Cheat Sheet

Kindle 3 For Dummies

Almost everyone who uses a Kindle loves it. If you're a proud Kindle owner, discover quick and useful keyboard shortcuts, ways to protect your Kindle from loss or theft, and the answers to some frequently asked questions that Kindle owners have.

Kindle Keyboard Shortcuts

The Kindle is a cinch to use, and the buttons are very intuitive. Even so, a few shortcuts make using a Kindle even more convenient and can further enhance your reading experience.

Keyboard Shortcut What It Does
Alt+Q Types 1
Alt+W Types 2
Alt+E Types 3
Alt+R Types 4
Alt+T Types 5
Alt+Y Types 6
Alt+U Types 7
Alt+I Types 8
Alt+O Types 9
Alt+P Types 0
Alt+B Sets or removes a bookmark
Alt+Home Goes to the Kindle Store
Menu button Displays the time and available memory
Right on the 5-Way Controller Moves to next chapter (when you are within a book). On the Home screen, pressing the right arrow on the 5-Way Controller brings you to the information screen about the book, blog, or other content that you are viewing.
Shift+Sym Turns on Text-to-Speech
Spacebar Pauses Text-to-Speech
Back button Turns off Text-to-Speech
Alt+spacebar Plays or stops MP3s
Alt+F Skips to the next MP3
Alt+G Refreshes the screen
Shift+Alt+M Plays Minesweeper
Shift+Alt+G Takes a screenshot of the current screen

How to Protect Your Kindle

Help protect your Kindle in case of loss or theft by adding your contact information and a password on the Kindle Settings page. Protecting your Kindle in these ways means you could get the book reader back — if you're lucky!

  • Add your name and phone number to the Personal Info section of the Settings page by pressing the Menu button and selecting Settings. Press the Next Page button until you see the Personal Info option. Select Personal Info and use the keyboard to enter your name and phone number.

  • To set a password, press the Menu button and select Settings. Press the Next Page button until you see the Device Password option. Select Device Password, and use the keyboard to type a password in the Password and Confirm text boxes. You can then type a hint in the Hint text box to remind you what your password is if you forget it. The password comes up when you wake your Kindle out of Sleep mode. You aren't required to enter a password to open every e-book you want to read.

  • To remove password protection, press the Menu button and select Settings→Turn Off next to Device Password.

Frequently Asked Kindle Questions

Whether you've been using a Kindle for minutes or for years, you're likely to have some questions about how to use it efficiently. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from Kindle users:

  • What's better — putting the Kindle in Sleep mode or turning it off completely? The consensus is that it's best to leave the Kindle in Sleep mode. The Kindle doesn't consume any power while asleep (if the wireless is off), and it will instantly awaken when turned back on.

  • What's better — leaving the wireless on or off? Leaving the wireless on consumes power, so you have to charge your Kindle more often. Because most people don't have content being delivered continuously to the Kindle, it makes sense to leave the wireless off until you need it. However, some folks who have newspaper or blog subscriptions like to leave the wireless on at night, so the fresh content will be waiting for them when they wake up in the morning.

  • How often does the Kindle need to be charged? In general, you need to charge the Kindle when the battery indicator shows approximately 25 percent power remaining. If the battery gets too low, the Kindle may not be able synchronize and download content through the wireless.

  • Does the Kindle have a built in light? No. E-ink technology is different from an LCD screen, found on computers and smartphones. Because of this, you need an external light source to read the Kindle, just as you would with a traditional book.

  • Will an e-book bought from Amazon be in the archive forever? Theoretically, yes. Amazon has made a commitment to its Kindle customers to maintain their purchases in their online archive for an indefinite period of time. Even so, you'd be wise to back up all your e-books, whether from Amazon or other sources, on your computer.

  • Can a Kindle e-book be lent or borrowed? Yes, if the lending feature is turned on for the e-book. This availability varies by publisher and e-book. If the feature is available, the lending period is two weeks. An e-book can be lent only once. While the e-book is being lent, the lender doesn't have access to it on his or her Kindle or Amazon archive.

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