So you got a new PlayBook this holiday, that is great. Now its time to learn how to use it, and bring out the full PlayBook experience. Whether you have been a tablet user for a while and are transitioning to the PlayBook or getting one for the first time there is a bit of a learning curve. The more that you know about this device the better your experience will be.
Capture and Save A Playbook Screenshot
To take a screenshot on the PlayBook, hold down the + and - buttons at the same time. The screenshot will be saved within the Camera folder.
(Note: Corporate users or users connected to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) won't be able to snap a PlayBook screen capture while linked to their smartphones via BlackBerry Bridge, due to security features. However, BES users can simply disconnect BlackBerry Bridge for a second if they need to take a screen shot.)
Manage Your PlayBook Apps And Icons
Knowing how to effectively manage your applications and icons can make your PlayBook experience a lot easier. The PlayBook Home-screen is broken down into the following sections: All, Favorites, Media, Games, and Blackberry Bridge ( this becomes available when bridged to your BlackBerry). These sections are conveniently placed at the top of the pane for easy access.
The favorites section is where you can place frequently used apps for quick access. To move an app to the Favorites section or to any section, simply hold your finger on the icon you wish to move until its starts blinking/throbbing. Then just drag it over the Favorites section or to any section that you want.
Certain apps can also be deleted this way as well. You will notice that the apps that can be deleted will have a little trash can icon that shows up. If you delete an app from the "All" section it is deleted permanently, but if you delete it from any other section it will only remove it from that section.
Create A PlayBook Home-Screen Shortcut for Webpages
The ability to create a shortcut for webpage's is a really nice feature as it allows for quick access to frequently used webpage's right from your home-screen. Once the shortcut is created it creates an icon on your home-screen with a picture of the webpage.
To create a home-screen shortcut open up the browser application and go to the webpage you want to create a shortcut for. Once there simply touch the Add Bookmark white star button in the top right corner. You will be presented with two options so select the option to " Add to Home Screen", this will add the book mark to the home-screen.
Allow The PlayBook To Keep Apps Active While Multitasking
One of features that separates the PlayBook from the rest of the competition is its ability to multitask. That is the ability to run multiple applications at one time. However, the PlayBook ships with a default setting that prevent this sort of thing from happening. This is great if your watching a movie or playing a game and need to switch over and check an email. This works great for those apps, but what if your listening to a podcast or a music app and do not need the app to pause?
To change this setting navigate to the settings icon on your PlayBook then go to"General" section and from the drop down menu select "Showcase". Your applications will now continue to run even after you've navigated away from them.
Prioritize The PlayBook's Wi-Fi Networks
Managing Wi-Fi networks is something you may find your self doing more frequently than you think. One of the nice things that the PlayBook does for you is that it imports your existing Wi-Fi connections from your BlackBerry device on to the PlayBook.
To rank your Wi-Fi networks head back in to the "general" settings by tapping the gear icon in the right hand corner. Then find the network you wish to connect to, and prioritize it by touching and holding a network name, then dragging it to the top of the networks list, with the network you wish to connect to first at the top. Then just order your networks from top to bottom, with your preferred Wi-Fi networks on top.
PlayBook Private Browsing
There are times where you simply do not want others seeing your website browsing history. The PlayBook can be configured for private browsing.
To enable private browsing open up your PlayBook's web browser and then go to options. You can get to the options by dragging your finger down from the top of the display. From the options menu select Privacy & Security then select the option to turn On Private browsing. Your PlayBook will now stay in private browsing until you switch it off.
Quickly Bring Up The PlayBook's Keyboard
Many times you will want to bring up the PlayBook's keyboard as it often disappears. The easiest way to do this is to swipe your finger diagonally from the bottom left corner. This will bring up the keyboard.
Last but not least, getting to know the Playbook gestures is key to quickly navigating around the PlayBook. I suggest you take a minute to check them. You can find a great how-to on the PlayBook gestures over at the Inside BlackBerry Blog.