The Options Bar on Your Fire Tablet

By Nancy C. Muir

The Options bar runs along the bottom or right side of your Fire tablet screen, depending on which app or library you open and how the device is oriented. In some apps, the Options bar is always visible.

If the Options bar is hidden, you will typically (but not always) see a small black tab with lines on it, either on the right side or at the bottom of the screen, which you can swipe to display the Options bar. In other cases (as in the ereader app), just tap the screen and the Options bar appears.

The items offered on the Options bar change, depending on what library or app you’re using, but they always include a Home button, Search button, and back arrow to move back one screen.

In addition, you’ll sometimes see a Menu button when you tap the Options bar. This icon, which looks like a little box with three lines in it, makes available commonly used settings for the currently displayed feature, such as a button to switch to list view rather than thumbnails.

The figure shows you the options available on the Apps library screen. From left to right in the figure, these buttons are Back, the Home button, and Search.

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Use the Home button to jump back to the Fire tablet Home screen from anywhere. On some screens where it would be annoying to be distracted by the Options bar, such as the ereader, you may have to tap the screen to make the Options bar appear.