background out there, means I may just have to get it soon. That made my day.

Hey Joseph, LOVE the wallpaper. Nothin better to show power then the Tardis. :D I guess PlayBooks ARE bigger in the inside. ^_~

I will remember this tip once I get my hands on a playbook.

The combinations and possibilities are certainly not endless given how juvenile the interface is on the Playbook: (i) no way to organize your apps beyond putting everything into the "favourites"; and (ii) no way to add your own personal categories into the ribbon thereby providing a truly personal way to work on the Playbook.

The ability to add new categories to the ribbon is an absolute must - at 105 applications so far, having everything in the "All Category" is a royal pain in the butt to navigate - scroll scroll scroll scroll scroll sroll. Even if you put half this amount into the Favourites tab, it still is a pain in the butt to navigage.

Right.... because it's easier on other tablets.... it's the same no matter what tablet you use. You'll have to scroll to put stuff somewhere. I don't even know what you could do with hundreds of apps anyway... too many.