Monday, January 30, 2012

Tips & Tricks: Screen Locking, Closing All Tabs, and Clearing Browser History


Last week when we asked people what they used the Fire for and what they wanted from our site, we got some interesting results in the poll and suggestions from the comments. The clear favorite for what people wanted and what people got from the Kindle Fire Department was information about their device in the articles we present each day. As a result, we'll be looking for ways to bring you more of that.

We also got a very insightful comment about the technical level of our articles. It's obviously a little difficult to always avoid topics that will be too tough for some people, but as we do strive to reach the widest possible base of Fire users, there should definitely be plenty of material that's accessible to everyone.

In that spirit, our Tips & Tricks article today will be sort of a Back to Basics lesson for those familiar with the Fire. These functions may be ones you've overlooked, of if you're new to the Fire they may be perfect to help get you familiar with your device. All in all, we hope to offer something useful to everyone with a Fire in our articles.

Locking the Screen Orientation
Considering the Fire is such a portable device, it's easy to imagine yourself in a situation where you need to stop the screen from changing from portrait to landscape view or vice-versa because of where you are or what you're doing. Setting the device flat on a surface can cause it to shift too. But there's no need to worry about twisting your wrist a bit and making the screen change if you Lock it in the Quick Settings.

All you have to do is tap the gear in the top right corner to make the Quick Settings menu appear at the top of the screen. On the far left, you'll find where it says Unlocked with an arrow around it. Tap that to toggle back and forth. Illustrations:

Closing All Tabs on Silk Browser
We've been hearing lately about an unfortunate problem people have been having with too many tabs opening when you start-up the Silk Browser. Although there is not way yet to completely prevent this, there are some ways to manage it. An important thing to remember is that tabs aren't automatically closed when you exit the browser, so you should close them yourself before you exit. That may or may not solve the problem, but even if you do open the browser and see a bunch of tabs jump out at you, this little tip should help you close them all and save you the time of individually closing every single one.

Instead of just tapping the X to close a tab and letting go, tab and hold the X until a pop-up menu appears with the option to close all tabs.

Clearing Browser Cache and History
Another possible solution to the Surprise Tabs Problem is to clear the browser cache and history. And there are other practical reasons why you may want to do this from time to time as well, the same with the browser on your laptop or PC.

After opening up a new web browser, head down to the bottom and tap the menu button, which will bring up a bar with options. Tap settings, and you'll be brought to a screen where you can configure your preferences for Saved Data. Right in the middle are the options for Clear cache and Clear history. Tap them, confirm, and then they'll be gone.

Stay tuned for more great apps this afternoon!

14 comments:

  1. Is there a way to clear an app off the cloud drive you have downloaded and don't want anymore? Would love to be able to do that.

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  2. Hi Samantha, yes, you can both delete apps from your device and the cloud. To remove from the device, go to the app's image and hold down until a menu comes up allowing you to remove. To delete it from the cloud, go to Your Apps & Devices in your account on Amazon.com, find the app amongst those you have, go to the action bar on the right, and choose the option to delete it. Remember that apps removed this way would have to be repurchased if you want to use them again. Hope that helps and thanks for visiting!

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    1. I know Samantha asked about apps she had purchased but, if you could find a way to remove the bloatware, that would be truly remarkable. It's the only thing about my Fire that I despise. I don't use IMBD, Audible, or a host of the other apps they have forced me to take up space on MY device.

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    2. Hi XFRod, unfortunately if the pop-up menu doesn't give you the option to remove the app there really isn't a way to get rid of those. Sorry. I'll toss out the name of an app that does things like this, but I'm really pretty sure it won't remove those pre-installed ones either: AppRemover.

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  3. Is there a way to keep screen open while listening to an audiobook? It is impossible to pause, rewind or stop audiobook quickly when screen closes and I have to enter my password to re-open my Kindle Fire. This makes it impossible to use in the car on long trips even as a passenger. I do not want to remove password or change time to close for other uses.

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    1. I am assuming you mean when the screen goes black after an x amount of time. If so they is a way to make it not do that. If not then just ignore this. If you want to keep the screen from going black or timing out what you want to do is click settings go to more then display. That will show you the brightness bar and then screen timeout. Click screen timeout and choose your time or just choose never. That should help if your problem is what I think it is. If its not then like I said just ignore me lol

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  4. Hi ddg, thanks for your question, but unfortunately I'm not aware of a way to do that without removing your password. Try shooting your question over to Amazon Customer Service. If they have a solution, definitely let us know!

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  5. Thank you for asking this samantha and thank you for the clear answer gadget.

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  6. Glad we could help you, Bobbie. Thanks for visiting!

    You're very welcome, Shannon!

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  7. What is a good antivirus for the Kindle Fire?

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    1. Hi blondeegirl95, the best anti-virus is probably Dr. Web Anti-Virus.

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  8. I am having the open tabs problem despite closing all of my tabs and clearing the the history/cache before ending each session. It is getting pretty annoying despite using the 'Close all tabs' suggestion. Is there ever going to be a fix for this?

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    1. Hi njr, I'd really thought we'd heard the last of this problem, and I'm surprised to hear this popping up again months later. There hasn't been any new info since the above, so calling Customer Service is really the only route to take if that's not working. Sorry for the trouble!

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