More BlackBerry 10 Browser tips to help your surf the mobile web like a pro

More BlackBerry 10 Browser tips to help your surf the mobile web like a pro
By DJ Reyes on 2 Jun 2014 10:51 am EDT
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We took a look at 10 BlackBerry 10 Browser tips to help you browse the mobile web more efficiently. At the same time we asked, you the reader, to share other tips you have. There was a nice handful of things suggested so we thought we'd bring you another post with more browser tips. 

We've got some specific QWERTY keyboard tips but there are some other tips for other device users, too. Without further ado, here are more BlackBerry 10 Browser tips to help you surf the mobile web like a pro.

 

Keyboard shortcuts

Q10 keyboard

This one is targeted at QWERTY keyboard users, however, they do work on full touchscreen devices too, you just have to bring up the virtual keyboard - use two fingers and swipe up from the bottom bezel.

  • Refresh page - L
  • Activate Reader Mode - R
  • Find/Search page - S
  • Show history - H
  • Show bookmarks - K
  • Jump to the top - T
  • Jump to the bottom - B
  • Scroll down page - Spacebar
  • Scroll up page - Shift + Spacebar

I do wish there was a shortcut for a New Tab.

 

Gestures

Pinch gestures

There are some gestures that you can perform to carry out tasks too. The following zoom gestures work in other areas too, like when viewing photos.

  • Zoom into page - use two fingers and drag them apart (or double tap screen)
  • Zoom out of page - use two fingers and pinch them together (or double tap screen)
  • Jump to top - Swipe down from the top and tap webpage bar that appears

 

Add other search engines

Browser Add Search option

This was a tip left by a reader in the comments of the original browser tips post and is very helpful. By default, Bing is the selected search engine on the BlackBerry 10 browser. You can change this but by default, there are only three search engines to choose from in all - Bing, Google, Yahoo. If none of them tickle your fancy. There is a way to add more.

To add your preferred search engine, just navigate to the website and once it has loaded, tap the overflow menu and then hit + Add Search. It will then be added to the list of search engines. 

There is also an alternative and that's by visiting a website called MyCroft Project which allows you add many more search engines to the list. Just head over to www.mycroftproject.com, search for your preferred search engine, then tap the link and it will prompt you to add the Search Provider. Hit Add and you're good to go.

To make this newly added Search Provider your default preference, start typing a search (or anyting for that matter) into the address bar, you'll then see a dropdown menu in the top right corner of the screen, tap it and select your search provider. Since this dropdown menu appears everytime you enter something into the address bar, you can add search providers such as IMDb to your list and just pick that from the dropdown when you want to search anything movie related. Since finding this method, this is what I do.

 

Apps for icon creation

Shortcut Creator

In the original browser tips post I mentioned that you can save a website to the Homescreen as a shortcut so you don't have to even launch the browser to load it up. However, sometimes, when you save a website it doesn't have a icon and instead you get a tiny screen cap like icon of the webpage you saved. This makes it unsighlty on your Homescreen as it doesn't quite blend in. All is not lost though, as there are some apps that will allow you to create icons that you can assign to your web shortcuts to make them fit in with the rest of the icons on your Homescreen.

 

If you missed our first post containing 10 browser tips for BlackBerry 10, you should head on over there now. Have we missed anymore tips? Hit up the comments and share them.

47 comments

tranquil45

Is this new?

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SuperionMaximus

BlackBerry 10 Browser is the definition of Pro

neo158

On the all touchscreen devices I think the browser is a lot like the WP browser from a looks standpoint with the controls at the bottom. I actually like it as it means there's more room for content.

BerryRipe

I've forgotten or just didn't know of some of the keyboard shortcuts, thanks DJ!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

theEmperorhasnoclothes

shortcuts on qwerty devices: Hit 'p' to go back to your previous page.

Detective M Downs

I don't have the "+ Add Search" - on current OS from VZW.

ymb

Was looking for it on my q10 too from vzw

Posted via CB10 on my awesome black Q10 or my white sexy Z10

DJ Reyes

Only appears when there's a recognised search engine

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Detective M Downs

DJ - I used the example pictured above, with no luck.

mehofmann

How can we add ixquick or startpage to the browsers default search engine?

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TheBlkGuyFrmWrk

You have to perform a search first and not all search engines work, I tried dogpile.com no dice but wikipedia worked

Detective M Downs

I tried to example provided, and had no luck; but adding Wikipedia worked.

Biggles

One thing that's always bugged me (on BB 7 OS anyway) is that there isn't the equivalent, when you are entering a list of details, of hitting the Tab key to move to the next entry field.

Or is there......

Xandrex_BSCF

I do not understand what you are saying.

That being said, in the BlackBerry10 browser, when you are in a form, and in an input entry, you have two buttons [Previous] and [Next] and when you reach the last one, the [Next] button becomes [Submit].

The order is defined as usual. Either by the natural order of the HTML5 stricture of the form or by the order dictated by each form input element (as coded by the webmaster).

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Antoniius

Seems like this was hurried on here after all the hate over the crapple article.

Useful for my Q10 though didn't know a couple of them.

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy Gold and White Q10.

DaDaDogg

You need to get Lei'ed Bro, I recommend a Haku or Hilo type. Don't make Kev prove you wrong again.

Triple D's 4G on BB! 

Anthony_2u

We need new apps or information about them coming over native apps. I'm alright with my Z10 but I wish I had more apps like Bank apps Specifically Bank of Nova Scotia. I know it's Canadian based so why don't they support blackberry, sigh I'm from Jamaica and that's my bank other OS have it u want it please. Also a native Skype in return for BBM and ooVoo would be nice too all native we need apps really do good apps sigh where is the support?

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neo158

I agree that a Skype/BBM deal would be a good thing, Microsoft and BlackBerry should set an example of cooperation in the industry.

rallen562

Thanks DJ!!
I had forgotten or never knew about:
Jump to top - Swipe down from the top and tap webpage bar that appears.

Sure is handy. :)

Posted via CB10 with my Z10.

Crackberry_Canadian

The article missed the jump to bottom shortcut. Press and hold anywhere on the page then swipe up.

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cjterminator

I liked this one too, did not know before. It will come very handy.

ranjanclandad

The www.mycroftproject.com was interesting. I had forgotten about some of these like scroll to the top. Thanks.

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Buzz88

Is there a way to prevent videos from automatically maximizing on the screen? Seems like many pages I view have video ads and they keep opening full screen and I have to minimize them. Or better yet, the ability to prevent video from automatically playing so when I'm not on wifi these damn ads don't keep using up my data.

BK_NY_RAY

I didn't know the Jump to Top and add search engines. I think I would prefer to just tap the top of the screen to Jump to Top.

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kjjb0204

W is the new tab (window) shortcut.

PD in T-DOT

Can you tell me where bookmarks are saved on the device? Loaded 10.3 and went with a clean install. The only issue I had was bookmarks.

STL100-3 | Rogers | 10.3.0.296/442

PD in T-DOT

Thanks for the commentary by the way.

STL100-3 | Rogers | 10.3.0.296/442

Prem WatsApp

No export possible yet, afaik.

One of the little grievances still remaining. They should be preserved in the settings part of a BB10 Link backup, need to restore.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Prem WatsApp

There is a Firefox sync app, but haven't tested it yet.

http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/59883

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Xandrex_BSCF

Alas, it does not work anymore for de Firefox 29 and higher.

It worked with version 28.

The reason is a new mechanism for the Firefox cloud, that does not rely anymore on the short passcodes.

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TheBlkGuyFrmWrk

Another keyboard shortcut , you can use "i" to zoom in and "o" to zoom out

chrishaines

Z10 Att does not have +add search

allwi

> I do wish there was a shortcut for a New Tab.

I cannot agree more: shortcuts for 'New Tab', 'Next Tab' and especially 'Close Tab' as missing.

Hibbylinx81

That mycroft site is a gem; I couldn't get the bloody thing to work otherwise consistently!

jsille

Good, I didn't know about the gesture to jump to top in a Web page, thank you the tip!!! It's amazing to discover new features in my phone

BBM channel: C0040FF4D..... Proudly Z10 owner...

Guyzer

Just realized the keyboard shortcuts also work on z30. Not that they make it that much faster but it's nice to have that functionality since I'm missing my bb9900

Btw you gotta be careful where you have focus in websites if you want to use the shortcuts. If your focused on a text box input the shortcuts won't work. They will just start typing in text

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Guyzer

Z30STA100-5/10.3.0.296

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mousii

Thx for the article, very good refresher!

Powered by BB

mnc76

I'm planning on getting a Z3.

What I would like to see is a 12 part series titled:

"Opening your Web browser"

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rstevenw

I added my companies eCommerce site to the search options. Now I can can use universal search to kick off product searches without first opening the browser.

riyanast

Thanks for the jump to top on Z, that is new for me

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FredyZ10

Please help:
Does anyone know how to delete the files being saved after saving a website to browse them later offline? HTML file and other files can not be deleted :(

Heelp 

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debbie connolly

How do I find ppl on this

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andy957

Typo in title: "your surf" should be "you surf". :)

iRetired

Tl;dr. Use the I key to zoom in and use the o key to zoom out. Didn't see those for the keyboard shortcuts.

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sheradon

Bring up address bar: press 'u'.
From there you can get to the menu by pressing the symbol next to the address bar twice.

amilardovic

I also wish there was a keyboard shortcut to cycle through tabs, forwards and backwards.