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TIPS: How to change Blackberry browser and device settings for better viewing

I love my new Blackberry Bold but even with reading glasses, it was a pain to browse the web. Am I old or what?

Solution: Tips on how to change Blackberry browser settings for better viewing

If you're tired of not being able to read the text in a web page and having to constantly keep zooming in this is how to change that.

Open the browser, go to Options, General Properties. The settings with the asterisks are the ones that need to be changed.

Settings should say:
Default browser Internet Browser
Default Font Family BBAlpha Sans
*Default Font Size - type in 10 - You can raise the size by clicking 1 until you reach the number you want. I have mine set at 14
*Minimum Font Size - type in 10 - Do as above
Minimum Font Style Plain
*Default View Column (change this here and then when you are in a web page and want to see page view just hit 'z'. Having this set to column view makes all the difference.

The next few I left the same, but changed the following:
Prompt before: check Close Browser on Escape - made it much easier to close completely.
Closing Modified pages should be checked anyway.

In the Browser Configuration option, I checked Support JavaScript, but not allow JavaScript popups. This may slow your browser just a little bit but it's worth it to have Java. The rest of the boxes are checked.

Then hit the escape key when you're done. It will prompt you to save settings - click OK and they are now saved.

A much better experience!!!

Hope this helps those of you that didn't already know this.

To change the font size on your device in general, click on options, screen/keyboard and type in a new font size. Now I can finally see everything without squinting or buying stronger reading glasses.

Comment balloon 2 commentsJohn Mayer • November 28 2009 05:13PM


We know we are getting older when we have to change the default font size of our mobile devices. I have mine set on 14.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 10 years ago

Laura - It's a lot easier for me to use now just like a big button telephone :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago