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Create a Custom Home Page for your Playbook Browser!

Last night I discovered something that quite a few people knew about, but I hadn't heard of and that I think is totally awesome: you can use the Playbook browser to look through the filesystem of your Playbook by entering the URL "File:"

I got bored of that a bit quickly, because you can't really do much in the filesystem without root access, which we don't have anymore. But I did realize that you could use this feature to set a custom homescreen for your BlackBerry Playbook!

So this morning I did some quick html coding and made myself a custom homescreen. And, as is my custom, I decided I'd share it with the OSBB community :)

As you can see in the picture above, there are a total of 16 shortcuts, that take you to:
The OpenSourceBB Blog
The CrackBerry Blog
The BerryReview Blog
Google Search
Yahoo Search
FoxNews or CNN News (depending on the version you choose)
And the Bridge launchpad

Installation instructions:

First, download either the FoxNews or CNN version (this is the only difference between the two) to your desktop.

Fox News Version

CNN Version

Then follow these instructions:

1. Extract the "browser" folder from your
2. Place the "browser" folder into the "misc" folder of your Playbook filesyestem.
3. Open your browser and open settings
4. Under the General tab, change the "For a New Page Show" option to "My Home Page."
5. For the Home Page option, enter: file:///accounts/1000/shared/misc/browser/index.html
(Make sure you have three /s after file: as shown above).
6. That's it! You now have a custom home page!

Feel free to modify index.html using any text editor to change the urls and the icons used! A Paypal donation button is included, but can be easily removed by editing the index.html.

After talking about this with the rest of the OSBB team, I was informed that there's also an app that will do this in BlackBerry App World, which you can check out at

Shane Cridlebaugh

Co-founder and legal nay-sayer of OSBB. Owner of SCrApps Application Development, WebWorks aficionado, Open Source contributor. SCrid2000 on most blogs. I build awesome BlackBerry apps when I'm not doing legal work or spending time with my wife and two boys.

Follow me on Twitter - @GShaneC

Check out my apps in BlackBerry World


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  • way to go, this is great. there is an app that does this, but for people who want free, great option, great find, great share. keep it up. thanks

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