Last week I had the pleasure of receiving a BlackBerry Torch 9810 for review. The full work-up is forthcoming, but in the meantime I’d like to start sharing some tips from the newest incarnation of the BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 7. It’s really just a small evolution of BlackBerry 6, but it’s souped up a bit. There are simply tons of little tips and tricks that go along with it, so if you’re going to get a new BlackBerry, or you just want to see what’s up with the latest and greatest, check out the series of tips we’ll run in the next few weeks. First up is one of my favorite new features, the ability to remove panels from your home screen. We’re starting off with a pretty easy one, and one that we knew was coming at that. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome. If you want to remove panels from your home screen, go to Options, and then Display. Click into Home Screen Preferences and you’ll see a familiar screen. It’s hwere you can change your wallpaper, typing preferences (universal search or shortcuts), and downloads folders. But in OS 7 there’s an added field: Home Screen Panels. Click Manage Panels and you’ll see a screen like the one in the screenshot. I’m pretty good with using just the All tab, so I can pare mine down a ton. For example, to me Favorites and Frequent are redundant, so I can just skip favorites and let my frequently used apps speak for themselves. The Media panel gets little use, either, so it goes bye bye. Since I can manage my downloads from the All tab I can get rid of that one, too. That leaves just All and Frequent. With a little folder work, that’s completely workable. The beauty is that you can let this work however you want it. Want all of the panels to stay? Cool. Want to remove just one? Do it. It just adds to the customization experience, which I’ve found to be quite good with the new OS.
Tips for Tuesday: Manage home screen panels in OS 7
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