Navigating Web Pages with a BlackBerry - dummies

Navigating Web Pages with a BlackBerry

Using the Browser on a BlackBerry to navigate a Web page is easy. Note that hyperlinks on a BlackBerry are highlighted on-screen. To jump to a particular hyperlink, scroll to the highlighted link on your BlackBerry and press the trackball.

Here are few shortcuts to use while navigating a Web page on your BlackBerry:

  • Quickly move up and down one full display page at a time by pressing 9 (down arrow) or 3 (up arrow).
  • Quickly switch between full-screen mode and normal mode by pressing the exclamation point (!) key. Think of full-screen mode simply as another way to view the same Web page on your BlackBerry, but the BlackBerry doesn’t show anything extra (for example, signals level) on the top portion of the display screen. Normal mode is what you get by default.
  • To stop loading a page, press the escape key.
  • After a page fully loads, go back to the previous page by pressing the escape key.

And don’t forget the Browser menu (press the menu key). It has some useful shortcuts.

Here are the Browser menu options:

  • Page Overview: Displays a compressed version of the Web page, allowing you to see the entire Web page by using fewer scrolls. The compressed version is also broken down into sections, where each section represents a single displayable page. Use this feature to navigate quickly to the section of the Web page you want; then press the trackball while the section is highlighted to display that portion of the Web page.
    The Page Overview differs depending on the view you’re using in Browser.
  • Desktop View: Appears only if You’re currently in the Mobile View. This view allows you to see the layout of the page as you would normally see it on your PC’s Internet browser. Having a small screen, you can see only a portion of the Web page. To see the rest of it, you use the trackball to scroll left, right, up, and down.
  • Mobile View: This is the default view and normally does not appear as a menu option. It shows up only if You’re currently in the Desktop View. With this view, the Web page displays vertically, meaning a wide Web page wraps down and you can use the trackball to scroll up and down the page.
  • Find: Finds text within the current page. Like any other basic Find tool, choosing this option displays a prompt to enter the text you want to find. After the initial search, a Find Next menu appears for finding the next matching text.
  • Copy: Appears if you have currently highlighted text. Selecting Copy will copy the highlighted text into memory so that you can use it later for pasting somewhere else, such as in your MemoPad.
  • Get Link: Appears if you have a currently highlighted link. Choosing this menu item opens that page of the link. Hint: The faster way to open a link is to press enter.
  • Home: The shortcut to your home page. The default home page can vary from carrier to carrier, but you can change it by bringing up the Browser menu and then choosing Options –> Browser Configuration. From there, you can change the Home Page Address field.
  • Go To: Enables you to open a Web page by entering the Web address and pressing the trackball. As you enter more addresses, the ones you entered before are listed and stored for possible future use so that you don’t have to type them again.
  • Back <Esc>: Goes back to the previous page you viewed.
    When you see <Esc>, you can achieve the same function by pressing the escape key.
  • Forward: If you’ve gone back at least one Web page in your browsing travels, use Forward to progress one page at a time.
  • Recent Pages: Browser can track up to 20 pages of Web addresses you’ve visited, which you can view on the History screen. From there, jump to any of those Web pages by highlighting the history page and pressing the enter key twice.
  • Refresh: Updates the current page. This is helpful when you’re viewing a page with data that changes frequently (such as stock quotes).
  • Set Encoding: Specifies the encoding used in viewing a Web page. This is useful when viewing foreign languages that use different characters.

When you try to open a Web page, indicators appear at the bottom of the screen that show the progress of your request — whether it’s requesting a page or that the requested page is still loading.